September 9, 2007

WHERE WE'LL FIND OUT IF HE REALLY IS A CONVICTION POLITICIAN LIKE MAGGIE:

Britain's Brown faces trade union showdown (AFP, Sep 9, 2007)

Gordon Brown makes his first speech as British prime minister to the annual Trades Union Congress on Monday, facing pressure to reverse reforms which left-wingers say have widened inequalities.

The TUC, which brings together most British unions, is to hold its 139th annual congress in the southern English seaside resort of Brighton.

Brown's predecessor Tony Blair had a strained relationship with the TUC, which wasn't party particularly keen on his presence.

Brown, who spent 10 years at Blair's side as finance minister before Blair stepped down on June 27 this year, is closer to the governing Labour Party's left-wing grassroots, including the unions.

But the new premier could face a rocky ride after TUC general secretary Brendan Barber called on him to address what he says is a widening gap between public sector workers and private sector "fat cats."


As Geoffrey Wheatcroft wrote when he came to power, Tony Blair's defining political characteristic was his hatred of Labour, an advantage that Mr. Brown appears not to share. He has to decide whether he's Al Gore (running against Clintonism) or George W. Bush (embracing Thatcherism/Clintonism and making it his own).

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2007 8:50 AM
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