Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Another extract from the Brandreth book

Brandreth talks about the Labour leadership after John Smith dies, and says Blair is way in front. "We want Beckett or Prescott of course. Brown might be best for them long-term; he's the one I find most approachable, most human and he seems blessed with a touch of socialist zeal. However they seem to be setting their hearts on the Young Conservative"

3 comments:

quietzapple said...

Pity Gyles didn't tell all the trolls who have badmouthed Brown since the record years of economic growth. . .

Bristol Dave said...

...the economic growth that had absolutely nothing to do with his frankly dire economic (mis)management whatsoever?

Funny how anyone who dares to critcise the government about anything is labelled a "troll". How very New Labour.

Bristol Dave said...

I've been thinking about this more and I can't work out for the life of me where on earth Brown got this supposed reputation for economic competence from.

Can someone of any political colour please explain to me? Is it just his dourness and complete lack of charisma giving rise to a reputation as a profound and wise chancellor? Because it's quite clear he was anything but.

The latest episode to this saga is the fact that gold has hit an all-time high of $1164 an ounce - even more galling then, to remember that Brown sold off over half our country's gold reserves at the lowest price it's ever been, at an average of $275 an ounce, at a time now known within the markets as the "Brown bottom". Not only did he do this during "record years of economic growth" (to quote quietzapple) when there really shouldn't have been any need to, but even more staggeringly, he announced the sale in advance, artificially depressing the price. These aren't the actions of a good chancellor, they are the actions, frankly, of an economic moron. What on earth was going through his head when he decided to do these things? Never has a reputation been so undeserved.