Gordon has finger on the pulse

I’VE listened to three speeches from Gordon Brown in the last couple of weeks.

Firstly he delivered his budget speech in the commons, then he spoke at the Wales Labour Conference in Swansea, and thirdly with Former US President Bill Clinton in London.

What linked all of these speeches by the man most likely to be Britain’s next Prime Minister was the strong grasp of the problems facing Britain and the World.

In the budget he rightly pointed out the contrast between an economy with sustained low inflation, low unemployment and continuous growth, with previous periods of boom and bust.

There are still many problems to solve, including pensions, but the economic strength of Britain has allowed the record investment in public services to happen. He pointed out that our future depends on quality education, and backed this up with investment for schools.

At the Conference he spoke about global poverty, and the need to show leadership over aid and trade. He spoke movingly about meeting children in Africa for whom free education is only a dream.

He talked about how aid is all well and good, but fair trade was needed to allow Africa to stand on its feet in the next century. If we ignore these problems they will not go away, and the ultimate source of global terrorism is a sense of injustice.

Finally he shared a platform with Bill Clinton, who pointed out how good Britain’s economic performance looked to him from the other side of the Atlantic. He praised Gordon Brown for his stewardship of the economy, and his leadership on world poverty.

It was a series of speeches which showed whatever other problems there are, Britain has a Prime Minister in waiting, well able to take the reins of power when the opportunity finally arrives.