Originally posted by The Realist
So, with unremitting support from senior colleagues, it looks as if Gordon Brown is going to be crowned King Gordon the First, come 2007. Should we be worried? Well, no, not really. He’s wise enough to know that he needs to please those around him first, the electorate second, the party third and the Unions well, not at all really. Considering what his Granita–dinner–date did to them, he doesn’t need to enter them into the equation. He can get away with anything. But does he want to? Probably not. Conversely, I think we can dismiss any notion of him being a socialist Trojan horse. He’ll merely continue to pursue his slightly left of centre agenda, continuing his subtle redistribution program.
If he’s wise, he’ll take a course in Alastair 101 and use the New Labour stalwart of five pledges. Something along the lines of:
1) No increases in income tax
2) No re-nationalisation
3) Continued independence of the Bank of England
4) No increase in national insurance contributions
5) Radical reform of the Civil Service
will be enough to reassure me.
Mind you, I’m still having warm, slightly moist dreams about flat taxes (‘That’s 22 for you, 78 for me’)