Political notes

In a crisis, power usually returns to the centre. But the leading figures of the coming post-Brown era are still talking about dispersing it

By Richard Reeves   156

Never let a good crisis go to waste,” insists Rahm Emmanuel, the hardbitten chief of staff to Barack Obama. Certainly, economic disaster and political disequilibrium create the space for new thinking. They make and break reputations too.

Gordon Brown is trying to bring the British economy down gently. A little like the passengers of Flight 1549 approaching the waters of the Hudson, voters are anxiously wondering if the captain can land safely. In private, even senior government figures now admit that Britain’s economy may shrink by 4 per cent in 2009—a downturn twice as deep as official projections. Latest polls,…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with our newsletter, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect