November 22, 2004


Brown's iron grip broken (JAMES KIRKUP, 11/22/04, The Scotsman)

ALAN Milburn has secured Tony Blair’s backing for an ambitious bid to break Gordon Brown’s iron grip on the government’s economic policies.

The Scotsman has learned that the Prime Minister has ordered the creation of a powerful new cabinet committee, to be chaired by Mr Milburn, that will give the arch-moderniser a base for a challenge to the Chancellor’s control over pensions and savings policy.

The issue is set to be one of the defining battlegrounds for politics in the years to come, as well as a potential trial of strength between supporters of Mr Blair and Mr Brown.

Mr Milburn believes that the government must do more to encourage people to save and achieve what he calls an "ownership society" where as many people as possible own assets including houses and investments including pensions.

Remember earlier in the year when Blair, Bush and Howard were destined to follow Aznar out the door? Now all three are consolidating power even as their domestic policies converge. The Anglosphere has never been better.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2004 8:23 AM

One more reason for Safire's 28th amendment.

Posted by: genecis at November 22, 2004 9:57 AM

Brown is no slouch when it comes to inside baseball, or should I say cricket. Blair is a visionary but he has alienated the hard left of his party, without figuring how to give them all the Galloway treatment. If he could de-select about 50 hardcore troublemakers, he would have a free path.

Posted by: Bart at November 22, 2004 11:42 AM