Brown at 10

Anthony Seldon has delivered a lecture to the LSE about his forthcoming book about Gordon Brown.

He is probably more sympathetic about Gordon (while being highly critical) than many others would be, and so it’s an interesting perspective on his premiership.

The argument Seldon makes is that the circumstances that Brown inherited and the limitations of the man himself circumscribed his premiership.

You can of course make a case (as someone does in the questions) that Gordon was the author of some of those circumstances – by agitating for Blair to go over a long period and fostering a factionalism that wasn’t helpful to our party.

But Seldon suggest that Gordon had a strong vision for his agenda (particularly on the international stage) and has some significant achievements to his name in difficult circumstances.

As with all these things Seldon’s take won’t and can’t be the full picture, but maybe it’s a green shoot in the rehabilitation of Gordon’s reputation.

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About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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2 Responses to Brown at 10

  1. citizenr says:

    I was helping out at our secondary schools debating competition recently. One year seven girl had been invited to attend one of the live television debates in the run up to the election. I asked her which of the three candidates was the best speaker. ‘Gordon Brown, without doubt,’ she answered. We discussed the media reaction to the debates and she admitted being really surprised at the drubbing Brown got in the papers the next day. For all his faults as PM he was a really good chancellor in his time, perhaps he just overreached himself.

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