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The Blair–Brown deal (or Granita Pact) was a gentlemen's agreement struck between the The relationship between Blair and Brown from the years to — culminating in an in depth dramatisation of the Granita meeting — was the. Mr Blair's book, released on Wednesday, gives his account for the first time of the tumultuous relationship with Mr Brown, while they were prime. Their relationships are both informed by the Blair-Brown breakdown. He then added, as if this resolved the issue, 'They both came to my.
The first was pointed out by Tony Blair himself as Miliband agonised over whether to make Balls shadow chancellor in Miliband was nervous about appointing Balls, fearful of a rerun of the Blair-Brown saga. But, in a telephone call, Blair reassured him by pointing out that there had been an actual contest between Miliband and Balls which Miliband had won. The second is that Miliband and Balls both saw first-hand how destructive the Blair-Brown relationship proved. Balls is, also, well aware of how toxic his reputation for factionalism is.
During the Labour leadership hustings, he would nearly always turn in the strongest performance.
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He was more in command of policy than anyone else and more relaxed. Balls cannot afford to be tarred as disloyal again. Miliband is also determined to avoid a head-on collision with his shadow chancellor. Having put Balls back in his box over HS2, he now seems to be softening his opposition to a third runway at Heathrow. But significant differences between them remain. For their part, many of those close to Miliband reject the idea that the shadow chancellor has to have almost equal billing with the leader.
Can a relationship like this really survive the stresses and strains of a general election campaign? It talked of "opportunities and threats" that include Gordon Brown's reaction: We need to consider how to deal with that".
A new level was reached on 6 September when there were reports of Mr Blair and Mr Brown having an "acrimonious meeting" over the succession issue, which was followed by the resignation of a junior minister and seven government aides who had urged Mr Blair to stand down.
Mr Blair, with evident reluctance, announced he would quit within a year. But allies of the chancellor denied the resignations had been part of a coup plot by the Brown camp.
Not surprisingly, the merest hint of an endorsement from Mr Blair - or even a recognition that he will one day be gone as prime minister - is seized upon. The first example of this comes in the Commons, when Mr Blair is speaking about the next election.
He says of Tory leader David Cameron: Mr Blair clearly meant the remark as a compliment but it was quickly adopted by the opposition to mock what they saw as Mr Brown's insensitive, macho style of politics. Mr Brown took care to mention his 'friend' Tony Blair "As someone who has known him for over 20 years as a friend and a colleague, he can make a real difference to this country for the better and for the good.
The fact that endorsement comes at the very last minute, when all possible heavyweight challengers to Mr Brown have fallen by the wayside, appears to have been forgotten as the pair speak warmly of their longstanding friendship.
Asked at his campaign launch why Mr Blair has waited so long to offer his unconditional support, Mr Brown tells reporters: We shared an office together, we grew up in politics together, we work well together.
The Sunday newspapers are full of fresh revelations about the two men's troubled relationship, with the Independent on Sunday publishing leaked documents suggesting Mr Blair planned to sack Mr Brown as chancellor after the election.The Deal (2003) Dir. Stephen Frears [Full Movie] - Tall Tales
Blair is quoted as saying: The bitterness continued after Labour's election victory, with Mandelson relating how Blair described one meeting he had with Brown to discuss pension reform as "the ugliest I've ever had".
Under the plan, a US-style Office of Budget and Delivery would be carved out of the Treasury, leaving Brown in charge of a finance ministry to handle macroeconomics. Crucially Brown would have lost control of departmental purse strings. But when Blair put the plan to Brown, the then chancellor said "no". It was a fateful moment. Before the election, after Mandelson was cleared of any wrongdoing in the Hinduja passport affair, Blair told him: He could come for me — and he would do probably if he got the chance.
Only of removing me, but I am not going to be pushed out. Mandelson reports on a dinner hosted by Prescott, who invited the two men to a reconciliation at Admiralty House.
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