Brown's speech a babble of jejune nostrums
The more Gordon Brown speaks in public, the more I am convinced that his reputed intellect is a hollow pot. His speech to the City was embarrassingly poor.
Take his proposals for a global ban on the sale of small arms. Does he honestly believe that depriving the African tribes of AK47s will cause them to take up reading Sidney Webb and form bead-making co-operatives? Has he considered the reality that they'll just go back to slaughtering each other with rusty spears and pangas instead?
And his proposals for the UN Security Council, that nations such as Japan, India, Brazil, Germany and 'an African country' should have a seat at the top table. Perhaps the Boy Milliband is unaware that the United Nations was the term given to the military alliance that fought the Axis, that those at the top table are the nations with serious nuclear capability. Pakistan would never agree to India having a seat, and given the propensity of all African nations for massive corruption, how would one be selected for this bonanza, this rich prize - the potential for receiving bribes on a global scale by the lucky winner is immense, and competition would be fierce for the Security Council veto to be sold to the highest bidder.
The rest is a jejune mish-mash of nostrums, platitudes and bromides that would earn any keen young socialist sixth former a B+, but from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom is an appalling public admission of a rudderless and purblind foreign policy.