Who is Gordon Brown

Portrait: Gordon Brown

While Tony Blair's star has steadily declined since the war against Iraq, his loyal support has clearly caught up in recent years. Gordon Brown is considered to be honest and an able minister who also makes Great Britain look significantly better than the rest of Europe with its economic policy.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Brown has embodied his party's most important campaign promise for years: that the Labor government will keep the robust British economy going. With his sober manner, Brown cemented his reputation as the nation's economic conscience. The Iron Chancellor of the Exchequer, as he is often called, pushed inflation in Britain to its lowest level in three decades, and unemployment has not been as low since the 1970s as it was under him.

Hardly anyone denies that the former rugby player, who lost his left eye at a game, is intellectually superior to the prime minister. Brown is known not only for his hot temper, but above all for his flashing intelligence. At the age of twelve he wrote leaflets for the Labor Party and began studying at the age of 16. He was so gifted that he could skip a few school classes. Before Brown devoted himself entirely to politics, he worked, among other things, as university rector in Edinburgh, Scotland, and on television.

From loner to popular figure

For a long time, the unmarried Scot, born in 1951, was considered a loner who, unlike the family man Blair, could not really win the hearts of the British. That changed when Brown married his girlfriend Sarah Macaulay at the age of 50 and soon afterwards happily announced that they were expecting children. When daughter Jennifer Jane died ten days after birth, the country mourned the minister. Known as a workhorse, Brown, who was known to be a workhorse, didn't show up in the office for almost a month - making his compatriots even more likable. The couple now have two sons. (cape)