Review of Whatever it Takes: The Real Story of Gordon Brown and New Labour by Steve Richards
Let me see if I can remember when I first began to despise Gordon Brown. Maybe it was when his fixer Charlie Whelan announced to the wife of the political editor of the New Statesman that he could get her husband and father of her children fired for making a documentary about Ken Livingstone’s indulgence of the Islamist far right. Maybe it was a few months later when the New Statesman, in a move that it claims was unconnected, duly made him redundant. Or perhaps it was when Ivan Lewis, a decent Labour MP, daringly suggested that a centre-left government should require the rich to pay more tax. As punishment for crossing Brown and upsetting the City financiers he courted, person or persons unknown sent a flamed-up “scandal” about Lewis’s private life to tame Brownite hacks on the tabloids.