Chances are, though, that the Dear Leader won't be in office to see these towns completed or even begun: construction on the sites announced today would start in 2016. Which prompts the question of whether a Tory government would continue the developments. They said last year that they'll junk them, and I imagine they'll be even keener to do so should they have to deal with Brown's debt crisis. But, as this Times article points out, local Conservative authorities might find themselves in a position where they've spent £millions planning for them (over the months leading up to the next election), and may be reluctant to let all that go to waste. In other words, there may be trouble ahead for a future Tory government over this - which could be all the legacy Brown wants.