03 August, 2010

The third man

News that Gordon Brown has been voted by historians the third worst Prime Minister since the war is puzzling. The two worst were apparently Anthony Eden and Alec Douglas Home, who had on their watch respectively Suez and the Profumo/Christine Keeler scandal.

I can't really see that these two were worse than Brown. They never lied about statistics, never misled the public over what was going on and, crucially, never brought the country to its knees financially.

What may be interesting is that they all followed Prime Ministers of their own party who were perceived as safe pairs of hands - Churchill, MacMillan and Blair. John Major scored badly too, but then again he deserved to.

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