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Don't Pretend You Know It All, Gordon - The Prime Minister Should Stop Claiming He's

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If Gordon Brown is to turn his handling of the financial crisis to political advantage for his party he has got to get smarter and do it soon. Listening to his interview on the Today programme this morning it was only too obvious why, according to the most recent poll, the Brown bounce of late 2008 has collapsed back to a 14-point Labour deficit behind the Conservatives.

The problem is that Brown has cast himself as the man with all the answers, the man others are following, at precisely the time when the only thing that is clear is that the answers to the financial crisis are not clear. I agree with the Independent's Adrian Hamilton, who wrote in a column this week, that there is something in Brown's makeup that makes it difficult for him either to admit to error or to accept that he is not uniquely omniscient.

In his Today interview, Brown foundered on just this problem. He is right, in my view, that the current financial crisis and recession are fundamentally different from the inflation-driven recessions with which most of us have some experience. He is right, too, that this recession has a global character that did not apply in many of the other postwar recessions. It is, in other words, an exceptionally serious and difficult economic crisis, which requires policies that are not just at odds with the policies of the immediate past but also whose impact and consequences are inherently difficult to predict.

Brown's problem is that he finds it difficult to adapt his essentially autocratic cast of mind to such changed political circumstances. There is, as Hamilton suggests, something in him that confuses leadership and omniscience. His final words to Evan Davis illustrate the point. "We've analysed the problem," Brown said, "done the right thing. We have a plan for recovery. I believe other countries will do similar things to what we're doing. And that is the way out of this problem."

Except, crucially, that it may not be. Several of Brown's claims strike a false note here. Has the problem been analysed as well as he claims? Has the government always "done the right thing"? Does it really have a plan for recovery? Are other countries truly following the UK's – and Brown's – lead? Most importantly of all, is it in fact the way out of this problem?

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Amazing that people still think Brown could get out of this mess.

It's his Brownturn and the buck stops with him.

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