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Britain needs all the expertise it can get. Time to bring former prime ministers into government

Gordon Brown’s recent interventions show the kinds of skills we would all benefit from

By Sonia Sodha  

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Several politicians—from the Conservative George Freeman, to new Labour shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy—have floated the idea of a government of national unity in recent weeks, or at least something resembling it. One way this could work would involve bringing senior opposition MPs onto Cobra and the cabinet committees charged with making decisions about the coronavirus response.

But this could risk reducing scrutiny of government decisions at a…

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