Christopher Harvie on “the last days of Gordon Brown”

April 6, 2010

As Britain gears up for a general election with polls pointing toward a hung parliament, pundits are not only speculating on how the political landscape of the future might look, but they are also taking stock of the past.

In his new book “Broonland, the last days of Gordon Brown“, Christopher Harvie, a former colleague of Prime Minister Gordon Brown and an SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament for mid-Scotland and Fife in Brown’s Kirkaldy base, takes a turn at surveying the lay of the land.

Harvie analyses Brown’s role, New Labour and the trajectory of the economy, which grew under the leadership of prime ministers from Margaret Thatcher to Brown, in spite of the fact that Britain’s “infrastructure and education were poor, manufacturing shrank; the UK’s nations drifted apart, while London seemed to wilfully detach itself from Europe”.

The gap between the rich and poor has widened as manufacturing has been replaced by  retail, entertainment and recreation.

At a launch at Bookmarks, the socialist book shop, in London’s Bloomsbury, Harvie, a member of the Labour Party from 1962 to 1988, spoke to Reuters about Brown, Scotland, politics and the economy.

“The Labour party in Britain is in a sort of crisis,” he said, adding that Britain is “far too dependent on financial services, which have been shown almost to be fraudulent in certain major respects.”

If politics reach an impasse after the election, “quite a lot of authority could be wielded by the minority goverments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland,” he added.

Watch a video clip of Harvie below, or if you can’t see it, click on the headline of this blog post to view it.

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