Fri 25 January 2008, The Daily Telegraph

Brown's ministry of institutional dither

By Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown is at the World Economic Forum in Davos today; he must be sorely tempted to stay for a long, restful weekend. A week that opened with the Home Secretary admitting that the streets of London are not safe to venture into at night has closed with the resignation of a cabinet minister who faces a police investigation into breaches of electoral law. Sandwiched between the two was a decision to use £25 billion of taxpayers' money to shore up a failed bank; a pay protest march by 22,500 angry police officers; and an abject U-turn over capital gains tax (CGT) changes that were one of the main fiscal measures in October's Pre-Budget Report. Gordon Brown's Government is some way off having the smell of death that hung over John Major's Tories after Black Wednesday, but many more weeks like this and it will be getting perilously close to acquiring it.
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