Follow the leader

12 September 2008

Blog picBy Jake Kanter

Today brought news of another bid to undermine Gordon Brown’s leadership of the Labour party. According to this story on the BBC website, a “small number” of MPs have sent letters asking why nomination papers for leader were not issued ahead of the party conference next week.

It comes at a time when Brown is attempting to reassert his leadership and re-establish the respect he once held among some of his political contemporaries. It is difficult not to empathise with his challenges and the PM has referenced his plight very directly this week.

In a blunt statement to his critics he professed: “My own response to the great challenges in my own life has been to confront them, resolute in the belief that there would always be something that could be done to overcome them.” But as Nick Robinson, political editor at the BBC suggests, Brown has neither been “sacked nor backed” and finds himself in an awkward limbo.

 Have you ever experienced a break down in faith in your department or organisation’s figurehead? Is it difficult for a leader to regain this faith or must he/she call their time?

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