Alistair Darling has at last put pen to paper in order to set the record straight over his role in the previous Labour Government.

From recent interviews with Alistair Darling to promote his awaited memoirs, it seems as though there is an axe to grind with the former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Darling has already said that there were deep divisions between himself and Gordon Brown and in the memoirs mention a meeting between himself and David Miliband in which they discussed "getting rid" of Gordon Brown before the general election.

However, due to loyalty to the party and government, no one was willing to be the one to wield the knife to remove Brown and that is something which Darling and other members of the former Labour government deeply regret to this day (or so they say).

The memoirs also include insight into what Darling describes as a chaotic government with endemic infighting between colleagues with opposing alliances.

Amongst some quite scathing attacks on the then Prime Minister, the journal reveals it is more than evident that Brown was convinced the recession would be over within six months and it was on this basis that he bullied the former chancellor into a course of action which he was not quite comfortable with.

From The Mail quoting Alistair Darling, "No one wanted to acknowledge we were heading for an extremely serious downturn.  “[Gordon] said the people he was speaking to were telling him the recession would be over in six months. I replied that was not what I was hearing.  “Subsequently, I learnt… Gordon had decided on an economic strategy that was built around the proposition that the economy would recover over the next six months".

One might have a certain respect or sympathy for the former chancellor who was bullied by an overbearing and deluded Prime Minister, however it is more than evident that the entire Labour cabinet hid a process of administration in deep decay with party/tribal loyalty overriding what was best for the country.

Not one of the cabinet stood up at the time to challenge him and be honest with the British public and instead chose to hide the dysfunctional goings on within the government.

Is the motivation behind Alistair Darling's  memoirs to open the way for a stab at the top job within the Labour Party?

Probably, seeing as the time is quite opportune now that an interim (for want of a better word to describe Ed Miliband) Labour leader is at the helm of his beloved party.

The question is can he distance himself far enough from the failure of the last government by playing the sympathy card? Michael Howard is proof that the public do have long memories when it comes to a contemptible government.

Even Ed Miliband cannot distance himself in any convincing manner from his support or at times lack of any real opposition to policies which were abhorrent to the public at large and not in the best interests of the country.

There is nothing heroic about a grown man with influence suggesting blaming others and throwing his hands up in the air telling the world he was a victim of circumstance so Alistair Darling's memoirs should be read in historical context.

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