By Melissa Kite
03 Aug 2008
Mr Blair accuses Mr Brown of a “lamentable” and “vacuous”
performance in an extraordinary attack, which reignited
the row over the Prime Minister’s future.
The damaging leak came just days after David Miliband’s
explosive intervention when he positioned himself as
Labour’s leader in waiting and amid further rumblings
from MPs over Mr Brown’s performance.
Stephen Byers, a key former Blairite minister, has
also attacked Mr Brown saying his policies were inadequate
for the challenge facing Labour.
The leaked memo reveals Mr Blair’s anger that Mr Brown
ditched his strategy and “dissed” his record, without
having anything to put in its place.
The former Prime Minister laments that the Tory leader
David Cameron looks modern and substantial by comparison
to Mr Brown.
It was written in the aftermath of the Labour party
conference last year and its disclosure could not have
come at a worse time for Mr Brown.
Mr Blair writes: “I am passing this message on to GB
- not in these terms - and will try to help, but at
present, there is every indication that the lessons
will not be learnt.
“There has been a lamentable confusion of tactics and
strategy. We joined in the attack on our own ten years
- a fatal mistake...we junked the TB policy agenda but
had nothing to put in its place.
“The real problem was not the brilliance of the Tory
conference but the hubris and vacuity of our own. This
meant the Tories, by having something to say on policy,
appeared substantial and to represent the future.”
The full article can be found here: Telegraph