by Ben Cohen
From the Guardian:
Woodley, the joint general secretary of Unite, received a standing
ovation from the conference as he attacked the paper's owner, Rupert Murdoch, and said the Sun had never supported progressive values.
Harriet Harman, Labour's
deputy leader, and other cabinet ministers also hit out at Britain's
best-selling daily following its decision to publish a frontpage leader
declaring that Labour has "lost it" only hours after Gordon Brown
finished his conference speech.
Poor Gordon Brown. The man cannot get a break, and the likelihood of him winning the next general election is fading faster than ever. Losing the Sun newspaper (the Murdoch owned paper that has backed the Labour Party since 1997) may well be the final nail in the coffin for Brown as the paper acts as bellwether for the election outcome. This isn't really Brown's fault as the Sun only backed Labour because of all the concessions Blair promised to give big business, but nevertheless, it isn't great news.
Brown's speech at the Labour Party convention in Brighton was decent, but his lack of charisma, lack of ideas and lack of leadership has cost the party dearly, and Britain must brace itself for a Tory government within the next few months.