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hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 21:03
Subject: in which gordon brown talks bollocks
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A few days ago Gordon Brown did quite a chunky interview with the BBC's political editor, the mighty Nick Robinson. Robinson asked him how he felt about the thousands of families who, through no fault of their own, have suddenly found themselves facing financial hardship due to the current banking crisis.
Blair, for all his faults, would have dealt with a question like this faultlessly. He would have emoted about feeling their pain. He would have wrung his hands a bit. Then he would have told us that, y'know, times are hard but his team were working to make things better and if we all pulled together we might get through all this.
The first words out of Gordon's mouth were, "Well, I'm always vigilent..." and that we were in a much better position to weather the storm than other nations and it's containable anyway. Not what Robinson asked.
Gordon's reply did not go unremarked. And the remarks have not gone unremarked, because today he came out with a completely unreal stream of nonsense, no doubt at the behest of his media handlers.
He says he wakes up in the morning thinking what he can do to help homeowners and small businessmen and so forth. Yeah, right, Gordon. And I wake up in the morning full of the joys of Spring and suffused with boundless optimism about the day.
He also says the economy is his "sole focus," which is mildly alarming considering he has other stuff to do as well now he's Prime Minister.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-15 22:37 (UTC)
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Keyword:morgan brighteyes

The first words out of Gordon's mouth were, "Well, I'm always vigilent..."

Couldn't even get the pronunciation right . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 22:54 (UTC)
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His pronunciation does go all awry at times of stress, such as PMQs, or when he's interviewed. Simon Hoggart thinks he starts talking in shorthand.
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-15 23:00 (UTC)
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Yep. I'd have pronounced it "vigilant" . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 23:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've listened closely, and I would swear he pronounces it `vigilent.' Or maybe I'm just tired.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-04-15 22:43 (UTC)
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Keyword:Arthur
How's Europe in Autumn coming along? Pestering Hutch is such fun!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 22:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Pestering hutch is always fun. For everyone except hutch. Which is part of the fun.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-04-15 22:54 (UTC)
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Keyword:Arthur
Ah yes, the trials of life. You didn't answer my question. :)
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RealThog: Jim's bear pic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-04-15 23:03 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Jim's bear pic

Clearly one of the central character is this showbiz star Gordon, of the act Gordon Brown and His Talking Bollocks. Can't wait to read the rest!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 23:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
If you wrote Gordon, nobody would believe you.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 23:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Poznan stuff is almost finished. Tomorrow night should see it done, then it's the Estonian stuff (which I'll need to do some research on) and that ties up Part One. I think I'm on-line to top out around 100K on the first draft, but I could be out by as much as fifty thousand words, and of course it'll get longer once I start to fiddle with it.
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pds_lit: Arthur
User: pds_lit
Date: 2008-04-15 23:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Arthur
Good!
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-15 23:23 (UTC)
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In a relative sense.
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-04-16 11:46 (UTC)
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Just goes to show that Gordon is a numpty. Moreover, if he really believes the economy is his sole focus, then he is further to the right than I had thought, but in a very odd fashion.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-04-18 20:04 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's a little corner of my dark old heart that's starting to feel a little sorry for Gordon. He spends ten years stewing in his own bile waiting to be Prime Minister. Blair gets Diana's death and the chance to do the `People's Princess' thing. He gets peace (of a sort) in Northern Ireland. He gets the War on Terror and when he walks into Congress he gets a standing ovation.
Finally, after a whole decade sucking his teeth in Number 11, Gordon gets to be Prime Minister, and he's barely got his knees under the desk when the economy - the very thing he bases his reputation on - goes tits-up, and there's absolutely damn-all he can do about it except keep telling everyone he's being `vigilant' and that we can weather the storm. And he's barely been PM for six months and his own party are starting to make rebellious noises.
Who knows what that kind of thing is doing to his mind?
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