Robert Halfon, Harlow Prospective MP, and Alan Pond, President of Harlow's Conservative Association, argue that Brown's handling of the oil industry should rank amongst his more high profile failures.
As Prime Minister can Mr Brown claim complete satisfaction with his past decision making? Will he be capable of accommodating decisions affecting both domestic and international affairs, reconciling current black holes with long-term planning?
Consider the oil industry’s presence in the North Sea. It is truly an international business where long-term decisions are made daily. Forty years ago, the Oil Majors commenced a programme of crude oil exploration and production in the very hostile conditions of the North Sea. £300 billion has since been invested providing £200 billion of tax revenue to the Treasury.