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Brown, who was Chancellor, and then PM in 2007, after Tony Blair had stepped down in 2006/7, was also slammed by Darling in his memoirs, serialised in the Sunday newspapers for claiming that the UK’s economic woes would only last six months.
Darling apparently did not resign from Brown’s cabinet as Chancellor, because of blind loyalty to his ex-boss. Although Gordon did not sack the Chancellor, he had surrounded himself when he became PM, by hiring loyal lieutenants such as Ed Balls, now Shadow Chancellor.
According to Darling, Gordon and co had no
plan A for the recovery, let alone a plan B, and was in denial about the
severity of the
Tories have been having a field day on this latest, unsurprising, yet set of seriously questioning set of revelations, exposed by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer. It’s safe to say, there was no love loss between Darling and Brown, but his revelations, that come only 16 months after Labour were in power, do raise some serious constitutional and political issues in the top of power and cabinet.
Although Darling never resigned, (some could say it was down to a whole host of reasons, namely, money, and blind loyalty,) you have to ask the question: how can one man, surrounded by sceptics of his own policy, be able to defy so many positions from inside and outside government, and lead us down a road of pain and turmoil economically, when all the evidence was/is pointing in a different direction.
Cabinet Collective Responsibility is where members of the government swear their oath to the policy of the day, usually dreamt up by the PM and his inner circle, however, this collective decision making is seriously flawed in this instance, because, it appears from Darling’s testimony that the PM had no plan. According to the reports, some budgets were concocted on the hoof, with much rigorous editing from no 10 – to satisfy Brown’s delusions of grandeur.
So again, how can a system, namely, our unwritten constitutional laws let one man dictate economic policy?
This is the real story behind the Darling memoirs. How our political and constitutional system is weak and can become hostage to one man’s stubborn and flawed views on how the economy will fair six months down the line.
If private corporations followed the Brown
philosophical “crystal ball gazing” of their economic situations, the roofs of
businesses everywhere would indeed be shattering from above. Yet, it seems, as
the old-fashioned Tory phrase used by George Osborne, now Chancellor is coming
to pass. Brown never did fix the roof when the Sun was shinning. He just let the
roof collapse and the sun burn down on it, so that inside would become hotter
and hotter, leading to meltdown. Was the