Thursday, May 18, 2006

The mystery of Gordon Brown

A good question from an apolitical type I know. Why did Gordon Brown make the Bank of England independent?

Pre-1997 it was a policy of the Tory right. Blair apparently knew next to nothing about it. Brown gives the impression that he has never thought that there is one person who could do the job anything like as well as he could, let alone seven. His micromanagement attitude to both government and individuals' lives does not point towards a man who believes in independence.

Why? I don't buy the Brown is anti-EU argument. Its merely Brown posturing himself to make the most of Blair's defeat, had Blair ever been daft or democratic enough to put the Euro or the EU Constitution to a referendum. So why? The thinking behind Brown's only success remains unknown.

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