Saturday, 30 June 2007

Brown's First Government


Okay... What do we think?
Here's a link to the full list (all positions).


Personally I think it's a dog's breakfast of a government: a bizarre array of Labour 'moderates', Tories and others heralding an apparent 'new politics'. This is the next stage of the New Labour project, and another attempt to bury the Labour Party. Digby Jones? I mean... honestly!


Brown has probably missed a trick. Blair managed to weaken the left in '97 by giving some people who were at least reasonably leftish government positions, weakening the parliamentary position of the left in a way which still effects us today. Brown hasn't bothered. The parliamentary left might be a small base at present, but it's been left intact by this set of appointments, and there are plenty of us outside parliament. It's interesting that he appears to have kept the compassite 'centre left' out too, despite their rush to join the mad nomination party.


So I don't think we should be depressed; but I do hope that any people who still had illusions that Brown was somehow going to be a little better than Blair have had the scales removed: the 'project' - rather halted by foreign policy disasters - is back on course and it's almost as if we're back to fighting the arguments of ten years ago. Or maybe 75 years ago...

8 comments:

ian said...

Its a government of desperation really.The test will be how it deals with oncoming crisis.Ok I am stating the obvious but I am not at all inspired. Note also no Trade Union involvement.

What Browns cabinet has done is lift Labour temporarily in the Polls

Doctor Dunc said...

Mm. He seems to have used unpaid party appointments as the sweetener for the soft left. But such positions shouldn't be in the gift of prime ministerial patronage anyway.

It's all terribly worrying.

Harry Barnes said...

The Blairites throughout the Party will be delighted with what is happening. It goes beyond what Blair delivered. But what of the Brownites in the Party who had convinced themselves that he was to the left of Blair? If there position was more than a personality or (hoped for election winning strategy) they could be in a state of shock. But my fuller analysis will be posted soon.

Doctor Dunc said...

Looking forward to it, Harry.

AN said...

Ian: What Browns cabinet has done is lift Labour temporarily in the Polls

Or is that the effect of Blair resigning?

ian said...

An. Thats another way of looking at it

Curlew said...

The Digby Jones appointment concerns me. Things are likely to be controlled by business issues, be they foreign policy, public services or worker's rights. I don't understand why Brown "needed" him on the inside - from the business perspective I would have thought the CBI's advice would be free.

grimupnorth said...

Duncan, I agree it's all very worrying. Because of the poll lifts, many will assume Brown has "got it right." And, as you say, the Project is seemingly " back on course." But things will soon unravel. In the meantime, the Left is in a tight corner.Keep September 29 free!