Guardian turns on Gordon Brown and urges him to quit

The Guardian has today turned on Gordon Brown in a leader article, saying: “It is time to cut him loose.”

The piece, posted on the Comment is Free blog by the editorial team, calls for the prime minister to resign.

The article claims that there is no future vision for Brown, and that he is no longer capable of leading the country.

“Labour faces its worst defeat in its history on Thursday, but the prime minister does not recognise his direct responsibility for the mayhem,” the piece reads.

The newspaper says the next few days leading up to the local and European elections will be crucial to the future of Brown’s career.

Today Hazel Blears, the communities secretary known for her persistent loyalty to Brown, resigned from the cabinet.

She recently caused controversy after writing an article for The Guardian’s Comment is Free blog, commenting on the government’s “lamentable failures”.

The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, is also set to leave the government at the next reshuffle, following the Telegraph’s expenses investigation.

The paper has now been disclosing details of MPs’ expenses claims for almost a month.

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