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23 May 2017 07:07 (South Africa)
Politics

Gordon Brown fiddles as Labour burns

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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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UK PM Gordon Brown has used his moment in the spotlight at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton to urge his party to "change the world again" in a make-or-break speech to the faithful. He said voters at the election, to be held by next June, would have the "biggest choice for a generation".

He proposed a referendum on electoral reform, giving voters the power to recall MPs, more free childcare for poor families and state homes for single mothers. And, true to his reputation for moralising, Brown also vowed a fresh crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

Brown began by telling his party that they were "the fighters and believers who change the world - we have changed the world before and we are going to do it again". He told delegates he had acted "decisively and immediately" when Britain was "looking over a precipice" as banks were on the brink of failure last year, and that the Conservatives were "consistently wrong" on the economy.

Meanwhile, Brown’s wife, Sarah, told delegates that while Brown was "no saint" they had "been together through some tough times, and some great times, and we will be together forever". He’s obviously got at least one vote guaranteed.

His speech came as the most recent survey says the Conservatives have support of 36%, Labour 24% and the Liberal Democrats on 25% - the first time since 1982 Labour was third place.

Read more: AP, Daily Telegraph, BBC News

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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