A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Labourlist column

In my Labourlist column this week I argue Gordon Brown made the right call in his argument with Alistair Darling about cuts:



Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have never done a day's work in your life and it sure shows.
Either you are just plain evil or, more likely, stupid.
I repeat, you have never done a day's work in your life.
Zero productivity.
That makes you a parasite.

11:03 am, September 05, 2011

Anonymous Markus Campbell-Savours said...

Anonymous, you are... um, anonymous! That makes you a coward.

4:51 pm, September 05, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some interesting points.
However, Brown could have made some cuts that would have been right in themselves and which would have appealed to the progressive voters that Labour had repeatedly offended over the years.

1. ID cards and the database

2. Trident

Brown had supported Trident replacement because he wanted to remove an excuse from Tony Blair to stay on as prime minister.

Andrew Rawnsley, The End of the Party (p437/8).

That is hardly a very sound basis for supporting it and it misses the fact that Blair was torn on the issue.

One remarkable fact about the general election is just how well Labour did in terms of seats under the circumstances. Who could have thought that a 1983 vote share could produce a 1992 seat share?

P.S. I can't believe that first comment.

10:27 am, September 06, 2011

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Richards in today's The Independepent - very worthwhile reading on Brown and Darling.
Dave Postles

4:07 pm, September 06, 2011

Blogger Robert said...

It does not matter whether Brown was right or wrong what matters of course the public believed he was wrong.

But we all know about Brown's rise to the top, over the years Brown was in power he was known as a climber and a person who would not stop so it was wise to keep out of his way, when in power he looked bloody seriously awfully bad, that's what matters.

11:13 am, September 20, 2011

Anonymous Jeff said...

Such a great article which Gordon was pushing both a more Kenynesian economic line that we should use government spending to keep the economy afloat while the private sector was in crisis. He was also as PM looking at the wider political objectives of the Labour Government and the damage to our policy objectives across a range of areas of cutting too far and too fast. Thanks for sharing this article.

4:14 pm, March 21, 2012


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