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Bob Taylor (Letters, 5 August) writes: “The tragedy for Gordon Brown was that he could never accept that his key role in all this was as a No 2 – an 
effective chancellor”.

And the tragedy for the UK was that, despite the Thatcher/Major years giving him, a history graduate, the best legacy of any incoming administration since the war, and despite an apparently booming global economy, he was not in fact even an effective chancellor –as events then and since have proved beyond doubt.

John Birkett

St Andrews