It’s like getting all the Christmas present early.
* Gordon Brown is the world economic colossus.
* 42 days is dead and almost buried.
* The UK has Europe’s most ambitious emissions target.
* I have an editor for new editions of two of my books.
* Obama is unassailable.
While the storm clouds of recession are looming, the rest of parliamentary life is going well.
Gordon has metamorphosed from Bean to Stalin, zero to hero as America follows Euro is adopting his strategy. He will lead a new ‘Bretton Woods’ agreement that could shape a more robust practical capitalism for the future. The original Bretton Woods was a compromise that allows the rich world to get richer and the poor poorer.
Gordon will not let that happen again. His authority as a world leader gives him dominant position to build an economic model that will be fair to the developing world. This is one of his major passions. Having been written off by the media two month ago, he is now within reach of achieving his greatest lifetime ambition with a humane Bretton Woods Mark 2.
The climb-down on 42 days was no time for crowing. Those of us who opposed the 90 days under Blair had a hostile time from the ‘hang-em and flog-em’ brigade who said that we were soft on terrorists. Then 70 % of the public backed 90 days.
Now only 30% back 42 days and the advantage of this political ploy has evaporated. It would have been better if the lesson had been learned before the Lords defeated the bill. But as a potential source of Labour dis-unity the issue is now dead.
Today’s announcement on upping our emissions target confirms Labour’s strong green credentials. It would have been easy to retreat on commitments because of the credit crunch.
He also signaled new help to encourage small-scale electricity generation though technology such as home-based solar panels and wind turbines. Good news for Wrexham.
He said the Energy Bill would be amended to introduce a "feed-in tariff" to guarantee prices for micro-generation projects which are able to supply electricity to the national grid. This is the way that Germany has achieved 15% renewables in its energy generation. We are on 2.3%. My oral question to Ed Milliband this afternoon was:
“Will my friend vigorously pursue his feed-in tariffs policy that will achieve a quick improvement and avoid becoming bewitched by the Pied Piper of nuclear power, that won’t?”
For years I have been toying with the idea of publishing an up to date edition of my book Commons Knowledge and a re-written version of my autobiography in English. There are always excuses to avoid starting on major projects of this kind.
Now I am under pressure to start the re-writing. I have an editor who has already edited the dairies of two major politicians. The process is often 'slash and burn' of the dross that is so beloved by the writers. I may complain quietly now and again, but I will always take her decisions on what to include and what to junk.
There is a mountain of new exciting amusing material to write. I will try some of it out on this blog.
This morning's exhilarating session of my Select Committee questioned the wise Geoff Mulgan and Matthew Taylor. They have both worked at Number 10 and have fresh creative ideas on efficient Government.
Geoff is soon publishing a new book to follow his brilliant 'Good and Bad Power : The Ideals and Betrayals of Government'. At the end of the session, I asked them to name their choice of the three greatest political leaders.
Three names were mentioned, Clement Attlee, Thomas Jefferson and Barak Obama. The first two because they were Platonic Guardians in their indifference to the demands of the press and other outside influences. Barak Obama for the quality of his thinking as evidenced by his magnificent and subtle speech on race.
His lead in the polls is stretching further ahead of the hapless McCain. We can look forward to great days with President Obama.