We may never know for certain whether former Prime Minister Gordon Brown was the great and magnanimous hero of Stiglitz's telling or a figure brought low by forces he failed to foresee.
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The gap between Labour and the Conservatives is far too small, but a lot of people live and die in that gap. If we, the anti-Tory majority, cast our ballots smartly, we will strip Cameron of a majority.
If Britain were a bit more like Sweden, said a Tory minister last week, "I, for one, would not object". Well, nor would I. Sweden has one of the smallest gaps between rich and poor in the world.
The reality of the British Conservative Party today severely punctures David Cameron's central pitch -- and he knows it.
Rory Stewart just turned 37. He is not now in government; he has never even stood for election. And he's going to become prime minister of Great Britain.
2009 was certainly not a year of triumphs for mankind nor human kindliness. The world economic crisis is neither diagnostically nor therapeutically on the way to a solution.
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