Who Is Gordon Brown?

By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2007 11:40 AM CDT
Britain's Treasury Chief Gordon Brown, likely to be the successor of Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair, smiles as he leaves Downing Street, in central London, Thursday May 10, 2007. Blair is announcing...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – As Gordon Brown prepares to succeed Tony Blair, the current chancellor of the exchequer's plans for Britain's future are unclear. Brown's dour, brusque style is a sharp contrast to Blair's slick verbosity, but some see that as an advantage. “He’s not regarded as a prince of spin or a liar," Oxford's Timothy Garton Ash told the New York Times.

And Brown has been waiting for a long time. He claimed his position as Blair's successor in a well-known but unconfirmed 1994 deal with the PM, who will step down on June 27.  "His dread must be that he will finally get to sup from the chalice only to find that it is poisoned,” Andrew Rawnsley wrote in the Observer.