It may seem peculiar for a man who is synonymous with stealth taxes, and whose time in government will be remembered for the polarisation of society, to frame his arguments in such terms; but his reason is clear: Brown doesn’t want to debate the economy.
The interview contains a plethora of abject clichés about ‘taking tough decisions’ but there’s precious little detail about the future of the economy. I doubt George Osborne would receive such gentle examination. Brown was allowed to assert that he reduced the deficit consistently when Chancellor. Britain’s creditors have £30bn that says otherwise. Also, Downing Street’s notorious control freak and last minute budget editor doesn’t “want to presume what’s in Alistair Darling’s budget”.