Gordon Brown’s Sound Advice for Keir

Gordon Brown tells Times Radio…

“Now my advice is not to take my advice. I think it’s better that he makes his own decisions and does what he feels is right for the Labour party.”

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Brown: The Response to an Attack on Democracy Cannot be Less Democracy
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Brown: Africa Desperately Needs First World’s Spare Vaccines
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Gordon Brown: G7 Should be Donating 10 Times More Vaccines to Poorer Countries
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Irony of Labour’s Director of Strategy Mattinson Making Millions from Tory Government

Deborah Mattinson has been appointed as Keir Starmer’s Director of Strategy, starting in July. She says she’s “looking forward to playing a part in helping Labour reconnect with the voters it has lost”. She performed a similar role for Gordon Brown, it didn’t go well, and she eventually quit working for him.

One of the issues was her firm’s Citizen Engagement work for the Brown government at the same time as she did pro bono work for Brown’s political project. Guido felt that the millions she was billing the taxpayers could be cross-subsidising her work for Gordon. In her book (Talking to a Brick Wall) about her work for Gordon Brown, she wrote that our stories about the conflict of interests enraged Brown. She stopped working for him as a result.

So it is with amusement that Guido reports that her firm Britain Thinks has, since 2020, been awarded 23 government contracts worth millions to her firm. Britain Thinks has been awarded 3 contracts worth £2.99 million by the Cabinet Office alone in the last year. Despite stepping down as a director, she remains a substantial shareholder in Britain Thinks. Guido is not suggesting a conflict of interest beyond querying whether she really, at heart, wants to make the government more successful. Isn’t it remarkably generous of a Tory government to enrich the Labour Party’s Director of Strategy…

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Gordon Brown Changes Tune on Union Jack Waving

Gordon Brown is on the airwaves following the Holyrood elections, offering advice on how to save the union after shying away from it himself when in power. Bizarrely Brown has told ITV that “sticking Union Jacks on things and basing ministers in Scotland is just a gimmick.” This is a violent volte face from Brown, given when he was PM he personally ordered the Union Jack to be flown from Whitehall building to “promote a renewed sense of Britishness in every citizen.” He believed in the move so much he spoke about lifting the flag flying restrictions in his first ever Commons statement as Prime Minister…

It also appears to be the same Gordon Brown who, when Prime Minister, commissioned an independent review that recommended a further 15,000 civil service jobs being moved out of the capital by 2015, with Brown saying in 2013 that “public-sector jobs transferred to regions and nations could exceed 20,000, to the benefit of the whole economy,” It sounds like party politics may be getting in the way of Brown’s claimed desire to save the UK…

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