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

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By Simon Lee

On twenty eighth June 2007, Gordon Brown eventually succeeded Tony Blair as best 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 over the past ten years of Labour strength, and offers an exam of Britain's most vital political determine.

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Allied to the other great challenge, that of how the microelectronics revolution was affecting industry and services and completely changing the working of the economy, the third lesson the Labour Party would have to learn was that ‘increasingly, the most important thing about national economic strength is the level of skill in the economy. 94 This was a supply-side socialist politician, who at a Party conference less than a decade before had lambasted financial speculators and supported Kinnock’s politics of production as an alternative to the Conservatives’ politics of the City.

34 In this tradition, R. H. 36 These characteristics shaped Gordon Brown’s socialism in the formative years of his political development. During his childhood, the Brown family’s politics were, like Tawney’s, personal, moral and religious. qxd 20 8/31/2007 2:49 PM Page 20 Best for Britain? 37 What he particularly learned from his father was the importance of public service as a person’s duty to others and the importance of community and of civic associations as the basis of community. 38 The specific values taught by his parents were ‘duty, responsibility and respect for others’, allied to a belief in ‘honesty and hard work and that the things that matter had to be worked for’.

Qxd 26 8/31/2007 2:49 PM Page 26 Best for Britain? In Scotland, welfare dependency had increased. In 1979, 405,000 were on supplementary benefit; by July 1983, 750,000 received means-tested benefits. Paradoxically, even with benefits as low as £26 per week, the government argued that they were a disincentive to employment, although a study from the influential think-tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, indicated that only one claimant in 40 was receiving more income than they would have received from employment.

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