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Darling Stays As Chancellor

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Reading between the lines, this could mean:

1) Nobody else wants the job as it's hardly a good career move.

2) Brown realises the government is about to collapse so there's no point in replacing him.

And that the reshuffle is really just about replacing ministers who have resigned.

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3) Darling used Brown's current weakness to insist on staying.

Which as Mike pointed out last night on This Week, shows Brown to be even more weakened as it was common knowlwdge Darling was about to be hoiked.

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What is the concensus on the board on how Darling has done?

The VAT cut was a bit of a farce, and the optimisitic budget projections stand out in my memory, but he doesn't appear to be considered as particularly culpable in the eyes of the public, even though he has been in the role for 2 years.

What was the thinking in reshuffling the chancellor out in the middle of the current shit storm?

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That's another possibility.

But I think the reshuffle is just a matter of filling vacancies to restore a full (though not neccessarily effective) team until the inevitable and probably imminent demise.

I don't really know whether Darling has been a particularly bad chancellor - he might be like a top TV chef who's only got cabbage, brussel sprouts and water available for the menu.

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What is the concensus on the board on how Darling has done?

The VAT cut was a bit of a farce, and the optimisitic budget projections stand out in my memory, but he doesn't appear to be considered as particularly culpable in the eyes of the public, even though he has been in the role for 2 years.

What was the thinking in reshuffling the chancellor out in the middle of the current shit storm?

The thinking for Brown is probably to get Balls in to do whatever Brown tells him to do.

Darling gets my vote over Balls even with his fraudulant expenses. Balls is a spending man, Darling appears to want to curb the deficit. Balls is married to that wretch Cooper who no doubt would have some more involvement in future financial decisions. Also Darling seems somewhat at odds with Brown, and will have more power now he's weak, so anyone who stops the maniac doing even more damage to this country gets my approval. As for whether Darling is a good chancellor? I don't think any chancellor would be 'good' right now with the state of the country's affairs. They'd all be in the sh*t.

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brown wanted balls as chancellor.

darling told him to feck off - he stays as chancellor or steps down.

brown must be mad as hell (and his friend balls too) but his hands are tied.

apparently cooper and flint are being "promoted" :blink:

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