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Take Me to Your Leader: Britain

June 27, 2007, Gordon Brown, 56, finally became the Prime Minister of Britain, after serving over a decade as Tony Blair's heir apparent. As lore would have it, in 1994 the two Labour Party friends made a pact — Tony Blair would run for Prime Minister, and eventually pass the torch to the awkward and dour Brown.

Brown became Prime Minister when the unpopular Blair stepped down, and immediately confronted a series of crises, including a thwarted terrorist attack, and flooding across England. But, the unfortunate events did not stop there. Brown came under fire for scandals including the loss of a computer disk holding bank account details of 25 million people, the almost collapse of a major mortgage lender, and sketchy Labour Party financing. In an attempt to deflect such negative attention before a general election next year, Brown recently put the spotlight on eight young Cabinet ministers as a way to prove the Labour Party is the party of radical change.

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Under Blair, Brown served as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and presided over unprecedented growth while diminishing the Labour Party's reputation as a tax-and-spend party. Born and raised in Scotland, Brown credits his parents as "my inspiration, and the reason I am in politics." His father was a minister of the Church of Scotland.

Young Gordon started university at the young age of 16. Although he was extremely successful academically, his university career was dogged with medical complications. A rugby injury from high school, cost him his sight in one eye, and left him with only 30 percent vision in the other. Brown worked as a university instructor and wrote a number of books, including "The Real Divide," a study of poverty and inequality. He entered parliament in 1983, sharing an office with Tony Blair.

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LibertySugar LibertySugar 9 years
Thanks, wackdoodle. Here's the link for the previous post on Merkel. I'll get to work on you other suggestions. ;-)
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Labour! Labour! Mr. Brown is seemingly on the right track, at least my aunt feels so. She's considering moving back to Bath and dragging my uncle along. She said it's right time Britain focus on Britain and stop being America's whipping boy. Then I remind haven't you been an American Citizen for like 30+ years Aunt Christine? And yes Liberty thank you for the Global perspective on the news. Hey did you already do a story about Canada's PM? He's rather upstanding as well. Perhaps something on my future home Sweden or on German's Chancellor Angela Merkel.
janneth janneth 9 years
In the long run, he is going to be great. Wait and see.
littlemissme littlemissme 9 years
Thanks for the facts! When I was in London I wounded up, by mistake, outside Buckingham Palace the day he became Prime Minister...we (and hundreds of Brits) we're standing there waiting to get a glimpse of him and the queen. That's something I'll never forget :)
JuliusCaesar JuliusCaesar 9 years
Thanks for this LibertySugar! I'm a total Brownite - I love his policies and his handling of the economy but I wish he cemented himself as the PM a bit more - he seems unsure of his role.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Thank you, LibertySugar, for consistently showing us stories beyond the U.S. and inviting discussion on them. That's something that even major news outlets fail to do most of the time (contributing to the general international opinion that we Americans are ignorant boors with no sense of the outside world). Excellent.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
What I find to be the most interesting is that he is turning Great Britain's back on both the U.S. and the EU lately, in addition to having an escalatingly bad relationship with Russia. He is really a very weak and weary leader at the moment but there aren't any good alternatives on either side to take his place anytime soon.
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