Best for Britain?: The Politics and Legacy of Gordon Brown by Simon Lee

By Simon Lee

On twenty eighth June 2007, Gordon Brown ultimately succeeded Tony Blair as major Minister for nice Britain, having waited within the wings for over ten years. Does his premiership sign a shift to the left in British Politics? what is going to it suggest for the UK's dating with the united states? Simon Lee systematically examines Brown's politics during the last ten years of Labour energy, and offers an exam of Britain's most crucial political determine.

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New Labour would be the ‘party of ideas and ideals but not of outdated ideology. What counts is what works. The objectives are radical. 9 Once he became Prime Minister, Tony Blair followed the precedent set by Margaret Thatcher; definitive statements of the ideology underpinning his modernisation programme were not published until well after he had entered 10 Downing Street. 13 Like Thatcher, Blair attempted only to give retrospective ideological coherence to his government’s modernisation programme.

Qxd 28 8/31/2007 2:49 PM Page 28 Best for Britain? 77 Above all, the Party would be committed to the modernisation of Britain, providing the stable conditions and the strategic policies to help industry succeed. 79 In 1989, Brown published Where There is Greed, a withering critique of Thatcherism that reflected his commitment to supply-side socialism. In it, he accused Margaret Thatcher of betraying Britain’s future by failing to make the public investments necessary for industrial modernisation.

8 The 1997 Labour Party General Election manifesto asserted that its aim was ‘to put behind us the bitter political struggles of left and right that have torn our country apart for too many decades’. New Labour would be the ‘party of ideas and ideals but not of outdated ideology. What counts is what works. The objectives are radical. 9 Once he became Prime Minister, Tony Blair followed the precedent set by Margaret Thatcher; definitive statements of the ideology underpinning his modernisation programme were not published until well after he had entered 10 Downing Street.

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