Gordon Brown's Blues

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HEAVY COST: Brown is reeling over a scandal about donations to his party

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive." During the long, bitter years when Gordon Brown hungered for the top job in British politics, he'd never have agreed with this sentiment framed by a fellow Scot, 19th century author Robert Louis Stevenson. After Brown finally collected the keys to 10 Downing Street on June 27, his first three months in office exceeded expectations — his and his country's. Many Britons, even those who rejoiced at Tony Blair's exit, had worried that their brainy, brawny Chancellor of the Exchequer was too complex and introspective to make an effective Prime Minister....

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