Sunday, April 20, 2008

A tip for Gordon Brown?

From someone I’m sure he’ll listen to - from his own speech in Boston last week:

And although he was President for less than three years I believe that the much of the progress of this half century has been testament to the scope of John Kennedy’s dream, the worth of the ideals he lived for, the breadth of hope he inspired in us, and most of all - amid all the wit, style, elegance and statesmanship that adorned the Kennedy Presidency - his summons to service - one that never fails to inspire people to see farther and reach higher, a call which still reverberates around the world and always will.

(Let’s skip over the wit, style and elegance bit.)

Brown was fond of saying back when he was Chancellor and asked about his ambitions to replace Tony Blair, that it’s not the office you hold that matters but what you achieve with it.

True enough, although I don’t believe anybody ever actually swallowed that ‘non-denial denial’. But then I don’t think we were intended to swallow it.

What’s also true is that it’s not the time you’re in office for, but how you use that time. I doubt that even assassination would lead people decades hence to look back fondly on Brown; but he has the ability to achieve things, even if his time at the top is a brief as JFK’s, that will set the tone for time to come.

1 comment:

m said...

I saw this earlier, I love that they have a Flickr account (I’m easily impressed). Glad you made the comment about the wit, style, and elegance. Although, I do like his wife.

I think Brown is attempting to use his time in office wisely. If he’ll be more forceful now that he’s realized the popularity contest is wasting his time, I’m not sure? I do feel bad for him, as to some extent he is being demonized/bastardized (I dislike that in politics, anything beyond having a laugh I’m not too comfortable with). Unlike others, I don’t feel he is incredibly selfish/“brining down the party”, as I believe he has sacrificed a bit already (not challenging Blair early on and so on); although I do think stepping down now could paint him favorably in the history books.

I’m an independent, so I don’t really care deeply for any party, but I do think to compete well with Cameron a change in leadership, providing it is a smooth one, could be very beneficial. Poor Gordon…