Gordon Brown

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Gordon Brown

A British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. A historian and political scientist by training, he was elected to Parliament in 1983. In 1997, he became Chancellor of the Exchequer. As Chancellor, he gave the Bank of England control of monetary policy independent of government influence and adjusted tax rates according to inflation rather than earnings. As Prime Minister, he bailed out British banks during the late 2000s recession. The recession resulted in a significant increase in Britain's national debt.
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And he needs to get his big clunking fist out this afternoon at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons if a bad month isn't to get worse.
Who would have predicted that the man with the Big Clunking Fist would land it so unerringly on his own chin?
The big clunking fist looks as if he's been in the job five years, not five minutes after slipping on a velvet glove.
Well, he is undeniably a big clunking fist, having already seen off three home secretaries in David Blunkett, Charles Clarke and John Reid.
But I detect no evidence of seeping support for Brown among Labour MPs, with Cameron destined to take his own battering from the big clunking fist he privately dreads and publicly despises.
That big clunking fist should squeeze the life out of the posh public schoolboy who's so pleased with himself for not falling off his bike.
At the Tories' Welsh spring conference Mr Cameron said of Mr Brown: "He would not recognise the idea of social responsibility if it hit him in the face with a big clunking fist.
Lord Glentoran's fellow Old Etonian, David Cameron, has proved adept at playing down his poshness, but I expect Labour will be cranking up the big clunking fist to hammer away at this point come election time.
However much he dances around the ring beforehand he will come in reach of a big clunking fist and, you know what, he'll be out on his feet, carried out of the ring," he said of Mr Cameron.
ANYONE who imagined the new politics would consist of Gordon Brown's big clunking fist knocking David Cameron out of the ring from now until the general election had a wake-up call yesterday - this one is going right to the wire.
Does Mr Hain have a Brown-style big clunking fist that he can wield?
The party plans to call a referendum on Scottish independ- ence, and goodness knows what relations would be like between Gordon Brown in 10 Downing Street and Mr Salmond in Bute House, Edinburgh - although the famous big clunking fist would doubtless be put to use.