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Is Alistair Darling's position as Chancellor of the Exchequer under pressure?

The news Alistair Darling has pulled out of the World Economic Forum today have set rumours flying around Parliament that his position is under serious pressure and is possibly untenable. Behind the scenes it is common knowledge that Darling has had a number of serious disagreements with Gordon Brown as the UK government battle to contain the fire which is sweeping through the UK economy. It is these serious differences of opinion which appear to be making Alistair Darling's position untenable within the current UK Goodman.

It was widely rumoured that Alistair Darling was about to lose his position in the UK Treasury at the last reshuffle although apparently Gordon Brown decided against this in order to retain some continuity in these difficult times. There have also been threats from Alistair Darling to leave the government although this would seriously weaken Gordon Brown's position in the political arena and on the worldwide stage.

Many people have for some time seen Alistair Darling as Gordon Brown's "puppet" but of late he appears to have taken on a new role and refused to go along with many of Gordon Brown's ideas and suggestions. Often pushed forward to answer the more difficult questions and address the more difficult situations, Alistair Darling has often been left in the lurch when Gordon Brown is announcing new economic packages and rescue deals. Is this the way to treat the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

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