A few years ago, a friend and I went to a burger restaurant where a football match was playing on a big screen. We were served by the owner and my friend mentioned to her that I wrote a football column for The Times. As we chatted, I mentioned that I also wrote about politics. “Oh, I’m really interested in politics,” she said. So we chatted about how the paper covered parliament, what my political views were, all sorts of stuff.
Franklin Roosevelt in 1943; he had overcome the isolationists to take on Germany and Japan ANN RONAN PICTURES/PRINT COLLECTOR/GETTY IMAGESHe tried his best from the moment he got into the car, but after a while he had to accept he had failed. His neighbour wasn’t going to make small talk. So they sat in silence, and not a companionable silence either, until they arrived.
When someone publishes their memoirs it is a moment for historical reflection, for the making of judgments and the placing of cards on the table. Yesterday Gordon Brown published My Life, Our Times. So, allow me. That row, Mr Brown, that you had with Tony Blair? The one that split Labour modernisers and hampered the government for more than a decade? The one that drove out of politics some of its best people?
@RichS85@sbedvek So let me give you an example. Is it a good idea to increase corporation tax by 7p? Wouldn’t that fund services? And help low income people? Not if it makes their goods more expensive or puts off companies who might invest in Blackpool. Now you might say, empirically that is....
@RichS85@sbedvek There is no question this has been a difficult period for public services because we spent more than we were able (we can argue over the cause and blame) and have had to control spending growth. I think the strategy has been broadly correct although some mistakes have been made.
@RichS85@sbedvek I think it still needs a strategy centered around place, I think it has made a mistake about electrification of rail in the north, and of course the endless question of how to get tests for benefit entitlement aren’t answered, although they are hard to answer.....
@sbedvek@RichS85 That’s just simply not true. There are more than 40 per cent of voters who support the Tories. You think we all don’t care? I’m afraid you adopt that view in order to avoid having to defend your ideas with a proper argument.
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