In his recent opinion, in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Browne is not just proving to be an articulate and capable minister, but a potential future leader. Dare I even say, Prime Ministerial.
Like Danny Alexander, Jeremy operates in one of the most influential and prestiges offices in the country; this enables him to experience the full potential and limitations of government. Foreign affairs are among one of the weakest areas of policy for the Liberal Democrats, and something I’ve been rather critical on. In recent months Browne has become a euro-realist, understanding-from first hand experiences-the inability and somewhat inept behaviour of the European Union. He is certainly not afraid to highlight the party’s vulnerability and blind loyalty on the subject of Europe.
Unlike majority of his colleagues, the Foreign Office provides Jeremy with a wider reaching brief – foreign affairs covers many areas; trade, the economy, military, business, culture, terrorism and security.
If Jeremy Browne was to throw his hat in for the leadership, after Clegg, it is very difficult for any candidate to match his potential experience. Tim Farron may have grassroot support, but would lack any governmental experience. Truth be told, Danny Alexander is probably his only rival, along with Sarah Teather.
But, we should applaud this man more; he is probably one of the most underrated government ministers who deserves a Cabinet position. And I meant what I said, Jeremy Browne is the closet Liberal Democrat at looking Prime Ministerial.