"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 31 July 2009

Brown: The Bigger Fool

They say if you repeat a lie enough, people will start to believe it. Gordon Brown is banking on people believing that he won't cut public spending. I don't think anyone will fall for his spin.


  1. I think it is Josef Stalin who is usually credited with the statement 'If you repeat a lie enough, people will start to believe it' and the bigger the lie, the more readily the people will believe it.

    Of course, that could be a lie: told by someone wanting to make Uncle Joe look bad.

    Things get very messy when you no longer know who is telling you the truth, if anyone.

    One way to erode the huge national debt is to pump money into the economy, thus driving inflation, thus reducing the value of the national debt (as well as folks' hard-earned savings and pensions). Would you put a strategy like that past el gordo?

  2. I think 'el Gordo' got there before us Edgar. Wasn't it Goebbels who said the bigger the lie etc? It's advice taken by all aspiring dictators these days - from Brown/Mandelson to the EU - and just wait for Obama to get the hang of things in America - we'll have global consensus at last!

  3. It could have been Goebbels, although some sources have Hitler. That's really the point: once it gets attributed to someone, the attribution very often sticks. People simply don't have time to check everything out, which is why lies work.

  4. Far too many fall for his lies up here I know. If they didn't then we just may have a decent balance in my country. England has to sort itself out and perhaps needs a nationalist party with similar strength or stronger than the SNP.

  5. The voters in Glasgow Nth-East still seem to be falling for the old Labour line SR - I would have liked the SNP to have had a better showing in the latest poll of voting intentions up there. (Lab 35% & SNP 28% in latest YouGov - though it was a very small sample of only 225 people).

    England is decades behind Scotland in terms of having a nationalist party - that's where the BNP comes in but since it's a unionist party it doesn't appeal as strongly to Scots & Welsh Nats. The Campaign for an English Parliament needs a much strong push for more media coverage and needs a spokesman who is more of an agitator and less of a PR man.


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