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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Gaddafi will realise he is facing a big clunking fist.
And that requires the big clunking fist to prove he's on the side of exploited workers - to bash bad bosses, and with them David Cameron.
However, the big clunking fist, as Mr Blair christened him, is certainly no lightweight.
That leaves many Labour MPs wondering whether a contest between a failed Cabinet Minister and the Big Clunking Fist of the Chancellor is really the best way to enthuse the voters.
And however much he may dance around the ring, at some point he will come within the reach of a big clunking fist.
But the Labour heavyweight's big clunking fist has started to land a few blows on the Tory lightweight, beating him last week to add to a few victories on points before Christmas.
Mr Atkinson remarked drily: "I see Gordon's Big Clunking Fist is just as tight as ever.
Tony Blair was right all along - Gordon Brown is the political equivalent of a big clunking fist.
Still to come are the pre-Budget report, the Budget itself, and the proposed TV debates with David Cameron, which could yet see the lightweight Tory leader laid out by Mr Brown's fabled Big Clunking Fist.
As this column predicted, the big clunking fist is smashing the lightweight.
And however much you may dance around the ring, at some point you'll come within the reach of a big clunking fist.
NEXT week Gordon Brown returns to the political fray with his much-vauntedautumn fightback-but don't expect a knockout blow from the big clunking fist.