Editorial Comment: Brown is no market leader

There are almost as many opinions on Blair’s contribution to social care as there are commentators. But determining what Gordon Brown’s tenure at Number 10 will bring is a good deal harder.

His lukewarm attitude to foundation hospitals and his scepticism about consumer choice in the public sector suggest he will be less gung-ho about some of the market-based reform.

For example, despite the government’s apparent decision to forge ahead with pilot schemes for independent social care practices, a Brown premiership will hardly increase the odds of its national implementation.

Instead we may hear more of equality and less of choice, but reconciling this with the new hard line on public spending will be Brown’s toughest challenge yet.

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