UK ‘leaderless but not powerless’ says former prime minister Gordon Brown

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on the UK government to implement a fourth budget to help families in need after he expressed his “shock” at the growing number of poor people.

Speaking to the BBC Sunday Morning, Mr Brown said Prime Minister Boris Johnson should “bring the people together” to tackle rising inflation and come up with a plan for growth.

Mr Brown was prime minister during the last financial crisis in the UK between 2007 and 2010. He also served as chancellor from 1997 to 2007.

He said he was “shocked” by the number of families that could end up in poverty.

He added: “I am shocked by the fact that so many families and so many children will find themselves below the poverty line this winter, despite Chancellor Sunak’s proposals last month.

“I see millions of poor families, millions of children going to school poorly dressed and hungry, people who cannot afford heating.

“Something needs to be done about this. And it should be done in a much more equitable way than the previous three budgets.

“Family budgets are under tremendous pressure and the government will need a plan. I propose a fourth budget. This year we had three budgets. We need to do three things. First of all, we need to put inflation on the path of stable prices.

“Secondly, the government must help alleviate family poverty because child poverty will exceed five million if we do not take further action. And thirdly, I think people are really looking for a growth plan to overcome this.”

He warned that the economic problems facing the UK affect every country in the world.

The UK is one of the few countries that does not have an industrial policy. We don’t have a trade deal with either America or Europe, so whether it’s Brexit or not, we really need to sort out our trade relationship.Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown

“This is primarily a global problem that requires a global solution. At the moment, we actually have no leader, but we are not powerless,” he said.

“Food crisis, 800 million on the brink of starvation. An energy crisis with rising oil prices affecting every country, inflation and of course covid, conflicts and climate change affecting all countries.

“So Boris Johnson can go to Rwanda and then to Germany, but he really needs to bring world leaders together and they need to come up with a plan that includes concerted and comprehensive actions that can lower oil prices, secure food supplies, move to around the world and can control inflation.”

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Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on Boris Johnson to unite people to respond to the economic crisis (PA)

He suggested that UK inflation could reach 11%, but warned that when high inflation and the possibility of a recession “come together”, jobs and living standards could be in jeopardy.

Mr. Brown accused the government of not doing enough about the looming economic crisis.

“The UK is one of the few countries that does not have an industrial policy. We don’t have a trade deal with either America or Europe, so in Brexit or beyond, we really need to sort out our trade relationship,” he said.

“Without this plan, there is no plan. There is no program of action.

“The government moves from crisis to crisis, from scandal to scandal. We see no way out of this. We will have pain now and pain later. What we need is to minimize the pain now and maximize the gain later.

“At the moment, no government minister can explain any strategy for the next year, two years or three years. There is no plan, there is no program of action, and there must be one.”

He also told Labor leader Keir Starmer to “ignore” those who had accused him of being “boring” earlier this week.

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Earlier this week, Labor leader Keir Starmer was accused of being “boring”.

“What’s interesting about Keir Starmer’s possible leadership is that he will have a plan for Britain. He will show how we can bring back growth. It will show how we can raise living standards again, and it will show how we can build a more just society that will address issues like climate change.

“Kjer Starmer was Attorney General. He has been a great civil servant for many years and I think he will make a great prime minister.”