Gordon Brown is probably going to be run out of office in the next few months, although there is an off-chance he can hang on until he is obligated to call elections next year. I’m just not sure he deserves his poor reputation, or his poor political fortune.
It seems like every week, there is a new by-election where Labor loses another seat. Just today, another junior minister quit on him.
Even before the economic crisis, his popularity was never high in part because of his indecision about calling a new election. And now, the fact that he is in power during the collapse makes voters even hungrier for change. This despite the fact that he has approved a flurry of new measures designed to improve the economy. And the next likely Prime Minister, David Cameroon has offered no real alternative.
The collapse clearly cannot be of Brown’s own making either as Prime Minister, or as Chancellor of the Exchequer. America had the same problems, and so too did banks in continental Europe. The problems clearly transcended political ideology and national borders.
To be sure, Brown has not been a perfect Prime Minister. But I can’t help feeling sorry for him.