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.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Labourlist column

My latest Labourlist column is about Gordon Brown: http://labourlist.org/2014/03/gordon-brown-still-has-something-significant-to-contribute-to-political-life/


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The tragedy of Gordon Brown is that he had a massive sense of entitlement to be PM. Massive pressure was put on Labour MPs to nominate him and thus prevent a contest.

He repeatedly cut corporation tax and made no effort to cut tax avoidance by the wealthy and by corporations. Indeed, his cuts to capital gains tax actually encouraged it.

He shamelessly grovelled to the Daily Mail and Rupert Murdoch.

He continued privatisation and PFI. He let the bankers run riot and wreck the economy.

He supported the Iraq War and failed to notice Blair's doubts about Trident replacement. Indeed, he endorsed Trident replacement in order to, so he thought, give Blair no excuse to stay on as Prime Minister.

Being Prime Minister was an end in itself for Gordon Brown and this is a very unhealthy state of affairs.

It is no wonder that the Labour party is not trusted on the economy by a significant part of the electorate.

It is all very tragic.

10:54 am, March 13, 2014


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