Есть ли у Гордона Брауна право быть избранным?

То, что Гордон Браун хочет сменить Тони Блэра в должности британского премьер-министра, очевидно. Но менее очевидно то, что он готов сделать все необходимое, чтобы привести лейбористскую партию к победе на следующих всеобщих выборах. В некотором критическом смысле он должен отречься от наследия Блэра, что по меньшей мере означает обещание вывести Великобританию из войны с Ираком.

Браун очень хотел стать премьер-министром все это время с 12 мая 1994 года, тот роковой день, когда Джон Смит, лидер лейбористской партии в оппозиции, упал замертво от сердечного приступа. Две недели спустя 31 мая Блэр и Браун встретились в маленьком ресторане на севере Лондона и обсудили, кто должен принять на себя партийное руководство. К концу их обсуждения они заключили двойную сделку: Браун отойдет в стороне и поддержит Блэра как следующего руководителя партии; взамен Блэр позже передаст руководство ему.

Критично, но неизбежно, они не договорились, когда или при каких обстоятельствах Блэр выполнит свою часть сделки. Неизбежно, они не могли предвидеть, что Блэр одержит три беспрецедентные последовательные победы на выборах от лейбористской партии в 1997, 2001 и 2005 годах, и таким образом удержит лейбористскую партию у власти в течение рекордного периода - возможно целых 13 лет.

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