November 27, 2005


Brown fury: 'Number 10 betrayed me on pensions' (BRIAN BRADY, 11/27/05, Scotland on Sunday)

TONY Blair and Gordon Brown are at war over pensions reform this weekend after attempts to broker a 'ceasefire' between the giants of New Labour collapsed within hours.

Allies of the Chancellor accused Downing Street of ratting on a deal struck between the two men to maintain a united front when dealing with Britain's pensions time bomb.

The bitter internal disagreements between the two men threaten to throw vital reforms to the UK's pensions system into disarray, as Lord Turner prepares to publish his Commission's long-awaited report on the issue this Wednesday. [...]

"Gordon has been accused of being a rock in the road over the Turner report, but he is not the only one to harbour doubts."

Former social security minister Frank Field today warns that tensions between the men are 'on speed', and that "the chancellor is more near to blowing his top on something in public".

If Mr. Brown is going "wet" then the Tories really can steal a march on them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 27, 2005 8:13 AM
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