Back 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 wondered what his stance on Iraq showed about his character and Peter Kellner tried to find out if he was too Scottish.
More recently, in July 2006, David Mepham asked what kind of foreign policy we could expect from Brown….