A radical departure
James Purnell has put the final stake into Gordon Brown’s heart. There is no recovering from this. The manner of the departure is gracious; more in sorrow than anger. It is clear that Brown can no longer command the authority of his cabinet, his party or the country.
Purnell is a radical. He has recently argued that Labour should be pursuing ‘power egalitarianism’. In the end, he believes that power should lie with the people not institutions. And he has now taken the most important step of his political career. This is his own most powerful moment. The Labour Party will not thank him tonight perhaps. But they should thank him in the end. His action may save the party from eclipse.