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  How Thatcher stole the show in the Blair-Brown soap opera - World
To Brown's people, Thatcher was the cautionary tale of the prime minister who held on for too long, thereby splitting her party and condemning it to an eternity in opposition.
To Blair's people, Thatcher was removed by rebels in an unnecessarily vicious coup, thereby splitting her party and condemning it to an eternity in opposition.
The first sentence, it was divined, reminded Blair of his promise, made as long ago as 1994, to hand power to Brown at the right time.
www.theage.com.au /news/world/how-thatcher-stole-the-show-in-the-blairbrown-soap-opera/2006/05/12/1146940734758.html   (789 words)

  
  Tony Blair - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blair is credited, along with Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson, with moving the Labour Party towards the centre of British politics, using the term "New Labour" to distinguish his policies of support for the market economy from the party's previous rigid adherence to nationalisation.
Blair made a case for war against Saddam based on Iraqi possession of weapons of mass destruction and breach of UN resolutions, but was wary of making a direct appeal for regime change as international law does not recognize that as a legal ground for invasion.
Blair made a statement about the day's London bombings, saying that he believed it was "reasonably clear" that it was an act of terror, and that he hoped that the people of Britain could demonstrate that their will to overcome the events is greater than the terrorists' wish to cause destruction.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tony_Blair   (8451 words)

  
 Blair Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blair Brown (born 23 April 1946 in Washington, District of Columbia) is an acclaimed stage actress who has also reached a broader audience with her television and film work, particularly, in the 1980s.
Brown has been reaching a new and growing audience as an audiobook narrator.
Brown has at least 15 audiobook productions to her credit.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blair_Brown   (270 words)

  
 Gordon Brown - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Brown has served as Chancellor of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom since May 1997 (the longest continuously serving Chancellor since Nicholas Vansittart 1812-1823) and is widely tipped to become Prime Minister after the retirement of Tony Blair.
Mrs Brown is a public relations executive and was, until 2001, Chief Executive of Hobsbawm Macaulay, the consultancy firm she owned with Julia Hobsbawm.
Whether this is true or not, the relationship between Blair and Brown has been central to the fortunes of "New Labour", and they have by and large remained united in public despite reported rifts.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Gordon_Brown   (1311 words)

  
 Brown ensconced as Blair's prime minister heir apparent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Brown, Conservatives sneered, was Blair's "human shield" against the barrage of criticism directed at him over his decision to go to war in Iraq.
Brown, in partnership with Blair, turned the management of Britain's economy into a valence issue, whereas it once had been the focus of intense ideological battles over issues such as public ownership of basic industries versus a more straightforward capitalistic approach.
In the just-finished campaign, although he is perceived as holding views on the economy and equality to the left of Blair's, Brown made the argument that the Labor government was in crucial ways the economic heir of Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher, in that Labor had established itself as the steward of economic stability.
www.post-gazette.com /pg/05127/500659.stm   (1098 words)

  
 Boston.com / News / World / Europe / Brown seen as Blair's heir apparent   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Brown became a vital crutch for Blair during the campaign, after the prime minister's credibility slumped because of the Iraq war.
Brown said that he was humbled to be declared a member of the new Parliament representing the area of Scotland where he grew up.
Blair and Brown were widely reported to have reached an understanding -- never formally confirmed -- that if Labour won power, Blair would step down after about six years and let Brown take the helm.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2005/05/06/brown_seen_as_blairs_heir_apparent?mode=PF   (605 words)

  
 Brooks bubble: Blair & Brown
Blair has made some of the most dramatic statements on Saddam's reputed weapons of WMD capabilities, his country (and for that matter his party) never fully supported his march to battle and most importantly the British public has been very aggressive in it's criticism of unsubstantiated weapons claims.
Apparently, Blair and Brown held a summit in an upscale London restaurant in which Blair vowed that Brown would have control over economic policy in the incoming labor government and that after two terms Blair would step aside and endorse Brown as his successor.
While the war has never been named as an issue between Blair and Brown and, of course, as a senoir minister Brown professed support for the government's policy, he was never a key player in the promotion and execution of the Iraq invasion.
brooksbubble.blogspot.com /2005/01/blair-brown.html   (465 words)

  
 Brown awaits Blair's office - The Washington Times: World - May 08, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
LONDON -- Britain's chancellor of the treasury, Gordon Brown, dubbed the "iron chancellor" for his strict stewardship of the British economy, is widely regarded as the prime minister in waiting, after playing a key role in Tony Blair's re-election campaign.
Brown, sometimes called "Tony Blair's human shield," appeared alongside the Labor leader for much of the campaign was viewed as reassuring the party's supporters who were unhappy with the prime minister's backing for the war in Iraq.
Brown, 54, who has overcome personal tragedy to steer Britain along a path of sustained economic growth, high employment and lower interest rates, could yet have to wait a while longer before taking over the top job.
www.washtimes.com /world/20050507-115401-6279r.htm   (491 words)

  
 Walker's World: Blair vs. Brown - (United Press International)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Brown's reputation in the financial markets is so high that his departure could damage the pound or hit investor confidence, and it would certainly make it clear to the voters than Labor's winning team was now irretrievably broken.
Brown is much more at home with the "old" Labor Party of the trade unions and the party rallies and the party faithful who end their meetings by singing "The Red Flag" -- the old Marxist song that Blair banned.
Brown has made it clear that while he has done his job of delivering the best economic record of any of the big European economies, Blair has failed in his task of changing the British system.
www.washtimes.com /upi-breaking/20050109-112358-4338r.htm   (906 words)

  
 The New York Review of Books: Waiting for Gordon Brown
Blair was a credible candidate; he was a competent member of the "Shadow Cabinet"—the opposition team whose task was to harry the government in the House of Commons and to devise a credible program to put before the voters.
Blair's deeper problem was the damage he suffered from the Hutton Inquiry in the summer of 2003 and the Butler Inquiry in the early spring of 2004.
Unlike Blair, Brown is steeped in Labour tradition; he spent his twenties writing utopian essays on the need for a socialist transformation of Scotland, and when he speaks to the party faithful he sounds like the authentic voice of Old Labour.
www.nybooks.com /articles/18078   (4376 words)

  
 In Defence of Marxism - Britain: Blair must go but Brown is no better
The idea that Brown has been secretly opposed to privatisation, to the war in Iraq, to the Labour government’s assault on civil liberties - but keeping quiet through ‘loyalty’ (to his career that is not to the Labour Party or working class Labour voters) - is patently absurd.
Blair has said he will go before the next election (ie sometime in the next four years) and that should be good enough, “just rejoice at that” as Thatcher once said.
Brown hurriedly made it clear that he intends to completely ignore the conference vote – by 60 to 40 percent – demanding that secondary strike action be legalised again in the wake of the magnificent struggle of the Gate Gourmet workers.
www.marxist.com /britain-blair-must-go041005.htm   (1195 words)

  
 New Statesman - Vote Brown: get Blair!
Blair won the respect of his party because of his brilliance as a vote harvester; but Brown always had their hearts.
Blair is accused of being obsessed with spin, concerned with the headlines rather than the substance.
Blair is the one driving the expansion of academies in secondary education - which trade curriculum control for private cash - and greater choice in healthcare.
www.newstatesman.com /200509260006   (1426 words)

  
 Blair's Final Act - Newsweek: International Editions - MSNBC.com
Blair has said he intends to serve a "full third term," but what exactly constitutes a full term in a parliamentary system is determined by events, not the calendar.
Blair's brain trust has drawn up action plans, department by department, of what has to be done and when; it has prepared letters, minister by minister, outlining the urgent need for action in the early days of the new government.
Blair and Brown cut their political teeth on the radical reformation of what they saw in the 1980s as a clapped-out political party.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/7693248/site/newsweek   (1719 words)

  
 CNN.com - Blair 'rift:' Brown call for unity - Oct 3, 2004
Blair was was recovering and doing paperwork at his country retreat over the weekend after successfully undergoing treatment to correct an irregular heartbeat.
Blair's announcement on his future triggered a fresh wave of reports claiming that he had reneged on a deal earlier this year to stand down in favor of Brown.
Newspapers said Brown was kept in the dark over both Blair's "full third term" decision and the fact he was about to go into hospital for a heart procedure.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/europe/10/03/uk.blair   (657 words)

  
 Brown echoes Blair in attack on Labour Left : HindustanTimes.com/UK: News for UK Asians   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Blair, despite being dogged by the divisive Iraq war, won a third straight election for Labour in May, albeit with a reduced majority.
Brown is widely credited with deft management of the world's fourth biggest economy but he was forced to signal on Friday that economic growth this year would likely fall short of his 3.0 to 3.5 percent forecast due mainly to high oil prices.
Blair and Brown transformed Labour into an electable force in the 1990s and have kept the party in power for eight years but their relationship has been strained.
www.hindustantimes.com /news/5983_1501030,00430004.htm   (647 words)

  
 Bloomberg.com: U.K.
Brown told the Labour Party's annual conference in Brighton to ``begin to plan ahead,'' and said the renewal of ``New Labour, the brand Blair gave the party when he became leader in 1994 to break from its socialist past, is as ``profound a challenge'' as was winning power in 1997 after 18 years in opposition.
Brown's speech sets him on collision course with labor unions and others on the left of the party, who had seen the chancellor as their best hope of shoring up workers' rights and reversing Blair's policy of increasing the role of private companies in managing schools and hospitals.
Brown faces the task of boosting support for the Labour Party, which had its majority in the 646-seat lower house of Parliament slashed to 65 seats in the May 5 election from 166.
www.bloomberg.com /apps/news?pid=10000102&sid=a0DNgP3WxtFQ&refer=uk   (808 words)

  
 Blair Brown
Brown has a remarkable run of recent Broadway hits: Copenhagen (for which she won the 2000 Tony Award), James Joyce's The Dead and, surprisingly, Cabaret, her first musical in 20 years.
Brown has also been seen in feature films like Stealing Home and The Astronaut's Wife; her newest film is Dogville, with Nicole Kidman, opening this spring.
Blair Brown: [Mann] and I have known each other a long time and lived parallel lives but we had never worked together.
www.citypaper.net /articles/2003-02-06/art.shtml   (873 words)

  
 The Raw Story | James Clasper | Gordon Brown: The new Blair?
In truth, Blair is unlikely to face a leadership challenge within his own party — indeed, no Labour leader since the second world war has departed 10 Downing Street without either losing an election or dying: Labour tends to be loyal to its leaders.
But the time may come when Blair recognizes that, for the benefit of his party’s political fortunes in next summer’s general election, he should walk the plank before he is pushed.
Yet, for all of Blair’s present troubles, part of the reason that speculation about his future as Britain’s prime minister persists is that an agreement was allegedly made between Blair and his chancellor, Gordon Brown, that Blair would stand down towards the end of his second term.
www.rawstory.com /exclusives/clasper/gordon_brown_tony_blair.htm   (958 words)

  
 CNN.com - Blair, Brown cozy up in TV film - Apr 12, 2005
Blair faces tough challenge in bid to be the first Labor Party leader to win a third full term.
Brown is reputedly resentful of Blair for reneging on a promise to hand over power years ago.
Blair said the Conservatives were "an absolute mess" and Brown said their plans would put economic stability at risk, threatening interest rate rises.
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/europe/04/12/britain.election   (554 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited Politics | Special Reports | Blair-Brown feud out of control over new claims
It was not until the middle of July, according to the book, that Blair finally suggested he had changed his mind however, telling Brown at a dinner, hosted again by Prescott, that he would need the summer to make up his mind.
Blair and Brown spoke on Friday in an attempt to clear the air and are understood to have resolved to present a united front in the face of widespread anger among Labour MPs who fear the electoral damage that could be caused by such divisions.
Fellow London MP Karen Buck meanwhile said she expected Blair to go in the middle of the next Parliament rather than serve a full third term, and that 'my preference would be for Gordon Brown'.
politics.guardian.co.uk /labour/story/0,9061,1386331,00.html?=rss   (1083 words)

  
 Brown snubbed Blair pact: ex-minister - Breaking News - World - Breaking News
Clare Short, international development secretary between 1997 and 2003, told a documentary to be aired on Wednesday that Blair asked her privately to relay the proposal to Brown.
Brown announced in 2003 that Britain had not met his five economic tests for joining the euro, dashing Blair's hopes of placing Britain "at the heart of the European Union".
Brown is favourite to succeed Blair when the prime minister steps down after a decade in office, probably in July.
www.smh.com.au /news/World/Brown-snubbed-Blair-pact-exminister/2007/03/06/1172943405562.html   (636 words)

  
 The Epoch Times | Blair-Brown Rift Overshadows UK Political Debate
The Sunday Telegraph reported that Brown, the man most observers expect to succeed Blair, said he would never believe the prime minister again as he had reneged on a promise to quit.
Blair repeated he intended to serve a full third term but would stand down before a fourth election.
Blair and Brown together transformed the party in the mid 1990s to make it electable after 18 years in opposition.
english.epochtimes.com /news/5-1-9/25613.html   (515 words)

  
 Comment is free: Blair, Brown and blind trust
Brown's attempts to invoke Britishness (in his 2004 British Council lecture) fell flat, and their benign aspects were well and truly screwed by Rupert.
Brown got industry and training and devolution and when the Prescott superministry ground to a halt, inserted himself into it like that ant which hatches eggs in an alien pupa and leaves them to eat their own way out.
Brown's old Edinburgh ally Dr Henry Drucker, wizard of Oxford Philanthropic but rooted in constituency party affairs, summoned in 1996 to help fund Labour, met Lord Levy and smelt brimstone (the relevant interview is in Osler).
commentisfree.guardian.co.uk /christopher_harvie/2006/03/blair_brown_and_blind_trust.html   (2100 words)

  
 Blair-Brown rift overshadows UK political debate
Blair repeated he intended to serve a full third term but would stand down before a fourth election.
Blair and Brown together transformed the party in the mid 1990s to make it electable after 18 years in opposition.
Blair’s decision last year to put an old ally, Alan Milburn, in charge of election strategy -- previously Brown’s territory -- is said to have angered the Scot who has more grassroots support in the party.
www.tiscali.co.uk /news/newswire.php/news/reuters/2005/01/09/topnews/blair-brownriftovershadowsukpoliticaldebate.html?page=4   (643 words)

  
 Blair and Brown put on show of solidarity | the Daily Mail
Mr Brown stressed the years he had spent working with Mr Blair, while the Prime Minister praised the "brilliance" of his Chancellor.
Mr Blair made only joking references to yesterday's incident in the Commons, when he was hit by a purple flour bomb, and security at the event in a London office building was low-key.
Mr Brown said new policies to help youngsters into work and guarantee education or training for all up to the age of 18 would be unveiled shortly.
www.dailymail.co.uk /pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=303553&in_page_id=1770   (556 words)

  
 News of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair
Indeed, in Labour's election campaign thus far Gordon Brown has been prominent and since the election's announcement it has been hard to prise Blair and Brown apart.
Tony Blair, who had previously been such a campaign asset to New Labour, was now, it appears, more of a liability in the eyes of many Labour supporters.
The piece on Brown was written by Bob Geldof, who wrote of "He [Gordon Brown] and Prime Minister Tony Blair" and "Brown and Blair".
www.biogs.com /famous/brownandblair.html   (321 words)

  
 Peter Cuthbertson on Tony Blair on National Review Online
The British Labour party chose Blair as leader a decade ago because, moderate and telegenic as he was, he was such a different sort of politician than those who had led Labour to four consecutive defeats.
Brown has increased his profile since Christmas, but is likely to remain where he is until the next election, expected on May 5, has been won.
While Blair has shown himself to understand the indispensability of force in foreign policy, Brown has accused Blair of wasting money on defense, forcing Blair to complain feebly that he'd be the first British prime minister in a century to lose a war.
www.nationalreview.com /comment/cuthbertson200502080730.asp   (1241 words)

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