Harriet Harman, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, was on television this morning and Andrew Marr asked her about Fred Goodwin's little nest-egg. I'm still trying to get my head round her reply.
She said, in part, "The prime minister has said that it is not acceptable and therefore it will not be accepted."
When Andy mentioned that Fred's pension was actually part of a legal contract, she said, "It might be enforceable in a court of law, this contract, but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion and that is where the government steps in."
So all of a sudden the `court of public opinion' trumps a court of law? Gordon decides what's acceptable and what isn't?
My memory might be playing tricks, but I seem to remember the court of public opinion being largely opposed to a certain overseas adventure we got ourselves mixed up in a couple of years ago, and our views didn't count for a whole lot then.
Actually, I doubt whether the court of public opinion gives a flying fuck about Fred Goodwin - we all have our own problems to worry about. I think what's more important to the government is the court of media opinion.
You can bathe yourselves in the opalescent radience of Harriet's insane gibberish here.