Britain’s financial crisis has backed Prime Minister Gordon Brown into a political corner as he tries to make up the vote deficit in the impending UK elections.While the country now looks destined for a hung parliament, Brown has positioned himself well, refusing to go the uber-austerity route of Conservative leader David Cameron in terms of UK budget cuts.
This could be either the political tonic to revive Labour or the poison to kill it, depending on how Brown deals with the crisis. If he appears strong, but not expansionist, he may be able to draw upon some of the working class voters who have felt distanced from the Labour Party since the recession began.
If, on the other hand, he blunders or overestimates its importance, Cameron could be seen as the sort of change the country needs, away from a Prime Minister who has been characterised as a bully.
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