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How the Prime Minister and the Chancellor could do a deal on spending

Posted On: 5 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Conservative Home

David Cameron notoriously styled himself as “the heir to Blair”. Watching a recent BBC series on the New Labour era, it struck me that, in one respect at least, our Prime Minister is more the heir to Gordon Brown than to Tony Blair.
There was plenty of personal rivalry between Blair and Brown. But there was also a difference in approach to policy. In episode three of the series, Douglas Alexander states :
“Tony believed that choice and reform within our public services was a route to excellence.”
Lord Mandelson then added that Brown thought that Blair's reform agenda was “floundering around.” Brown felt schools just needed more books, teachers, more equipment. The NHS just needed more hospitals, more doctors, more nurses, more operating theatres.
Brwon's approach was ineffective as well as expensive - especially with the Enron accounting dodge of the Private Finance Initiative used to pay for much of it. Council tenants would have new PVC windows - even if they might have preferred to keep the old glass sash...

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