"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, 11 September 2009

Whiney Boy

When I first read Iain Dale's Diary, three years or so ago he was incisive, offered political insight and was on my list of 'must-reads' together with Guido, Con Home, Bill Quango, Cranmer etc, but these days he must be angling for something because he's gone soft.
"I have several friends who suffer from depression from time to time. Life is often lived on the edge. They just don't know when the black dog is going to strike. If our Prime Minister is indeed suffering in this way he deserves our compassion, not insults."
The difference, Iain, is that your friends are not the Prime Minister of this country. The actions of the man are not 'usual' by any stretch of the imagination.  For the past twelve and a half years he has steered this country as Chancellor of the Exchequer and now as PM.  If he is suffering from any form of depression or mental illness then those who support him are equally culpable.  You can't make excuses or claim mitigation.  I want to know - and, be assured, if it's true, I want retribution.  He'll get no compassion from me, nor will his co-conspirators.


  1. As Elvis says: Amen to that!

    Brown deserves no sympathy and, in fact, I want his resignation and suicide asap.

  2. amen ..difficult day today my friend..

  3. Thank goodness, the voice of reason. If you have psychological problems, you should not be running a country, you should be getting help!!!!

  4. I would agree with a caveat.

    Churchill suffered depression, but he managed without mind-bending drugs and he was competent. Since Brown is not even vaguely competent his mental state becomes an issue, and the judgement of his supporters must be called into question, as I suppose must his own.

    Depression can make a person want to just hide away, not answer anyone else, not listen to anyone else and concentrate on one idea that seems to lead to achievable aims. Gordon has shown signs of all of this, along with rages that might be linked, especially if the depression has caused OCD. Thus his mental condition is a valid topic of criticism.


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