By Simon Lee

On twenty eighth June 2007, Gordon Brown ultimately succeeded Tony Blair as best Minister for excellent Britain, having waited within the wings for over ten years. Does his premiership sign a shift to the left in British Politics? what's going to it suggest for the UK's courting with the USA? Simon Lee systematically examines Brown's politics over the past ten years of Labour strength, and gives an exam of Britain's most crucial political determine.

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Following the Labour Party’s election victory in May 1997, Brown’s philosophy entered its fourth and current phase, during which he has abandoned the socialist tradition within the party. As an alternative, Brown has embraced the moral sentiments of Adam Smith. These third and fourth phases are analysed in Chapter Two. WINNING THE BATTLE OF IDEAS: SETTING THE AGENDA FOR MODERNISATION Winning the battle of ideas has been particularly important to recent British Prime Ministers. They have identified this battle as one of two prerequisites for the implementation of their respective modernisation agendas.

Brown has said that he sees winning the battle of ideas not only as key to domestic modernisation but also to Britain’s foreign policy goals. 16 That cultural Cold War must now be renewed: Brown identified as crucial to defeating international terrorism the isolation of ‘murderous extremists’ through the mobilisation of ‘the essential decency and moderation of all our communities ... 18 RESOLVING THE PROGRESSIVE DILEMMA Gordon Brown is intent on fighting the battle of ideas and wants to launch a new phase of British national renewal.

Government’s monetary policy by financial speculators and second, Brown’s appointment of Ed Balls as his personal economic adviser. Balls’s liberal political economy, and particularly his critique of some of the central assumptions of macro-economic policy, helped propel Brown away from supply-side socialism and towards supply-side liberalism. THE POLITICS OF POTENTIAL Brown’s political economics might have been in flux but he still sought to define a new politics that would sustain his conviction that ‘prosperity requires a just society.

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