Thursday, July 09, 2009

Quote of the Day

"What's the first thing you do when you get into government?
Don't appoint someone like Gordon Brown as chancellor.
Derek Scott, 9/7/09
Chief Economic Adviser to Tony Blair 1997-2003


Grenville said...

Oh come on! Tell us more. Context?

Tachybaptus said...

If he'd said that in May 1997, I'd have been really, really impressed -- then and now. But sadly, he didn't. Hindsight has 20/20 vision. (Well, except for socialists, of course.)

Anonymous said...

But GB was owed the Chancellorship by Blair it was over "The Deal" at the swanky restaurant wasn't it(for not running against Blair)? Turns out he was right (selling gold reserves, what the hell was that for? Lax banking regulations, etc)!

Jonathan Cook said...

Grenville / Anonymous

I just read Gordon Brown's biography by Tom Bower. I suggest you read it too.

Even if only 10% of this book is correct, you won't believe what a destructive force Gordon has been in government.

Gordon has been at war with the rest of the Labour party for the top job. Apparently there was no Granita deal, this was cooked up to put pressure on Blair.

In Government Gordon put his ambition first and rejected sensible policies put forwards by colleagues who he disliked or whom had a slim chance of leading the party.

As Chancellor he could block almost anything he wanted.

As I say - if only part of the book is true - then Gordon is clearly a deranged lunatic.

Jimmy said...

Far too modest Iain. Quote of the day has to be "he wasn't even editor of the paper when some of this happened". An instant classic.

Damon From Birmingham said...

Shame he didn't give that advice to his wife / girlfriend (?) Gisela Stuart before she nominated Brown for party leader.

Anonymous said...

McLabour, treating England with contempt, McLabour hate England more than any foreign terrorist.