Saturday, May 12, 2007

The Last Ten Years? It Was Nothing To Do With Me

Listening to Gorgon's speech last night while driving home I was struck by two things. First off, why if everything has been so good under New Labour is he about to change the way he runs the country.

- He promised a new constitution that would "protect the Union"
- One of his first pledges before parliament would be to conduct a widespread public consultation on future policy
- I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place.
- Public services exist "for the pupil, the parent, the patient and the public who are to be served
- To distance the NHS from politics by appointing an independent board to run it,


I've just re-read this and been struck again by the fact that GB is yet again talking about consultation, discussion and consensus. This is why he'll not be a leader. He hasn't got what it takes to do the job. Of course it's vital to do all those things, but don't bang on about them, it's a part of the job. This trying to pretend that we're all working together on turning Britain Brown is pure pretence.

Second, if so many things were wrong before did he not have anything to do with it?

- he signalled a move away from the "cult of celebrity" and sleaze allegations that had tarnished Mr Blair's years in office
- his premiership would be guided by a "moral compass" instilled in him by his father, a Scots minister of religion, and his mother.

If that isn't criticism of the Blair 'celebrity' type premiership, as Brown called it, I don't know what is.

On a separate note the Gordon Brown for Britain web site features this picture of our smiling leader in waiting with a bunch of smiling kids. Is it not the case that the parents of children have to sign a consent form if their kids faces are going to be used in advertising? I wonder if it was obtained?


Tom Paine said...

My mother-in-law volunteered to help children with their reading at the local school her granddaughter attends. She has lived in the neighbourhood all her life and has known the headmaster since he was a boy, but she couldn't be allowed on school premises without first being vetted. She gave up on her kind impulse when she saw the pile of forms she had to fill in (and when she took offence at the presumption that she was intent on harming the children she wanted to help). Was the Chancellor vetted before being allowed among these innocents, or is it one law for them and another for us peasants?

On the other hand, looking at the crudely Photoshopped picture (note how the little girl's head disappears into his jacket), was he even there at all?

Richard Havers said...

I've heard similar stories Tom, it's all very sad.

Great spot on the photoshop job.

And he wants us to trust him?

r morris said...

Not only is it a very poorly done cut-and-paste job, but it makes the guy look like Howdy Doody.