He is the most bloodthirsty or amateurish strategist in history . . . For over five years this man has been chasing around Europe like a madman in search of something that he could set on fire. . . As a soldier he is a bad politician and as a politician is an equally bad soldier. . . The gift Mr. Churchill possesses is the gift to lie with a pious expression on his face and to distort the truth.He gave to psychologists everywhere the gift of a superb example of the phenomenon of ascribing to others those things that applied in reality to himself.
I was reminded of this today in reports of Brown's speech to the UN in which he accused the banks of reckless and careless behaviour; he went on to say
This has been an era of global prosperity. It has been an era also of global turbulence and where there has been irresponsibility we must now say clearly that the age of irresponsibility must be endedAh yes. Recklessness, carelessness and irresponsibility. I couldn't have chosen three more appropriate words for Brown's approach to the nation's economy over the past eleven years.