Michael White has written an extraordinary Comment piece in today’s Guardian, headlined in my copy “Mr Nice Guy asked to deliver the undeliverable”. I can only assume that this is Michael White’s bid to win “The Political Assassin of the Year” newspaper columnist award.
How can any Chief Whip – let alone one with the avuncular charms of Nick Brown – survive being labelled as Mr Nice Guy? Michael White then makes it worse by quoting unnamed Labour MPs describing their Chief Whip as “decent” and “not at all the unsubtle brute”.
Chief Whips are MEANT to be brutal for goodness sake!
And how helpful is it to Nick Brown’s authority for Michael White to go on to list the Chief Whip’s disagreements with Government policy?