September 13, 2006

NO, I'M THIRDER:

I'm a true Blairite - Brown's insistence to unions (JAMES KIRKUP, 9/13/06, The Scotsman)

GORDON Brown last night moved to reassure centre-ground voters that he would maintain Tony Blair's reforming policies, issuing a public rebuke to left-wingers who heckled the Prime Minister's final speech to the Trades Union Congress.

Now restored to their traditional status as Labour's biggest financial backers, and with Mr Blair scheduled to quit within months, many union leaders believe they have a good chance to kill off many of his policies, particularly the involvement of private firms in providing health-care and education services.

But in a carefully co-ordinated show of unity following last week's bitter Labour infighting, the Chancellor told union leaders at a private dinner that he would not take the party back to the left if he entered No10 next year.


The contest between Mr. Brown and David Cameron -- as the ones in the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, etc. -- just comes down to who can be trusted to more vigorously pursue the Third Way.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 13, 2006 8:37 AM
Comments

Mr. Brown may be a Blairite but without the resolve of Mr. Blair. I think he'll veer left, either on his own or being pushed there.

Posted by: Tom Wall at September 13, 2006 9:10 PM
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