There have been more attacks on Britain’s Treasury Chief, Gordon Brown. As he prepares for his 11th annual budget and gears up for the start of his campaign to suceed Tony Blair as UK Prime Minister, a new poll has shown he would be an unpopular replacement, despite the strength of the British economy under his command.
Now, in addition, a former colleague has told the Financial Times newspaper that Brown runs his government department with, what he called, “Stalinist” tendancies, and that he treats the rest of the cabinet with contempt. There have always been rumours of a deep discord between the Prime Minister and his right-hand man. But neither Blair nor Brown has ever commented on them. Now Brown’s former top civil servant, Lord Andrew Turnbull, who worked for him at the Treasury for four years before becoming Cabinet secretary, has publically painted a very damaging picture at a critical time.
The latest poll by ICM for the Guardian newspaper shows that if an election was called tomorrow, and it was Gordon Brown running against Tory leader David Cameron, 43 per cent of the electorate would vote for Cameron with Brown trailing 15 points behind.