"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."

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Prat Of The Week

Ken Livingstone, ex-Mayor of London:  "Britain's financial sector is so big compared to the size of population that it is dragging us down."

He's said this twice today on LBC Radio but, try as he might, he's not managed to get any of his 'experts' to agree with him.

Here's a link to Brown's 2006 Mansion House speech, when he was Chancellor of the Exchequer:
"...Mr Lord Mayor, we will not forget that the first and foremost duty of government – as the governor has reminded us – is to maintain and indeed to strengthen the monetary and fiscal stability that has enabled us, successively, to grow and remain free of recession over the last decade, even when facing the Asia crisis, the American downturn and now the rapidly rising oil and commodity prices of the last 3 years.

I can assure you that through the vigilance of the Bank and our determination to ensure future public sector pay settlements are founded on our 2 per cent inflation target, we will maintain our anti-inflation discipline.

And even at a time of global uncertainty, government debt in Britain is lower than France, Germany, Italy, America and Japan and growth in Britain is strengthening - growth expected to be stronger this year than last, and stronger next year than this..."
Same old same old Gordon Brown, cheque-bouncer and party-crasher.

Livingstone read out an email which he described as 'nasty' because the author opposed his views and said Livingstone was wrong - it seemed quite reasonable to me: the man worked hard and didn't like to see his increasing taxes going to support crass govt schemes.  According to Livingstone he'd received "a surprising number of texts and emails supporting the bankers" - unfortunately, he said, they were too long to read out which was my cue to hit the power-off button.

I'm looking forward to the historic 3-Leaders Debate on Sky, ITV and BBC if only to hear Alastair Campbell's script-writing team and to have a good laugh. It promises to be more political than HIGNFY.


  1. Phew!

    When I see that headline over at Ranty Barracks I rush over and I am always relieved to see it isn't me....:)

    He isn't a prat though. He's a cunt.


  2. You're too quick for me CR... It's hardly likely to be you - I'm still trawling through your archives trying to understand how to do it - I'll probably end up in jail for just saying 'No, no further' but without the defence (send me a cake):-)

    Livingstone is the worst sign-up LBC ever did. It's not just his voice, it's his waffling politics too.

  3. Just let me know if I can help.

    We can do a deal on the cake. If they nail me first, YOU send a cake, and if they get you, I'll take some cooking lessons!


  4. You can't beat a Victoria Sponge with a jam & cream filling - I suggest Delia with a touch of Kray.

  5. Mrs Egg's Christmas 'cake' would break down any wall ...

  6. Thanks Edgar, put her on standby - there's a million cakes needed.

  7. "And even at a time of global uncertainty, government debt in Britain is lower than France, Germany, Italy, America and Japan and growth in Britain is strengthening "

    Ha Ha Ha.

  8. Exactly, Banned. If it weren't for the fact that it's all archived on the internet I'm sure Brown would deny what he's said in the past till he's blue in the face.


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