The FT reports that Darling is livid that Brown would risk alienating the UK by announcing a policy that he knew the US and others would publicly oppose. The ploy may have been a desperate vote grab, but the Global Statesman of the Year is now a Global Figure of Mirth - Groucho Marx with the ability to raise tax - and he’s back-peddling furiously. An aide tells the FT:
“We’re not that massively wedded to a transactions tax. We’re not saying ‘it’s this or nothing’ – we’re saying we need a deal.”
Thankfully, Brown’s political strength, both in Cabinet, the country at large and internationally, has disintegrated to the point where he can’t conduct further full scale wrecking of Britain’s very fragile future.