Magazine article The Spectator

Your Nominations - Spectator/threadneedle Parliamentarian Awards

Magazine article The Spectator

Your Nominations - Spectator/threadneedle Parliamentarian Awards

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Who would have thought it? After the shattering disappointment of a general election defeat, Gordon Brown can finally dig out some solace from our search for the greatest parliamentarian of the last 25 years. Andy Miles nominates our former prime minister as 'the man who delivered us through the worst financial crisis of our age'.

And this theme is amplified by Victoria Hare, who writes, 'Gordon Brown is criminally underappreciated by political commentators. His achievements will be judged more rationally in the history books.'

Brown's name appears elsewhere - but in a much less favourable light. In a paean for the political career of Tony Blair, Michael Judge finishes, 'if only Brown hadn't ruined it all'. Meanwhile, Simon Marshall praises David Cameron for 'kicking Brown from his elevated perch'. One nomination for Brown, which thanks him for 'creating an excuse to cut back the size of the state', belongs in the folder marked 'tongue-in-cheek'.

It is not all about the right honourable member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, though. …

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