Is Gordon Brown Neville Chamberlain?

Just a thought:

* Successful chancellor with strong domestic agenda.
* Spent a lot of time waiting to be PM.
* Able man in Cabinet distinctly lacking ability.
* Party with strong news management tendencies.
* Reputation as being a bit ‘unclubbable’ with MPs.
* Had to balance threats to national security with individual liberties and need to maintain domestic consent.
* Reputation of premiership dominated by foreign policy mess left unresolved by predecessor?

Not sure that a spin doctor would now let a PM offer up a hostage to fortune like ‘peace in our time’ now. But I think I’ve got an idea for a not terribly good newspaper column on ‘lessons from history’ already.


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