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Gordon Browns own words come back to haunt him

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Over at political website Power to the People there has been analysis of some of the statements made by Gordon Brown in Labour Party Conference speeches or, as Chancellor in his budget address. Oh how, in the current climate, these words are coming back to haunt him.

Specifically, Gordon Brown, promised there would be no return to “Boom and Bust” and that he would not permit “instability, speculation or negative equity” in the property market whilst he was in charge of the UK economy. That notwithstanding, he has of course, also claimed credit for our economic growth, which I guess he can, but of course, his flawed, naive strategy allowed this to be achieved “on tick”. Surely, even a basic understanding of economics would have made clear, even to a “prudent” chancellor, that this boom would have to end (“bust”) and then, when the dust had settled, we would all be expected to repay our debts.

Gordon Brown may be prime minister now, but he cannot simply wipe away his 10 years as chancellor, during which he presided over a consumer boom financed on credit as well as a massive spending spree by the government, much of which was poorly invested. Today the Daily Mail suggested that there should be an end to Labour Party in fighting, to allow Gordon Brown to get on with the job of getting the UK economy back on track. Now here’s the thing, if Gordon Brown is so deluded, so removed from the real world that he cannot see where his policies have added to and fueled the current economic situation we are facing, how on earth can we trust him to do what is right for this country now? Maybe the tabloids are concerned that they, almost without exception, were also the very people that lauded Gordon Brown as a prudent and wise chancellor?


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  1. Thanks for referring to my post…

    UK Voter

    19 September, 2008 at 1:49 pm

  2. The press seem to have an increasingly left of centre agenda, little wonder that most, certainly the tabloids, support the New Labour initiative. Trouble is, these newspapers just know that they have massive power to influence both their readers and government policy, making theirs, one of the most powerful positions in the country.

    Man of Principle

    24 September, 2008 at 11:27 am

  3. In 20 years or so, our school children will study what went wrong with the New Labour programme, it will be interestting to see their assessment.

    Still Reporting

    9 October, 2008 at 7:08 am

  4. The one thing you can guarantee is that Mr Brown will never admit that he was or is at fault.

    Something to Say

    16 October, 2008 at 3:19 pm

  5. Brown is so desperate to not admit that anything he has done as chancellor and then as prime minister. This could either:-

    1) have been the cause of the credit crunch
    2) have been a failure to identify that a problem was developing
    3) have been a failure of decision making to prevent the financial meltdown from happening

    So what do we assume from his desperate attempts to avoid any of the Brown stuff sticking to him!

    Perhaps he is not willing to discuss this subject because he doesn’t want people to realise his responsibility for the financial mess that the UK is in!

    Brown is quick enough to demand that the Bankers lose their pensions because they left their banks in a mess.

    Perhaps Brown could show his leadership qualities by forgoing his pension because he has left the UK in a mess!


    4 March, 2009 at 10:02 pm

  6. @ Michael: I completely agree, but Brown lacs the humility required to admit any form of culpability. His position pre-supposes of course, that the rest of us don’t realise that he is the primary architect of our economic mess. I agree, it is a global crisis, but a failure to regulate, have foresight and political interference is why we are so badly placed to weather the storm…plus of course, an enormous public debt.

    British Politics

    5 March, 2009 at 8:53 am

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