Mr Blair’s former breathless lover will form
the fully staffed Gordon and Sarah Brown Foundation, paid for by lucrative speaking engagements,
which the Spectator revealed
some weeks ago. He has accepted three
pro-bono appointments - joining Queen Rania of Jordan’s Global Campaign for Education, working on a new programme to bring the internet to Africa and joining the board of Tim Berners Lee's
World Wide Web Foundation. He will also continue to write on the plight of the world’s poor.
Presumably, he won’t now be seeking a spot at the Shadow Cabinet
table. Like Blair, Brown’s ambitions are global. I can’t criticise Brown for any of
this – they are all worthy causes close to Brown’s heart. But it would be better for all concerned, especially the voters of Kirkcaldy, if he resigned his seat.