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No more Mr Nice Guy

Brown should learn from the setbacks of Cameron and Obama, and abandon this nice-guy politics

By Freddie Sayers   October 2007

In early September, Gordon Brown made a speech to the NCVO. Rejecting the “old tired sloganising politics of the past,” he announced the need for a “new type of politics … a politics that is built on consensus and not division, a politics that is built on engaging with people and not excluding them.” He then announced the appointment of two Tory MPs, John Bercow and Patrick Mercer, as government advisers. A week later, he invited Margaret Thatcher around for tea.

This is not just evidence of the ongoing battle for the political centre ground. In the last few months,…

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