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Gordon BrownBack in March 1998, Robert Chote profiled Brown nine months after he became chancellor. (In the first paragraph, he quotes an unnamed policy official saying “Gordon would be a disastrous prime minister. A complete dictator.”)

In October 2004, a Prospect symposium looked ahead to Brown as prime minister. Irwin Stelzer assured us we had little to fear from a Brown premiership; Michael Gove claimed that he would be Blair Mark Two; Clare Short thought that he would be better than Blair; Derek Scott worried that he wouldn’t make a good PM; Robert Skidelsky…

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