Daily Archives: June 2, 2009

Gordon Brown’s last weapon in his armoury appears to be misfiring. A cabinet reshuffle is in motion, even before the voters deliver their verdict at the local and European elections. Alistair Darling looks mortally wounded. And now Jacqui Smith has made clear that she’ll be stepping down at the reshuffle, with impeccable timing that will infuriate Brown.

Why is this all bad? Firstly it adds to the narrative of a government in chaos. Brown’s authority looks so weak that he is unable to even manage his top three team.