(652) NEW PRIME MINISTER NOT A SCOTS LAWYER
Gordon Brown, MP for Dunfermline East and son of the Kirkcaldy manse as well as an Edinburgh University alumnus, became Prime Minister at last on 27 June 2007. Extensive Scots Law News research revealed that Mr Brown is not, never has been, and has no intention of ever becoming a Scots lawyer, a fact of which he seems curiously unashamed. However his new Cabinet suggested at least latent awareness of a possible weakness in its appointment of no fewer than three Ministers who are indeed Scots lawyers, viz Alastair Darling (Chancellor of the Exchequer), Des Browne (Defence and, if he ever has a spare moment, Secretary of State for Scotland) and Douglas Alexander (Development). Mr Brown is also showing an enthusiasm for constitutional reform, including a call for debate on whether the UK should have a Bill of Rights or a written constitution. On that one, he might have to hurry up a bit if the SNP Government north of the border makes any sort of fist of its position over the next year or two. There is also talk about extending the powers of Parliament in various areas, including the appointment of judges. Given the relative imminence of a Supreme Court, that might be a particularly interesting one to try.