Barack Obama will be a one-term president if he doesn’t ditch his statism

To make comparisons between Barack Obama and Gordon Brown might seem unfair. After all, Obama actually won his leadership position. He’s also eloquent, a snappy dresser and comes across as rounded. But he has one fatal flaw – and it’s the same as Gordon Brown’s.

Mr Obama believes that society is a chessboard, and that the keys to the Oval Office give him the power to move the pawns on the board. But both in Britain and America, the characters on the board object to being treated like pawns in politicians’ games. They will only tolerate so much meddling from above.

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