I am currently reading Chris Mullin's excellent political diaires "A View From the Foothills". One particular entry jumped out at me:
Monday, 13 March 2000
At supper in the Tea Room the talk was of New Labour's tendency to double and triple count new public spending. We were joined by Jack Straw, who said the idea was Gordon's and he had been against it from the outset. He added, "Fancy tactics never work. They always catch up with you in the end."
So why is it that what was obvious to Straw a decade ago is still not clear to Brown now? He was up to the same old tricks again a few weeks ago with the supposed $1 Trillion pledge from the G20 summit.
I also makes me wonder why Jack Straw was so keen to be Brown's campaign manager for his "election" "campaign" as leader if he was so scornful of one of his major tactical approaches.