I wrote a few
weeks ago about how Gordon Brown was consolidating
his hold on Government. How the whole of Government will be centred around the
Treasury and the non ministerial executive agency the HMRC, which now has the
most far reaching draconian powers ever seen in British history.
Gordon has now revealed
how he will take that further. Upon taking over in No.10, he will abolish the
Department of Trade & Industry and transfer responsibilities for companies
to a beefed-up Treasury.
The lesser trade
functions of the DTI will be moved to the Foreign Office while its energy
responsibilities will be transferred to the Dept for the Environment, Food and
policy issues covering financial reporting, corporate governance, company law,
competitiveness and what's left of industrial sponsorship, currently looked
after by the DTI, will move across to the Treasury.
His plans are now
being openly discussed by ministers. Whether Alistair Darling, current Trade
Secretary, gets to join his civil servants at the Treasury – he is a favourite
to be Brown's first Chancellor – is another story.
The net tightens,
the power is being consolidated, real power. And when Tony Blair abolishes the
Privy Council as reported yesterday,
breaking the link between Queen and State, then Gordon will become The Dictator.
UPDATED 13/3/07 – Well, Tony Blair did it!!. Reported by the Daily Mail
On Wednesday, practically in secret, the Prime Minister abolished the
Privy Council office. The move was scarcely reported – and not even
announced in the Commons.