UK Politics

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Brown’s bills package is a deftly disguised political manoeuvre that will make it difficult for the Tories to shrink the state.

Polly Toynbee

The words “deftly disguised political manoeuvre” and “As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University” are not words that immediately spring to mind when one thinks of Brown.

His shambolic coup against Blair.

2p tax rate. Remember that deft political manoeuvre?

The election that never was.



The mishandled Iraq inquiry.

Light blue touch paper and retreat.