Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Charlie Whelan Says ... Don't Believe It

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"Brown not supporting Blair enough"

Every time the Prime Minister is in trouble, either due to a scandal he is responsible for or a policy no one else in the Labour Party backs, Gordon Brown is accused of failing to support him. I've lost count of the times that hacks have said to me: "I see Gordon is keeping quiet on this one."

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The Sun has been at it again, following the laughable story about John Prescott and Brown allegedly planning the succession to Tony Blair in a Scottish oyster bar. Why do all political conspiracies take place in restaurants? Actually, this one wasn't in the restaurant itself but in the car park. Of course, that didn't stop the biggest load of old bollocks being written since Brown met Blair at Granita. Prescott blames the media for all this speculation, ignoring the fact that it was he who stupidly decided to let Tom Baldwin of the Times interview him. …

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