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 leading 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 courting 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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What would be required was nothing less than ‘a massive and irreversible shift of power to working people, a framework of free universal welfare services controlled by the people who use them’54. Moreover, socialism would have to be won ‘at the point of production – the production of needs, ideas and particularly of goods and services’. 55 As a socialist alternative, Brown argued for a planned economy to cure ‘a vicious circle of low productivity, bad labour relations, low investment and poor entrepreneurship’.

Brown has said that he sees winning the battle of ideas not only as key to domestic modernisation but also to Britain’s foreign policy goals. 16 That cultural Cold War must now be renewed: Brown identified as crucial to defeating international terrorism the isolation of ‘murderous extremists’ through the mobilisation of ‘the essential decency and moderation of all our communities ... 18 RESOLVING THE PROGRESSIVE DILEMMA Gordon Brown is intent on fighting the battle of ideas and wants to launch a new phase of British national renewal.

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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