Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Time to prepare a criminal case against Brown

Gordon Brown has never had a democratic mandate from the British people. He remains in office on sufferance, for as long as the will of the electorate will stretch. That remit is ended. An unassailable majority of electors no longer regard his holding of Prime Ministerial office as legitimate, yet he refuses us a general election. He is, in effect, a squatter in Downing Street.

Every day he remains in power, our economy and nation suffer. The absurd VAT reduction. The lunatic borrowing and spending. The utter mismanagement of the nation's assets. For as long as he refuses an election, the continuation of such policies in the face of public opposition by a minister lacking democratic legitimacy constitutes in the broadest sense malfeasance in public office.

There is no doubt that Brown will go down in history as the UK's worst ever Prime Minister. The obloquy of history will follow him to the grave. It will not be enough merely to deny him the peerage usual for ex-PMs; I believe he should answer for the damage he has caused in the dock.

Prying Brown's fingers from the door jamb of Number Ten will require some shrewd blows. Let him also be aware that the British people will pursue him into the courts, and that every day this illegitimate unsanctioned vote-dodging squatter clings unreasonably to power will make his offence the worse.

8 comments:

Nick Drew said...

we (in the UK) are truly reluctant to identify criminality in our 'leaders', aren't we ? For every Archer and Aitken there are legions of ... well, libel laws still apply in the 'sphere, but let's just say bankers and politicians, whose prima facie cases seem unanswerable.

They see things differently in the USA: I often cite the case of Enron's Jeff Skilling (a personal acquaintance) who got 24 years, and a $45 million fine, for making misleading statements about the financial state of his company.

Different jurisdiction, OK; but there are plenty of criminal offences in this country's statutes relating to misleading investors. Is anyone seriously suggesting that nothing of the kind happened at RBS, to take a single example ?

Middle-class businessmen seriously don't enjoy the prospect of time in the slammer. (I'm not so sure about some politicians ...)

Bang 'em up! - it's the only language they understand

Anonymous said...

I have my pitch fork ready... just tell me where to gather.

Anonymous said...

Gordon Brown has never had a democratic mandate from the British people. He remains in office on sufferance, for as long as the will of the electorate will stretch. That remit is ended. An unassailable majority of electors no longer regard his holding of Prime Ministerial office as legitimate, yet he refuses us a general election. He is, in effect, a squatter in Downing Street.

Perhaps you could explain why this logic never applied when the Tories changed their leaders on many occasions in the past. The manner in which the Tories deposed of their leaders in the past wasn't particularly stench free - how long did Macmillan live after his terminal illness? And the Tories were so popular with the public when Thatcher was deposed?
Funny how Tories nostrils only seem to work in certain circumstances.

As for criminal activity - perhaps you might wish to suggest what criminal law has been broken before making what appears to be a libellous accusation.

Henry Crun said...

Anon: Because the last time the Tories changed their leader, there was a vote within the Parliementary Conservative Party and not a coronation as turned out to be the case with Gordoom.

Raedwald said...

Anon - "in the broadest sense malfeasance in public office". I'm not accusing Brown of a specific offence. It's like calling MPs thieves without accusing them of a breach of s.1 of the Theft Act.

If Brown thinks I've libelled him by terming him guilty of malfeasance, let him commence an action. An email from his solicitors to raedwalda@gmail.com is all it takes for me to reveal to them my name and address for the service of documents.

Anonymous said...

So you want to prepare a criminal case without accusing him of a specific offence. This is perhaps why although you have libelled Brown he would believe that your libel in effect has no substance whatsoever.

Mr Crun - maybe last time - but what about the Douglas-Home, MacMillan, Eden and indeed Churchill who all took over without such votes. Brown was elected unopposed - because none of his rivals could get the minimum number of MPs to support their candidacy (I think you will find that the Labour Party threshold is lower than that required for the Tories)

Raedwald said...

Anon - I'm not the DPP. I'd be happy to allow those charged with such duties to decide the most appropriate charges to bring.

Brown's 'scorched earth' destruction of the British economy will become wholly apparent when the next government gets sight of the books. And as pointed out above, bankers are not immune (at least in the US) from legal action for malfeasance, so why should Brown be?

Fausty said...

Yes, Brown has done criminal damage to this country, some of it on purpose - like denying us a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

He surely knows that the next PM will prosecute those who broke the law - such as fiddling expenses.

There several reasons why this freak is clinging onto power:

* he's despotic and power-hungry
* he wants to ensure that the Lisbon Treaty is ratified
* he wants to ensure that he gets onto the EU gravy train or to gain a seat in the Lords
* he wants his golden parachute and generous pension
* the Labour party doesn't have enough money to fight the general election and he's hoping that the PLP will attract funding between now and May 2010