The screamed threat “I’ll bring you down with sleaze” that the fiery Scot is alleged to have launched at the Prime Minister has, understandably, hogged the headlines. However, what most people seem to have missed is that Chancellor Brown yelled this (with or without accompanying mobile phone we do not know) according to witnesses in March 2006….six months before Blair finally handed over the reins of power.
Sleaze is a potentially wide-ranging description, but there was only one known newsy bit of this grimy stuff at the time: the rapidly emerging Donorgate scandal – illegal donations via which New Labour hoped to reduce its massive £26.2 milion debt, run up largely during the previous year’s election. It seemed to many back then (including Brown and probably Jack Dromey too) that this was likely to lead straight back to Blair; but Teflon Tony didn’t earn the soubriquet by accident. Despite a brazen attempt by Dromey to finger the Blairites without warning on television, Blair stayed exactly where he was.
Graphic. Louis Turner