Peter Hoskin

Back to the planning stage

Uh-oh.  It sounds like Gordon Brown is going to unleash a “national plan” on the country in the aftermath of the June elections.  Here are the details from today’s Indy:

“A ‘national plan’ for Britain will be unveiled by Gordon Brown as he tries to fight back after Labour’s expected elections rout next month, The Independent has learnt.

The Prime Minister wants the blueprint to be a route map for how the Government will lead the country out of recession and extend its public service reforms. It will cover the economy, industry, health, education and crime.

The aim of the ‘national plan’ is to show that Labour has not run out of steam after 12 years in office and has a more detailed prospectus than the Tories. Despite Labour’s perilous position in opinion polls, Mr Brown is convinced Labour can still hold on to power if the general election could be turned into a choice between the rival policies of the two main parties. ‘Gordon Brown has a plan, David Cameron does not,’ one of Mr Brown’s aides said. ‘When the voters realise that, we think they will look at things differently.’

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Labour strategists hope that publication of Mr Brown’s plan may ‘flush out’ more Tory policies. They suspect Mr Cameron has decided to try to coast to victory without spelling out his programme.

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