Sage advice. But it seems Gordon Brown isn't listening:
There's a piece of fashionable political nonsense you should be vaccinated against before the virus hits us: a whole vocabulary of ministerial happy thoughts to which you'd best learn to block your ears.The coming nonsense is that when this recession is over, countries such as Britain should seek and find our salvation in (in what will become a buzz phrase of 2009-10) a “new economic model”. ... as our prosperity sinks, the politicians' rhetoric will go skyward. “New challenges”, “a new vision”, “post-millennial economy”, “thinking outside the box”... how wearisome this inspirational PowerPoint pap becomes.
As some want, we could close our markets – for capital, financial services, trade and for labour – and therefore reduce the risks from globalisation. But that would reduce global growth, deny us the benefits of global trade and confine millions to global poverty. Or we could view the threats and challenges we face today as the difficult birth-pangs of a new global order.Oooh! 'the difficult birth pangs of a new global order', eh?
And it's now becoming clear. Faced with the obloquy of history, with his reputation in tatters, exposed as a third-rate intellect, an emotional cripple and a deluded narcissist, Brown is seeking to cast himself in the role of midwife at the birth of a 'new global order'.
Gordon, this is about as convincing as Josef Mengele describing himself as a paediatrician. You're no midwife; you're a backstreet abortionist. You've drenched the nation in gin and bitter herbs and taken a knitting needle to the foetus. As far as Britain's recession goes, much of it was of your making.
I don't think even Parris could have foreseen the breathtaking audacity of this latest specious excuse from this dead PM walking.