It's official, England now has a Scottish Prime Minister. It's not the first time. This marks a landmark event. This continues the longest run of Labour government in British history.
Gordon Brown, like Tony Blair, comes from the "third way" faction of the Laobur Party. He wants to emphasize things like health care and education but don't expect a return to the Pre-Thatcher statism of the 50s, 60s and 70s.
The one area where we can expect real change is Iraq. The last thing Brown wants to do is face election (which must happen before 2010) with British Troops still in Iraq. Of course, that's a long time and by the time 2010 rolls around, the American political situation may have solved his problem for him. That said, a Republican win in 2008 or a win for an anti-withdrawal Democrat (like Hilary Clinton) would be a problem for Gordon Brown.
Look for Brown to try to extricate Britain from Iraq and then use the resulting boost in his popularity to call a snap election and ensure a complete 5 year term for himself.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 3:01 PM