Has Gordon Brown lost the authority to lead Britain?

_45870237_brown_afpThere’s fevered excitement around Westminster, the home of the UK parliament this morning. The talk is all about whether prime minister Gordon Brown can survive the latest barrage of criticism from within his own party.

The knives are out, and the latest minister to resign from his cabinet has directly called on Mr Brown to step down. On Newshour today we’ll be down in the action outside parliament for a special programme, bringing together MPs from all parties, and asking whether this is a crisis in a small British teacup or if there are wider implications.

After all, not so many months ago, many around the world praised Gordon Brown for his forthright policies to turn round the global recession. Do you think he’s being unfairly treated? Has he been let down by parliament itself, embroiled as it is in the scandal over expense claims? How does the behaviour of British MPs compare with those where you live? Has Gordon Brown lost the authority to lead Britain?

Give us your comments and we’ll put as many as can on air and to our guests on the programme, which you can listen to at 1200GMT.

14 Responses to “Has Gordon Brown lost the authority to lead Britain?”

  1. 1 wisdom gadri-darrah
    June 5, 2009 at 10:14

    i dont think gordon brown has lost the authority to lead britain but instead ha smastered the courage to come out public about the expense of mps and asked for an enquire,it only take the honest and bravehearted to come out and apologise after all i come from a country where our mps expenses are so huge and the tax payer has to bear this expenses,in all this their never come out to say their doing wrong but instead defend their actions…

  2. 2 Anon
    June 5, 2009 at 11:26

    I think it’s about policians and the media (and bloggers) stopped their constant sniping at Gorgon Brown. He’s doing a tough job in tough circumstances. He is not personally responsible for the behaviour of the multitude of MP’s who have been lining their pockets. And he may be a man who lacks charisma, but his heart is in the right place and he is intelligent. I’d rather have a sincere PM than a shallow smooth talker.

  3. 3 Chas
    June 5, 2009 at 12:21

    I fully agree with these 2 comments – what’s more I consider the behaviour of the recent resignees as treacherous not only to Gordon Brown and the Labour Party as a whole but also to the nation that needs stability at a time of great difficulty. I suspect that the whole country will see through their tactics. We’ve heard a lot of talk about the traditional and usually commendable loyalty of Labour party members – it certainly does not apply to these people, some of whom also have been clearly at fault in the expenses scandal but have not had the courage or decency to admit it. Instead they have tried to fall back on the support of their constituents, which they have already lost in large part. I find it hard to understand that these representatives of the people have still not “got it” – they do not seem to see the big picture or realise what they are really there for – it smacks of the short-term profiteering attitudes that have dominated the financial world and brought about our current economic difficulties.

  4. June 5, 2009 at 13:23

    DONT debate on this whether brown lost his sting to power on britain but in this situation ask brown the question whether he and his team is willing to correct ways by going back to the BASICS as in the past former primeminister john major said when governence was in disarray?

  5. June 5, 2009 at 13:44

    The behaviour of British MPs as compare to those here in Liberia is of no difference. It is a worldwide phenomenon. Our MPs here don’t even care to know about the wellbeing of the masses who elected them to power; neither do they care to advocate for increasement in Civil Servants’ salary for sustainability. Every year they are given Agricultural Break with huge packages, which is intended for them to go to their various counties and assist their electorates with food production, poverty alleviation,and other related sufferings,but majority of them don’t even make that attempt. They will sign for the money and fly abroad to enjoy themselves there while their electorates suffer from hunger.

    Mohammed Kondawa

    Monrovia Liberia

  6. 6 robert in asia
    June 5, 2009 at 14:09

    Gordon Bown re-shuffling?

    Like the Captain of the Titanic re-arranging the deck chairs.

    Time for the PM to go and call a general election!

    • 7 Dennis Junior
      June 5, 2009 at 16:00

      Robert in Asia:
      I think that your argument is totally true…That Gordon Brown will be forced to call
      for a General Election in the United Kingdom is getting louder by the day!

      ~Dennis Junior~

  7. 8 Ramesh, India
    June 5, 2009 at 14:22

    Names starting with letter B make great leaders – Blair, Brown! I suggest to brits not to show their frustration on Brown for a silly reason. Though, 4th consecutive term for the labour may not be good for democracy, the current economic conditions require Brown to be at the helm.

    June 5, 2009 at 14:43


    It’s not about Brown but about Labor Party (neo cons?). It was all coming if you recall why Blair stepped down. The party and its leaders have come into what is ailing them through what I would call over confidence borne out of staying long in power. Offices eventually become personalized and relationsip between the office bearer and the client is destroyed.

    That aside, Brown came into the current office without the usual hussle of electioneering; he ought to be grateful to the British Democracy.

    The recent resignations which includes some from his own party point to one thing. Labour Party needs to taken back to the docks for retooling. There should be no qaulms about it. They will be able to return to office when credibility is finally restored on the minds of the British Taxpayers.

  9. 10 Tom K in Mpls
    June 5, 2009 at 15:47

    The fact that such a small issue, by any standard, causes such a flurry on every level tells me that the British system is something to be proud of. I even had the chance to say this on the air!. In a tool analogy, what is needed here is a screwdriver, not a jackhammer.

  10. June 6, 2009 at 01:22

    When the British people want a change they invariably get it, Brown must go. Lets have it right, the bloke never won a mandate from the Nation in the first place. Oh, and just a wee question : Would an Englishman ever be accepted as the leader of a Scottish Government ? NO

  11. 12 Munti Dann
    June 6, 2009 at 03:31

    Obviously, Prime Minister Brown is at his wit’s end.

    Losing out in the local elections, the voters dumped him and voiced their dissatisfaction with him clearly and loudly. Compounded by the betrayal of his close colleagues, his days seem to have been numbered.

    Step down gracefully now and he will be remembered for the good things he had done. Otherwise, it could be a different story.

  12. June 6, 2009 at 11:52

    Gordon Brown is a patsy and even worse a willing one. Blair got out while the going was better because he knew worse times and his defeat for coming so he passed on the baton to his ardent fall-guy.

  13. 14 globalcomedy
    June 6, 2009 at 18:57

    For everyone who wants Brown out, a question. Who can actually do a better job?

    I know many want the good old days again of Thatcher and her best mate Ronnie Reagan. Think about all the problems that THEY had? In this current climate, what could Cameron actually do to improve it? Fall back on the usual Tory mantra of less regulation and more tax cuts for corporations and the super rich? If Cameron really thinks this cna work, I suggest he read watch the news in the States.

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