Blair Attacks Brown's Tenure As 'Lamentable' in Dispatch

LONDON -- Britain's embattled prime minister, Gordon Brown, suffered another blow Sunday with the publication of a memo in which Tony Blair heaps scorn on his successor's performance in office.

The memo, which the Mail on Sunday newspaper said was written by Blair to colleagues last year, sees the former prime minister accuse Brown's government of "a lamentable confusion of tactics and strategy" and of failing to learn lessons.

Written in the aftermath of Brown's decision not call an early election that might have consolidated his leadership, the dispatch says poor decision-making has made Conservative leader David Cameron look like a substantial and a viable choice for office.

"The real problem was not the brilliance of the Tory conference, but the hubris and vacuity of our own. This meant the Tories, by having something to say on policy, appeared substantial and to represent the future," Blair wrote.

Blair's office would not confirm or deny that he had written the memo.

"Tony Blair continues to be 100 percent supportive of Gordon Brown and the government," a spokesman said.

Blair sent a watered-down version of the memo to Brown, the paper said. It is not known how that was received.

Since the memo was written, things have only got worse for Brown, whose ratings now make him the second-most unpopular prime minister in modern British history.

There is widespread talk among Labour members of parliament of a potential challenge to Brown's leadership if he cannot regain the confidence of the party after the summer break.