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What would you ask the Labour Party leader?

19:35 UK time, Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Jeremy VineGordon Brown, Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party, will be interviewed by the BBC's Jeremy Vine on Wednesday on Radio 2. What would you like to know?

After Labour's 1997 landslide victory, Mr Brown became the most powerful chancellor in modern times.

With his eyes firmly set on the top job Mr Brown was crowned party leader, and Prime Minister, without a contest, when Tony Blair stood down in 2007.

You can read the Labour Party's manifesto here.

What do you think of the Labour Party's policies? Which policies would you like to ask Gordon Brown about? What broader issues would you like to discuss with the Labour leader?

This debate is now closed. Thank you for your comments.

In the fourth in a series of interviews, Jeremy Vine will be interviewing Gordon Brown during his programme on BBC Radio 2 between 1200 and 1245 on Wednesday 28 April 2010. For more information on how to enjoy and contribute to the programme, click here.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Would you continue as Prime Minister if your party came third numerically in the vote, but still won the most seats?

    I'd suggest that you try it, because I believe that will be the catlyst for genuine electoral reform.

  • Comment number 2.

    Sadly, I would not ask him anything because, if I did, he would not answer the question. In all the PMQs I have watched on TV, I have never ever known him to answer any question put to him. His standard response is to barrage the questioner with 'facts', some of which are not true. He is obscure with the truth so frequently that I think he actually believes he is telling his version of the truth when in fact he is lying. He and Mandelson are made for each other!

  • Comment number 3.

    Do you accept that there may be a case for introducing a law, similar to the the one in the US that prevents foreign ownership of British media?

    Do you think its democratic that newspapers who's proprietors have no stake in British society are actively trying to influence the outcome of the British General Election?

  • Comment number 4.

    I would ask Gordon Brown what he thinks of the IFS review and the way it has been misrepresented by the BBC. Can he spell out again, showing how the figures add up, where savings will be made. Here is why he should.

    This morning we have a story that all the 3 main parties have failed to explain how they intend to pay for the debt. The BBC, following the Telegraph story,(or perhaps just the headline), detailed the shortfall between savings already announced and the actual debt. What the BBC failed to tell us is that the IFS report was referring to was........wait for it......... plans for the year 2016/17! Yes another non-story.

    David Miliband gave a very strong performance and a detailed account on Radio 4, despite constant interruptions from the interviewer. He explained how Labour intends to cut the deficit in half, where savings would be made, eg in capital spending on transport infrastructure, and where money will be raised through tax. The facts have not been hidden by Labour from the public. Labour will conduct a spending review no later than September in the light of conditions then.

    To expect the main parties to have detailed plans for 2016, more than 1 parliament away, is ridiculous and the BBC knows it. It is coverage like this that gives our political process such a bad name.

    You can get all the detail Miliband was referring to from here.

    I would also ask Brown why he and his team have not spent more time reminding people of the successes of the last 10 years.

  • Comment number 5.

    Do you think that people have forgotten how bad the Conservatives were? Do you think that they have changed?

  • Comment number 6.

    My question would be - 'When your party came to power just over a decade ago the country had a budget surplus. Since that time not only have you spent all the money the country had but you continued to spend money we did not have by borrowing. We now have a multi-trillion pound debt which is rising at the rate of 6 thousand pounds a second with no signs of it slowing down let alone stopping or reversing.
    Can you explain to the country in very simple terms how you can claim to be the prudent chancellor and how you intend to pay back this mountain of debt we have accumulated as a result of your astute financial management.

  • Comment number 7.

    I'd ask him that,if elected, does he intend to change the law regarding stopping at the scene of a car accident so that, in future, drivers can just say 'You know who I am' and drive off. Does he also intend to make it legal to use, a la Ed. Balls, a hand-held mobile phone whilst driving (especially with your children in the back of the car). These examples were, of course, set by senior Cabinet ministers. I'd just like to know as I'm the old-fashioned type who tends to follow the law of the land. (I have also never fiddled an expenses' claim. Sad I know, but there you are).

  • Comment number 8.

    With all the concentration on benefits to the typical "family" demographic what will the Labour party do to those who live alone or choose not to have children who are less of a drain on society yet are taxed heaviest?

  • Comment number 9.

    What do you think of the Conservative’s plan for the Toddler top-up fees (the "Toddler Tax")?

  • Comment number 10.

    Mr Brown,

    During the past 13 years in power, Labour has not delivered on many of it's promises. Children are still in poverty, the diference between the 'haves' and the 'have nots' has expanded more rapidly than at any time in recent history and middle class parents are willing to pay vast sums of money to either purchase a property in the catchment area of one of the few remaining good state schools, or send their children to private schools.

    In addition, you have thrown large amount sums of money to different parts of the public sector, thus creating a bloated, inefficient civil service which is only interested in lining it's own pockets and has not delivered on any of the improvements which one might expect to see with substantial investment. I could go on and mention your disasterous decision to sell 40% of our gold reserves at an all time low which recks any argument to economic competence to which you may cling, but I won't.

    My question is, "You have failed to deliver in the past 12 years, why should we give you another 5 years."

  • Comment number 11.

    +I would ask if he thought it "fair" that public sector workers can retire on full pensions at 60 whilst the rest have to wait until 65/6? Is it "fair" that some people chose not to work - when they can do so - and expect to be funded by the taxpayer - continue breeding so obtaining more public money? Is it "fair" that pensioners are still expected to pay tax on their income when they have done so all their life? There could be a cut off point here surely? Is it "fair" that people feel intimidated when going out at night by unruly yobs - surely the towns and streets belong to everyone? is it "fair" that we are sending millions of aid overseas when there is a real need in this country? Doesn`t charity begin at home any more? Is it "fair" for all - not I think.

  • Comment number 12.

    How big a mistake do think it was for Labour to renege on its election manifesto commitment in 1997 to reform the electoral system?

  • Comment number 13.

    How fair do you think it was to allow legislation on student tuition fees for English students to be voted through only with the support of Scottish MPs?

  • Comment number 14.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 15.

    I would ask Mr Brown why he believes that he __deserves__ to have another term in goverment, What has he done to warrant the trust of the people for another 5 years and does he have any regrets since his term started in office.

  • Comment number 16.

    Do you agree that we are now seeing the final death throes of the two-party system in British politics?

  • Comment number 17.

    The Labour party has followed the continuing right-ward drift of European politics. Will we ever see socialism again as a powerful force in Britain?

  • Comment number 18.

    Having served the free markets so well over the last 13 years do you ever in the long nights ever think that may be it would have been better for all, even if it had meant a slower rise to power, if you had stood fast and true to the socialist principles of Old Labour which had been established by generations of ordinary folk, striving hard, thowing their last coppers into the party funds in the hope of establishing a new Jerusalem in Englands (& Scotland, Wales & Ireland) pleassant land instead of just another laissez faire mess?

  • Comment number 19.

    Prime Minister, we know what you are going to do for families with children - but what are you going to do for couples WITHOUT children and single people, living alone, who already bear the brunt of more taxation and who get very little in return?

  • Comment number 20.

    Prime Minister

    Could the rising value of our stakes in Lloyds and RBS be used to offset the proposed employees' increase in National Insurance planned for 2011?

  • Comment number 21.

    I would ask:
    How do you and your party have the nerve to criticise and scaremonger other parties economic cut and tax proposals? You are in charge of the economy, you have caused much of the economic problems, you deny the other parties access to the 'books', and won't even mention cuts and tax rises (which everyone knows has to happen) or your own proposals in the election run up. How can this be viewed as anything other than a party being totally evasive and trying to hang to power for powers sake?

  • Comment number 22.

    Do the openly homophobic, openly xenophobic and openly pro-NAZI allies of the Conservatives in Europe bring great shame upon British politics and upon Britain?

  • Comment number 23.

    What would you ask the Labour Party leader?

    "How much is the Social Security budget as a proportion of the National Debt?

  • Comment number 24.

    I would ask if he would mind injecting him with a truth serum?

    Unfortunately I don't think the serum will work since Gordon believes his own lies.

  • Comment number 25.

    Ask Mr Brown WHEN the British taxpayers can begin to see the banks repaying their massive loans?

  • Comment number 26.

    The root qustions I would ask any party leader are:-
    1) Why is it necessary to make slashing domestic spending cuts when the brit gov give billions of our tax money away to countries whom send rockets into space and are amongst the fastest growing economies in the world today?
    2) In this period of severe depression why are immigrants, both legal and illegal, invited into Britain to work?
    3) Why increase taxes when all the money can be recouperated from the above if instigated?

  • Comment number 27.

    Less than a month ago, the digital economy bill was rushed through parliament with less than two hours of debate, obviously so people didn't realise how awful this bill actually was. The scrutiny it would have received if it had not been rushed through would have brought up many of the issues that you obviously didn't want people to see.

    Then the majority of MP's who voted on this bill only turned up for the vote and didn't even listen to the debate! It is also worth saying how obvious it was that lobbying from the creative industries had a huge impact on this bill to get what they wanted, not forgetting peter mandelson appeared to get a nice holiday out of it, in terms of the dracoian laws that were present to deal with piracy.

    How can you honestly expect people to believe that you are serious about cleaning up politics. You claim you want to discuss the important issues and decisions being made about our countries future yet on one of the most important bills for creting jobs in our economy you do something as shady as passing a bill with no debate or scrutiny that is in a lot of parts representing the needs of not the people but lobbying groups.

    What promises can you make that this pratice will be stopped? That you will actually allow debate on all items being put through parliament, making sure people actually join in those debates and to stop the lobbying that shows you are not at all concerned with the interests of the ordinary people?

    Also, what promises can you make that the Digital Economy Bill will receive the actual scrutiny it deserves so a vote can be made by MP's when they are actually informed about what the bill contains?

  • Comment number 28.

    How can retaining nuclear arms be a 'deterrent' when India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea are allowed to operate outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and then nothing is being done about it?

    Secondly under what situation do you think it would be necessary to launch a nuclear attack?

    Thirdly, history has shown us that ill-intentioned governments can and do come into power. Since you can never be sure that this won't ever happen, do you think it is wise to provide future governments with such nuclear muscle?

  • Comment number 29.

    wind-blown wrote:
    "....David Miliband gave a very strong performance and a detailed account on Radio 4....He explained how Labour intends to cut the deficit in half, where savings would be made, eg in capital spending on transport infrastructure, and where money will be raised through tax. The facts have not been hidden by Labour from the public. Labour will conduct a spending review no later than September in the light of conditions then....
    I would also ask Brown why he and his team have not spent more time reminding people of the successes of the last 10 years."

    Except that no one, least of all the markets where the government has to raise money, believes Labour's deficit reduction plans are credible.
    Reducing the deficit by half, will still see the overall debt burden increasing at an unsustainable rate, due to the interest accruing on the debt. We will be on course for the classic credit card junkie's compound interest debt trap.
    But halving the deficit would still only be possible under Labour's plans, if the Treasury's growth forecasts are met. They are reckoned by all independent economic researchers as overly optimistic.
    As for the 'successes of the past 10 years' - done on borrowed money, which is the main reason why we are in the current mess (look at stats on govt borrowing before the credit crisis for the proof on this).
    See the turmoil in Greece for how bad it could get. Only the fact we are not in the Euro is saving us at the moment.

  • Comment number 30.

    Why did you sell our Gold reserves when you did?
    Your advisers were against it but you still sold it.

  • Comment number 31.

    4. At 09:15am on 28 Apr 2010, wind-blown wrote:I would also ask Brown why he and his team have not spent more time reminding people of the successes of the last 10 years.

    Let's summarize what ten years of success under Labour has achieved:

    a. Record national debt
    b. Two million plus unemployed
    c. Failure to regulate the banking sector
    d. An unsustainable ballooning public sector
    e. False WMD claims
    f. Two phoney wars
    g. A tax code so complex, few, even accountants fully understand it
    h. A benefit system with so many benefits, few genuine claimants even know what they are entitled to
    i. Elimination of 10% tax band affecting millions of poor people
    j. Gap between rich & poor as wide now as it was 40 years ago
    k. Referendum on Europe redacted despite manifesto promise
    l. Theft & fraud in parliament through abuse of expenses
    m. Over 4,500 laws passed to reinforce their nanny state dogma
    n. Health & Safety laws so draconian firefighters may not rescue someone because of a perceived risk & grass cutters unable to mow lawns because the blades are too sharp
    o. Failure to control our borders against terrorists & illegal migrants
    p. No idea where or how many terrorists or illegal migrants are even here
    q. Prevented parents from choosing their preferred school that best suits their child's needs
    n. The mothballed & bankrupt Millenium Dome

    etc etc

    I could go on but the country under this government is a national disgrace. Internationally we have more enemies now than we had before Labour came to power. The country is at more risk from terrorists now because of two phoney wars. Labour emarked on a flawed foreign policy strategy & created a more dangerous world for all of us.

    But if anyone can highlight genuine, nationwide benefits, we as a nation can be proud of, feel free to express them here. Just dont bleat on about what Conservatives or Lib/Dems would have done because they are all part of the same club. Stick to the facts, please.

  • Comment number 32.

    I would ask: -
    1) What have you done with the nations gold that would of underpinned
    the economy
    2) What have squandered our pensioon reserves on.
    3) What have you done with all the taxes that were supposed to go into
    environmental protection.
    4) What made you think that you had the right to be Prime Minister
    without and election.

  • Comment number 33.

    Wouldn't it be wonderfull if the MP's answered the questions put to them instead of doing a Fred Astaire "sidestep" on all the questions asked.
    Get real BBC and stop trying to prove the MP's are doing a job for us.

  • Comment number 34.

    The incompetence that is the mark of the present Labour government: failure to combat crime effectively, can't get their act together to deliver an efficient Health & Education service, failure to turn up in Court over Immigration hearings, failure to police fraudsters & Bankers, just to name but a few.

  • Comment number 35.

    I was interested in a news item regarding equality of pay and Birmingham Council. Not the only council having a problem. As I understand it cleaners will now be entitled to a rate of pay equivalent to £32,000 per annum, the same as refuse collectors. This constitutes real waste paying grossly over and above the market rate. Offer the job at Jobcentre and you would find university educated professionals applying for jobs. This is where Labour has wasted taxpayers money.

  • Comment number 36.

    Mr Brown,I am almost 78 years of age wife 73,What has your government done for our age group,ALSO what has being in the common market done for our age group.


  • Comment number 37.

    What's the point of qualifications? I have them. I'm unemployed.

  • Comment number 38.

    I'm glad you asked me that question, but I'd just like to say......

    It doesn't matter what we ask because the art of politics is to not answer the question but to simply put across the most positive aspects of your praty policy.

    However, in the fantasy world where politicians are forced to tell the truth I'd have a multitude of questions, ranging from Iraq, lies and troop equipment to the structural deficit, national debt and lies about how it will be tackled. We all know that there's pain coming. Why won't any leader be brave enough to stand up and say "It's going to hurt. Here's what I believe we have to do, though"? For me David Cameron has come closest, but even he shies away from telling it like it is.

    So, Gordon, what do you propose to cut, specifically, to service the debt and reduce the structural deficit, or do you intend digging the hole still deeper?

  • Comment number 39.

    Why don't you do us all a favour and resign.

  • Comment number 40.

    "Would you continue as Prime Minister if your party came third numerically in the vote, but still won the most seats?

    I'd suggest that you try it, because I believe that will be the catlyst for genuine electoral reform."
    - 1. At 09:08am on 28 Apr 2010, Osric

    "How big a mistake do think it was for Labour to renege on its election manifesto commitment in 1997 to reform the electoral system?"
    - 12. At 09:28am on 28 Apr 2010, RadialSymmetry

    Both of these comments are spot on.

    I'd ask him about his nasty authoritarian streak in general, inluding the evil national identity register, and their broken promise of an EU referendum.

    But the issue of electoral reform is an important one. Some voters are being overrepresented in parliament, and some are being underrepresented.

    I would ask him why Labour have been happy to abuse the system to their own advantage when it makes a mockery of democracy. They're only interested now because they think they're going to lose.

    And if they do lose, and especially if they come third, I hope he's planning on packing his bags. The public would be well within their rights to force him out.

    End this undemocratic system now!

  • Comment number 41.

    Can Mr Brown promise an end to stealth taxes and put revenue raising efforts he requires in a transparent manner such as in the income tax and VAT?

  • Comment number 42.

    i would ask him why he does not send the sas in to wipe out the dissident republicans ,the same way that he deals with the taliban.and protect the people here the same way he does in afghanistan!

  • Comment number 43.

    So Mr Brown, what happened to the 'end of boom and bust' ?

    and if he says "what I said was the end of Tory boom and bust"

    So Mr Brown, what are the advantages of New Labour boom and bust over Tory boom and bust ?

  • Comment number 44.

    When are you going to hold the big oil companies to account? They are regularly posting record profits and yet fuel prices keep on rising, with any excuse used to justify another hike. How can things possibly be as bad as they say they are if they can double their profits such as we have seen with BP in this last week? Hardly what you would call "fair" practice

  • Comment number 45.

    Neo-liberal economic policies have brought about the financial disasters that have hit the capitalist countries. Is it not time to take back into public ownership all the utility services, railways, five major banks and privatised services.
    To raise revenue, increase taxes on the very rich, impose windfall taxes on super profits of oil and supermarket companies. Impose an immediate freeze on the prices of essential foods. Close tax loopholes and close down tax havens. The speculators and greedy bankers brought about this crisis , make them pay for it. Not the poor and disadvantaged by cuts in public expenditure.

  • Comment number 46.

    Income £540 Billion , Expenditure £700 Billion.
    Interest payments £42 Billion, with the potential to double in the next few years.
    "social Protection" costing £192 Billion
    Are you completely happy about this?

  • Comment number 47.

    I am sick and tired of hearing such total unadulterated rubbish from all the partys.

    If you ask people who they think are ultimately responsible for this recession, then would I be right in saying that MOST people believe the banking/financial services system IS to blame.

    If you ask the German government, or the USA government, or the Chinese government, or the French government, or the Indian government or any African/Asian/South American government then they ALSO come up with just ONE answer- the banking/financial services system is and was to blame.

    Investigations into their malpractice is just basically starting in the USA with Goldman Sachs'. Goldman Sachs' is just the tip of a huge iceburg.
    The main international credit rating agencies are also seriously tied up in this, the very ones who are now seeking to undermine countrys like Greece and Portugal and possibly Spain and Italy as well as the UK because they can make MASSIVE MASSIVE wealth for the banks from forcing sky high interst rates upon these countrys. Dont EVER forget that it was the credit rating agencies who in conjunction with banks like Goldman Sachs' and others, played a HUGE and deceitful game by packaging up attrocious USA Sub Prime mortgage debt and classifying it as LOWER RISK.

    What they deviously did was basically no different to putting cat food in tins and selling it as caviar and it was only much later when some of these tins were opened that investors and other banks and pension funds, realised that what they had was pretty worthless.

    This basically resulted in the banking crash, banks and investors thought they had caviar but really they basically had loads of cat food which was past its use by date.

    Some of the top banks, such as Goldman Sachs' are either directly or indirectly tied into credit rating agencies and as we are now finding out with the USA Goldman Sachs' fraud investigation, new investment gambling games were actually invented which ultimately deceitfully circumvented realisation of the toxic intensity of of investment packages that were sold as LOW risk when in fact they SHOULD have been sold as HIGH RISK.

    This is all stuff that was brought out in the open in 2008, and is now only just begining to re-filter through.

    My overal point is this.

    Taxpayers the world over are being forced to pay the consequential damage of this banking/financial services malpractice and negligence. So far its cost the world economy around $3 TRILLION.

    It has added £hundreds of millions to UK government borrowing, which MOST has actually been borrowed to BAIL out the banks.

    These banks, aparently are doing not very well, but year end 2010 they paid out £40billion in bonuses.

    I personally would place a levy on the banks bonuses based upon the amount they paid in year end 2010 of at least £15 billion, and I would levy this amount on banks for at least the next 5 years.

    As at 2010 banking figures, this would STILL leave banks with a bonus pot of £25billion.

    Imagine what this levy would do. A small number of employees, those in the banking system, would lose just less than a 3rd of bonuses, BUT and this is a HUGE MASSIVE GINORMOUS BUT, the UK government would NOT have to decimate our public services, they would NOT have to put up taxation, because over 5 years of this levy, the total amount of £75 billion, would FAR FAR exceed the amount of money which Tory/Labour/Lib Dems are planning to legally steal from UK taxpayers.

    There is a REAL CHOICE available- MAKE the banks pay a £15billion levy for 5 years, taken SOLELY from their bonuses, NOT from their profits,


    smash up the UK with cuts and taxes, destroy familys communitys and businesses with cuts in all areas which effect everyone but especially the middle lower earners and seriously damage this nation for the next 10 to 20 years and turn it into a re-run of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

    At the moment the 3 main partys are talking about VERY minor taxes on the banks, mainly based upon profits or one off LOW & MINOR levys. The lib Dems want a 10% tax on banks profits

    10% tax on banks profits is PEANUTS and will result in receiving basically PEANUTS and can be easily avoided by colourful accounting practices.

    I think a £15billion a year levy on banks is morally right and 100% justified and is ACTUALLY still a cheap price for them to pay for the economic and social damage they have caused as a result of their malpractice and negligence.

    As such I think NONE of the 3 main leaders or their partys are fit for purpose because they also prefer to smash up British society and economy instead of gaining ADEQUATE and JUSTIFIED reparations and compensation from those who are DIRECTLY responsible for our current situation.

    IIt seems to me and is just my opinion that if you have a beard and are muslim and are perceived to "threaten" the UK, then we will send thousands of troops to confront you wherever you are, as long as you are pretty weak anyway, and bomb you and smash you to pieces and defeat you at great cost of life and resources on both sides,


    if you are a senior executive and wear a suit and work in a bank/financial sector and ACTUALLY inflict massive social and economic damage on the UK at a high human cost and also high monetry cost of hundreds of £billions then maybe as a punishment you may have to pay a bit more tax on your bonuses as punishment.

    Now, with all this in mind, how dare these politicians even pretend that they seek to look after UK national inerests and the rights and wellbeing of our 60 million people, because all the evidence from their suggested policys PURELY does not include any such justified or moral economic or social strategy with respect to making the BANKS pay for their behaviour.

    INSTEAD, this election is basically a contract of enslavement of the British people for UK citizens to pay full consequential economic and social costs for and on behalf of the banking/financial sectors malpractice, negligence and completely missing "care of duty"

    I would ask Gordon, WHY are you and the other partys enslaving the British public to pay for consequential damage caused by the banks.

  • Comment number 48.

    When those who oppose you say ridiculous things such as that you were personally responsible for the world recession, and that it wouldn't have happened if only they had been in power They pick on you continually. Why do you bother with politics? How do you manage to ignore the personal attacks and don't you feel like doing something else where the people are less childish and more appreciative. I would think there are many charities or organisations who would benifit greatly from your ability and life could be so much more pleasant for you and your family

  • Comment number 49.

    "Why are our heroes' still in Afaganistan? What are you doing about all the illegals that are in the U.K? What are you going to do about the unemployment of young people in the U.K.? Will you make a windfall tax, on all the oil companys excess profits, to pay for this program? Why do Nu-Labour only care for Big business and the Greedy bankers?

  • Comment number 50.


  • Comment number 51.

    Does Mr Brown regret the massive damage he did to our pensions by doing away with the tax relief on dividends that our pension funds were previously allowed?

  • Comment number 52.

    I would ask Mr Brown the following:

    There are parallels with the Brown administration and that of the last knockings of the Major years. The government is plainly tired, lacking their own ideas, and frequently pinching ideas from other parties and passing them off as their own.

    Neither Mr Brown or Mr Major were originally elected by the people.

    Questions for Mr Brown:

    1. Would Mr Brown agree that Prime Ministers should be elected only by the people not by their political party? Would he support Mr Cameron's suggestion to hold a general election if a PM steps down (in any circumstances other then a national emergency?).

    2. Why have Labour run a cynical election campaign based on frightening the voters into beleiving that jobs and services will be cut by the other parties only, and not Labour. Given the abysmal state of the public finances (thanks, Gordon) surely Labour must understand that there MUST be savings from the bloated public sector which Labour has created.

    3. How can any voter take a Labour election pledge seriously when Labour reneged on the pledge for a referendum on the Lisbon treaty and signed away large parts of our sovereignty behind closed doors?

    By all means ask the questions, but be prepared for Mr Brown to reply with a mixture of bluster, bogus statistics and a heartfelt but misguided belief that the country deserves another 5 years of unelected, wasteful, unfair government.

  • Comment number 53.

    Mr Brown, you claim that you have saved the UK from recession; Is that not the same as taking your foot off a drowning man's head and claiming you have saved his life ?

  • Comment number 54.

    When you leave, will you please turn off the lights in all government offices to help save money that can be put towards paying for your mistakes of the past 13 years?

  • Comment number 55.

    I would ask Mr Brown why it is not possible to give the public full details of all proposals in their manifesto, properly costed. The number of people employed by the Government should make this very simple. Or have we so many Civil Servants that they are too busy duplicating the work and getting it completely wrong.

    I would also ask Mr Brown why he does not answer questions properly and in detail. After all he is our Prime Minister and should hav all the answers.

  • Comment number 56.

    2. At 09:12am on 28 Apr 2010, Alasdair Campbell wrote:
    Sadly, I would not ask him anything because, if I did, he would not answer the question. In all the PMQs I have watched on TV, I have never ever known him to answer any question put to him. His standard response is to barrage the questioner with 'facts', some of which are not true. He is obscure with the truth so frequently that I think he actually believes he is telling his version of the truth when in fact he is lying. He and Mandelson are made for each other!

    I totally agree. Infact he would start by saying. "Look let me tell you what the Conservatives are doing" We are asking YOU not THEM. Why can't they just answer the question.

    Anyway, if I hoped that he would answer the question I would ask him. How are you (again not Tories or LibDems) YOU going to reduce the deficit and please do not treat the general public as children. Please say where you will make "CUTS".

    Then if I got chance to answer a 2nd question. It would be "Would you be PM if your party got most seats in hung parliament even if you came 3rd in the polls"

    Finally I would ask him and most importantly of all. "I would only vote Labour if and it is a big IF. If Tony Bliar was held to account for the mess he put us in before you came in therefore my question is. Will you be holding him to account for 1) Iraq, 2) For ID cards, nat database (BIG BROTHER) society Nanny state etc etc - more CCTV cameras than China (UK population 60M China 1.3 Billion 3) For the gulf in rich and poor 4) For messing up our education system where now the poor get left behind as they don't live near the right schools (due to houses).

    I could carry on but I am afraid I would only be allowed to ask one question anyway.

  • Comment number 57.

    Are you a traitor, who would have us ruled by foreigners ?

  • Comment number 58.

    What would you ask the Labour Party leader? Something like...

    "Good morning Mr Brown, I am an ordinary citizen of the UK. I am not a single parent. I am not from an ethnic minority. I am not unemployed. I was not abused as a child. I am not a member of a fanatical religious group. Have you ever heard of anyone like me before?"

  • Comment number 59.

    Do you feel guilty in lying to the public regarding the banking crisis, falling crime rates and will you feel sad when you lose the next election, having not yet got the uk into a dictatorship

  • Comment number 60.

    The Institute for fiscal studies has stated that a cut of 20% in public spending is required to get anywhere near reducing the deficit in public spending and tax receipts.

    Given all parties are "claiming" that core public spending will be "protected" and tax rises are not being discussed.

    Are all parties not guilty of misleading the public as ALL public services MUST be reduced otherwise the country will go into melt down as Greece has.

    I don't personally think anything will change, there is not even a recognition from ANY politician that public spending doesn't even earn the country a penny, private manufacturing jobs are needed. Not squandering tax payers money on public spending.

  • Comment number 61.

    Ken Clarke said yesterday that Labour were right to nationalise RBS and that the Conservatives were wrong to oppose the nationalisation of RBS. Does it satisfy you that Ken Clarke now supports Labour, and not the Conservatives, on this subject?

  • Comment number 62.

    44. At 10:22am on 28 Apr 2010, Cariassus wrote:
    When are you going to hold the big oil companies to account? They are regularly posting record profits and yet fuel prices keep on rising, with any excuse used to justify another hike. How can things possibly be as bad as they say they are if they can double their profits such as we have seen with BP in this last week? Hardly what you would call "fair" practice

    I would suggest that you ask why we pay so much tax on fuel, around 59p a litre is tax and then we pay VAT on top of that at 17.5%, do not blame the oil companies, they make a small profit in comparsion to the tax we pay to the government, they are also private companies and as such are allowed to make money, if they didnt they wouldnt be able to expand and invest creating jobs. The government can get away with this as they no there is no viable option, public transport is expensive, unreliable and overcrowded.

    This arguement of fairnesss that seems the trend to put to everything these days is extremely annoying. Lots of things are not fair but thats part of life, deal with it and carry on.

  • Comment number 63.

    I would ask

    "Why are we paying an Indian Company large sums of money to re-locate our steel industry and jobs to India?"

  • Comment number 64.

    #47 MrWonderfulReality

    I totally agree with you.

    But how do we get rid of a bunch of politicians and bankers who are so stone faced that they will kill 100's of thousands of people in Iraq, indebt the country with a trillion pounds of debt calling it prudence and are even now hood winking the public into believing that a "recovery" is even possible.

    20% cuts in public spending are needed,,, yet I think we will see a big hike in VAT on top of the national insurance rise.

    Unfortunately there are far too many with vested interests at all levels in society for things to ever change.

    I feel a civil war is needed - but who frankly is the enemy ?

  • Comment number 65.

    Why don't you listen?

  • Comment number 66.

    Dear PM, if a number of car users were to switch to using motorbikes instead, it would be better for the enviroment and congestion.
    Why then has your government introduced measures making the current motorbike test, expensive, time consuming, and in part dangerous?
    While motorbike do carry a risk to the rider, cars (particularly those driven by agressive, impatient men) present a much greater risk to all road users and pedestrians. I see no measure to curbs these lane switching lunatics, either pre or post driving test.

  • Comment number 67.

    4. At 09:15am on 28 Apr 2010, wind-blown wrote:

    I would ask Gordon Brown what he thinks of the IFS review and the way it has been misrepresented by the BBC. Can he spell out again, showing how the figures add up, where savings will be made. Here is why he should.
    Which is more independent the IFS or Boundary Commission? Are you going to raise VAT yes or no.

    I suspect these will be the answers:
    1. The IFS are politically motivated (as opposed to the government appointed Boundary Commission or Iraq inquiry etc1)
    2. We have said we are not going to extend VAT (Does that sound like we are not going to have to raise VAT).
    Sir Wind-Blown, which part of the IFS was politically motivated? The part were they said the Conservatives would have to make the greater cuts or the part were they said Labour would have to raise the most taxes? I suspect you mean the latter.

  • Comment number 68.

    #37 Richard Smart

    "What's the point of qualifications? I have them. I'm unemployed."

    I can answer that one for you as you won't get a straght answer from Mr Brown.

    Qualifications are a way of filtering the masses, keeping them under control by using them as an excuse for not putting people in positions of power and raising a tax.

    I find it amusing how people have all jumped on the band wagon of going to university, paying huge fees and getting into debt when the generation implementing those plans never paid a penny.

    I can't blame you for getting your education, well done, but please people of this country stop accepting this degenerate "society".

  • Comment number 69.

    48. At 10:25am on 28 Apr 2010, Lucy Clake wrote:
    A very polite way of saying you have messed up why don't you resign?

  • Comment number 70.

    I would like to ask Gordon Brown how he feels about being the second Labour Prime Minister (Tony Blair was the first) where the gap between rich and poor has dramatically widened in the UK? Would Labour's founding fathers not be turning in their graves?

  • Comment number 71.

    Given the spending commitments made in the Labour Manifesto and during the debates (spending commitments that other parties are criticised for not having) how do you intend to deal with the biggest problem Britain faces at the moment - the deficit? Whom and what will be taxed to pay it off?

    I studied in Glasgow, a city that has blindly voted almost unanimously Labour since the war, in all elections. Yet, after years of Labour government, there are still areas of the city where unemployment is at 50%, sometimes 60% and life expectancy is not far above some parts of the third world. This is something that is replicated in cities throughout Britain. When is Labour going to help these people - the forgotten working class, the underclass, ignored because their votes are guaranteed never to turn Tory?

  • Comment number 72.

    50. At 10:30am on 28 Apr 2010, jim wrote:
    Did you enjoy your dream?

  • Comment number 73.

    I would ask Mr Brown how he could justify spending over 40 billion pounds last year on quangos when we were in the worst recession for generations.
    Taxpayers expect their money to be spent on services that will make their lives better. Not spending and spending and spending on 'services' which do not benefit the nation and individuals.
    What has he got to show for that 40 billion pounds?

  • Comment number 74.

    In 1997 I had a very good final salary pension, savings with decent interest rates making them worthwhile In 2010 my pension is ruined by your polices my savings are making nothing because of the pathetic low interest rates I would like to ask where has it all gone wrong.

  • Comment number 75.

    There is plenty I should like to tell GB but I would ask only this. Do you have a guilty conscience and if not, why not?

  • Comment number 76.

    29. At 09:56am on 28 Apr 2010, zzgrark wrote:
    Mr Brown what is the hold you have over your blinkered supporters and more to the point what is the Hold that Mandelson has over you?

  • Comment number 77.

    I would ask Mr Brown how he feels about the following, since 1997

    1, Our National Debt is higher than it's ever been
    2, Our Schools are more worried about targets than they are teaching our children
    3, If our police forces focused the same attention on criminals as they do motorists, we would have 0 crime in the UK, how many people have been victims of crime at the hands of people that have a string of previous offences, and should have been in prison already?
    4, How many childrem have been let down by social services, and we are giving the same old story, we must learn from this etc etc.
    5, We have people that simply refuse to go out and work, as they are better off claiming benefits, with rent & council tax paid for by the tax payer, along with throwing in any course they would like to attend, free of charge of course, whilst a family man earning £30k a year has to pay for everything, and receives nothing in return.
    6, Immigration is out of control, with no control what so ever of our borders.
    7, Sending our troops off to fight wars without the proper equipment, despite being told many times that troops have not got the right equipment by people on the ground, and still this government refuses to accept this.
    8, Having the highest rate of tax for people that do actually bother to go out and work.

    I could go on for a lot longer, but I was wonder how Mr Brown feels about all this.

  • Comment number 78.

    22. At 09:48am on 28 Apr 2010, Mark - Hove wrote:
    Brown = Yes they do but what has that got to do with Conservative Policy or you for that matter, this is precisely why I didn't give you a referendum, all you people would do is pick holes.

  • Comment number 79.

    To go!

  • Comment number 80.

    11. At 09:26am on 28 Apr 2010, maureen wrote:
    Mr Brown - do you think it fair, to dispose of my job in the civil service but just shuffle me aside on full pay and still pick up bonuses after being supposedly made redundant! Thanks to your smoke and mirrors I can just sit here at home picking up my full wages for the next 5 years until I am 65. I will not have a thing said against you I think you are wonderful and deserve your 'Prudent' accolade!

  • Comment number 81.

    I'd ask Gordon Brown if he cares so much for our pensioners why he raided the pension funds of £5 billion when he was chancellor?
    Why he has allocated billions to fund immigrants but the ethnic people of the UK are seriously underfunded ie our pensions!!
    Note to moderator:- I'm not keen on this new format for "have your say" preferred the previous version where you could choose to agree with the comments posted, and you could pick out the comments that were agreed with most.

  • Comment number 82.

    Andy, I don't think Brown feels anything except his obsession that he and he alone is right, he is apparantly totally blind (excuse the reference to his sight)to the fact that since 1887 having inherited a sound economy he has dragged the country into the same state as Greece. What an achievement.

  • Comment number 83.

    Given the polls indicate that Labour will receive less votes than any other major party is it right Labour should have more seats in Parliament if the polls are correct? Surely this is not democratic?

    We have criticised other country's for other similar voting issues and called them undemocratic and/or corrupt. How are we any different?

  • Comment number 84.

    Why did you put so much faith in 'The ingenuity of the City?'

  • Comment number 85.

    Do you think you could get away with doing a Mugabe?

  • Comment number 86.

    I wouldn't ask him anything. I'd say some things to him but they wouldn't be questions.

  • Comment number 87.

    Prime Minister,
    I watched your Q&A session in Oldham earlier on-line. Why do you think it is that the very large Muslim community of Oldham failed to challenge yours, or Jack Straw's policies at all? Looking at your audience they simply failed to attend your session this morning. Don't you worry that this indicates that they do, indeed, have a sparate agenda?

  • Comment number 88.

    Two questions on migrant labour. Firstly why in the low skilled jobs are the British seemingly unwilling to compete with migrant labour? Secondly after so much investment in education why are we importing skilled workers and losing skilled jobs abroad?

  • Comment number 89.

    Mr Brown, does your party have any special plans to attempt to reverse or at least confront the issue of de-industrialisation that has afflicted certain parts of the UK, not least Stoke On Trent in the West Midlands? This City, and others like it, have seen their economy decimated and unemployment soaring, especially in the pottery manufacturing industry and ceramic production which is seeing increased competition from China. Linked to this is the question of trade policy. While the WTO encourages all countries to put down barriers to trade, do you think there is a conflict between pursuing a free trade policy and the potential negative effects it can have on local economies, which cannot compete with countries like China, where wages and therefore costs are much lower, which encourages other firms to import the pottery and ceramics from China, rather than make use of local products.

  • Comment number 90.

    I wont be listening to it, I don’t like politicians and I also can’t stand Jeremy Vine, why the BBC got shot of Sir Jimmy Young beats me, at least we had good high quality debates when he was on, Vine thinks he’s clever and funny, he is neither, the smug look on his face in the photo on this article says it all to me. All I can deduce from his appointment is that nepotism and alive and well and living at the head office of the BBC.

  • Comment number 91.

    As the price of re-election will you promise to pull back the State from meddling in our personal lives and provide efficient services that we choose instead of foisting your choice of social engineering on us. If you want to social engineer anyone then you could start with the unhappy benefit underclass that you have created. Also will you recant your belief that individuals and minorities can be sacrificed as a matter of convenience to the state if they get in the way of your social engineering policies. Finally will you also recant your belief that there is no right of anonymity or privacy for individuals and that it is not the States right to manage the entire population by knowing everything about every individual.

  • Comment number 92.

    How can the Prime Minister justify his unilateral decision in his first few weeks in office to axe the plans for a Super Casino in Manchester? Local authorities and other bodies spent months of time and over £1m of public money on plans and bids (more than the MP expenses furore) just to have the plan scrapped at the stroke of his pen.

  • Comment number 93.

    Why has he got a significant reputation for being rude and aggressive towards others?

  • Comment number 94.

    If you could go back in time what, during your term as PM and as chancellor to Mr. Blair, would you have done differently?

  • Comment number 95.

    I would like to ask him a couple of questions about returning to work, having been on incapacity benefits for a number of years.

    Firstly, why has one of Labours quango`s (A4E pathways), promised me "return to work" credit, but having payed out for everything necessary to start my own window cleaning business, & requesting this payment, I have been told that it is not guarenteed & can be tricky to obtain!

    Secondly, I have just discovered that I am not allowed to canvass for work in "no cold calling zones". These zones have apparently been set up to stop rogue traders & distraction burglaries, but stopping "everyone" seems to me to discriminate against legal traders, so all I can do now is drop leaflets which has a very poor rate of gaining customers (approx 1-2% of the amount of leaflets dropped).

    Bearing in mind that I have paid out on insurance, rented a garage, purchased tools & started a business account that needs funds, or charges will be made, should I gamble losing everything by going legit, or should I work & claim to recover my losses?

  • Comment number 96.

    82. At 11:18am on 28 Apr 2010, Lynn from Sussex wrote: apparantly totally blind to the fact that since 1887 having inherited a sound economy he has dragged the country into the same state as Greece.

    You appear to have the same difficulty with numbers as GB. Although I appreciate that you may feel like Labour have been in office for over a hundred years.

  • Comment number 97.

    Prime Minister, in 2003 the Bank of England warned about excessive bank lending based on increased property prices. They believed it was unsustainable. Others at the time ,including Vince Cable also warned about poor banking practices. Two years before the banking crisis struck the UK, American institutions were failing. You failed to act in good time to limit the impact in the UK and rein in the banks wreckless lending.However, you take credit for "saving the world". Why should you be trusted with the economy going forward.?

  • Comment number 98.

    Like many other contributors I have never witnessed Gordon Brown answer a question directly. He has turned evasion into an art form. But given the chance I would like to know his justification for creating such a massive public sector payroll. State intervention into our lives has ended up costing us dear yet still he persists with his Nanny state approach.
    I also wonder if he has ever changed his mind during a debate or argument because he comes across as a person who will ride roughshod over any criticism.
    Thirdly, and lastly I would like to know if he truly believes he deserves the trust of British people considering his many and varied incidents of mismanagement.

  • Comment number 99.

    How does your mantra of representing the working man reflect with your policies on:
    Displacing working people from their own traditional communities through the influx of immigrants and the impact on public services.
    Not giving the working man the right on Europe.
    Taxing the working man's pensions.
    Only looking at electoral reform now that it benefits the Labour party.
    Alienating working class people in their communities due to crime.
    The young drink binge culture.

  • Comment number 100.

    My question:

    Should I assume a 10% cut in every department's budget to achieve the £47bn reduction in annual deficit? If not which departments will be cut by more?

    Should I vote for someone who can't answer that question?


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