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The Political Ideology of Gordon Brown

John Simkin

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At a speech in Delhi, India, Gordon Brown has praised two unlikely political figures, Margaret Thatcher and Gandhi. Thatcher was praised for her "brave struggle against communism". It seems that Brown has changed his mind about Thatcher who was severely criticised at the time for being a Cold War warrior who was primarily concerned with justifying the UK's massive defence budget. As someone who has gone along in government with the Labour Party's corrupt relationship with the arms industry, one can understand where Brown is coming from.

The praise for Gandhi is just naked opportunism. So was his claim that Gandhi has inspired his political philosophy. Does he know nothing about history. Does he think Gandhi would have supported the Iraq War or the corrupt relationship with BEA Systems?

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