Gordon Brown Called “Maddening” and “Brilliant” In Blair Memoirs
August 31, 2010
(ChattahBox) – They were two highly controversial Prime Ministers in the UK’s recent history, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Now, Blair is releasing his highly anticipated memoirs, and his former chancellor of the exchequer, who took his place at Downing Street for a turbulent stint as PM, has factored heavily in the book.
“A Journey” is one of the more popular coming political look backs to hit shelves, as Blair is still one leader who is debated widely, and criticized for decision made in the latter part of his time running the United Kingdom. While it hasn’t been released yet, the BBC got their hands on a copy and published a review.
According to that review, Blair described Brown by saying “Was he difficult, at times maddening? Yes. But he was also strong, capable and brilliant, and those were qualities for which I never lost respect.”
Gordon Brown went on to be considered one of the worst prime ministers in the history of the UK, and was largely responsible for the Labour Party failing to gather enough support for a win in the last election. Instead, a hung parliament was a result, birthing a coalition between the Tories and the Liberal Democrats.
“When it’s said that I should have sacked him, or demoted him, this takes no account of the fact that had I done so, the party and the government would have been severely and immediately destabilised and his ascent to the office of prime minister would probably have been even faster,” his book said.
He also said he did not regret his decision in the Iraq war, though he deplored the loss of life that has been the consequence of his support as a main party to the beginning of the conflict with former U.S. President George W. Bush.