Martin Bright

Don’t Mention the Legacy!

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As the Cabinet meets in Southampton today there is one issue that will be strictly off the agenda: the Brown legacy.

I have it on very good authority that Gordon and those around him will not even allow the subject to be discussed in case it suggests that he knows the next election is lost. People coming to him with new ideas are told not to use the "L word".

I think this is very unwise. How can the Prime Minister expect anyone to come to him with innovative recession-busting ideas unless they can talk in terms of the legacy such projects will leave behind? No. 10 needs to get real. We are living through exceptional times that demand exceptional imagination.

Unless this government starts to talk openly about establishing a legacy it will have none, whether the next election is won or lost.