Gordon Brown seems to think he has not 300 days but 300 years to govern. His attitude now is reminiscent of his predecessor who clung to office claiming he was “getting on with the job”. “The job’s not done,” Blair used to say, as though his own premiership – with a bit more time – might just bring an end to history and the country could then toddle on quite happily without the need of him or anyone else.
Brown’s approach is to speak loftily of all the things that are going to happen in the future, as though he had a future. All the evidence is that he doesn’t.
But he could have a legacy of real reform.
The Government at the moment is essentially doing nothing. The legislative programme is scant, and both Houses have more space in their schedules than ever just to toss around ideas in topical debates.
In the last 300 days, wouldn’t it be good idea actually to achieve something? And I have the ideal answer. My Constitutional Renewal Bill. That would be a real legacy of reform for Brown to leave behind.
As it is, the PM looks set to introduce a different Bill called “Constitutional Renewal Bill 2” – a pale imitation, second choice and second rate.
We will be debating the real thing – my Bill – tomorrow afternoon in the House of Lords. A few details about the debate are available in an article I’ve written for Epolitix, here.