Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's former Chancellor Alistair Darling has been on TV today, after publishing his new book. It is a kiss and tell book with a difference. It is not about a failed romance but rather a damaged working relationship.
When Gordon Brown was the UK Prime Minister and Alistair Darling was his Chancellor, it was far from a dream team. If Darling's book is to believed it was more like Nightmare on Downing Street.
Why Darling waitied this long is not clear. His revelations however damage the current Labour Party. His revelations sling mud at current Labour leading lights, such as Ed Balls. He claims he was loathe to speak up earlier as he felt he owed Gordon Brown loyalty. Well he seems to have gotten over that now.
He paints a damaging picture of a Prime Minister, Brown, and Bank of Englad leader, Mervyn King, who reverted to ostrich mode during the banking crisis. He claims that neither were prepared to accept that the crisis would be long standing.
To date Gordon Brown has not retaliated or responded to Darling's allegations and verbal attack. I guess its par for the course in politics. A case of keeping your friends close but your enemies closer still. Hope he feels better for getting it off his chest, though of course it could all be about the big fat pay check he will receive.