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Brown keeps one eye on Number 10

Gordon Brown’s 11th and last budget speech was that of a man with bigger things on his mind, writes Dave Sambrook in London.

24th March, 2007

During his 11th budget speech, Gordon Brown, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer, pointed out that William Gladstone was the only man in the last two centuries to have delivered more.

Gladstone’s 12th budget had been delivered while he was combining the roles of prime minister and chancellor, something a grinning Brown suggested was ‘‘something no one should ever contemplate doing again’’.

The speech was pure theatre from...

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