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Sunday, 8 March 2009

Brown's dreadful self-delusion

After a few pints, you're on the tube off to watch the rugby. One of your party accidentally digs a fellow passenger in the back with his elbow; when she turns round you smile winningly and mutter 'I'm terribly sorry' because you know the digger is in a sour mood. Later he may comment 'why should I apologise? It wasn't my fault - the train jerked', thereby denying the effect of the alcohol we'd all drunk and any personal culpability. Gordon Brown would have acted in exactly the same way as our digger, and Brown too would have dwelt on the outrage that anyone should have expected him to apologise.

The account in the 'Mail' this morning of Brown's extraordinary outburst on the flight to Washington - one point below a tantrum - and a rant at reporters that went:
You want me to go on television and apologise, but I am not going to do it. No, let’s sort this out now, let’s have it out now

What is it you think I should be apologising for? I have nothing to apologise for. You guys just don’t get it do you? You’re saying I got it wrong? But I didn’t. The same problems have happened all over the world and our regulations have been better than anyone else’s. Get in the real world. People are saying it is my fault and that I caused the recession. They are wrong. It is not my fault.

It did not start in Britain, it started in America. We have had low interest rates and low inflation. Every other recession in Britain has been created by high interest rates and high inflation. That has not happened under me. House prices were high because of a lack of supply. No, it was supply. If inflation is low, people are going to borrow money to buy houses. You can’t stop that. You don’t understand it.
The problem is, just about everyone in the country knows that Gordon is at fault; knows that he threw petrol on the flames by reckless government spending on the back of encouraging a housing bubble that promised to yield ever increasing tax takes, that he really believed he had abolished boom and bust. Everyone knows his purblind self-delusion dismissed the voices of caution a prudent minister should hear. Everyone knows he turned his blind eye to the City and what they were up to just as long as they propped up GDP growth and stoked his illusion of economic success.

The captain of the guard who cheerfully waved a massive wooden horse through the city gates without first checking whether it was full of Trojans may also have cried 'It wasn't my fault' just before his head fell from his shoulders. Captain Smith may have burbled 'It wasn't my fault' as Titanic dipped beneath the waves. Lord Chelmsford may have muttered 'It wasn't my fault' as the assegais ripped apart his command at Isandlwana. And Brown shouts petulantly 'It wasn't my fault' as the nation's economy crumbles to dust.

Post script
As Helen has just pointed out in the comments, I've made a schoolboy howler in the above. Perhaps I can claim my keyboard has been infected with a Greek virus?


Helen said...

Umm, the horse was full of Greeks, not Trojans...

Dennis said...

Helen, our host says "whether" it was full of Trojans. Obviously, if a party of Trojan OAPs had been returning from an awayday in that unconventional charabanc, everything would have been fine.

(As a nitpicker myself, I like picking nits with another nitpicker, however disingenuous I may be -- and however right the other nitpicker. Anyway, you're a fine one to talk, after what you did to Agamemnon. Had you never heard of Relate? It would certainly have spared us The Iliad. The Odyssey too, come to think of it.)

Yours, as deluded as Gordon,


Raedwald said...


You're perfectly correct of course.

I shall add a post script.

Savonarola said...

Brown's problem is that he is emotionally retarded. This condition is found in children and young adults who have a higher than average IQ. For the majority the problem recedes and disappears as they attain adulthood.

Brown sadly used his 'brains' to bully people and therefore never bothered with developing rapport and relationships with those around him.

Mac the Knife said...

And there's an 'h' in Isandhlwana... *ducks*

Alfred said...

According to recently found documents, the captain had it on good authority, from the TSA (Trojan Services Authority), that it was full of Trojans, so it wasn't his fault that Greeks were in it.

Budgie said...

The UK economy is in crisis. McBust has been in charge of it for 12 years. Even if there were faults left over from the Major and Thatcher governments, why didn't he correct them - he has had the time?

CPI and RPI are only snapshot and general indexes, not the full story of real world inflation. The house price boom WAS the inflation soaking up McBust's irresponsible expansion of the money supply. Is he blind? - low inflation indeed! House price inflation is part of general inflation - it is as much a burden as food price inflation. That was his direct fault.

When McBust made the BoE follow CPI (the 'Chinese' prices index) rather than RPI (which includes housing costs) he guaranteed that the BoE could have no control over subsequent house prices via mortgage rates. No wonder inflation went into housing. Especially as he had already decimated pensions, so that people openly said that their house was their pension. Again this was his direct fault.

Anonymous said...

Technically Chelmsford wasn't in command at Isandhlwana. No one was really, that was the problem.