Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The leaving of Gordon Brown

Brown was very statesman-like yesterday evening. He stood down as Labour leader and Prime Minister before he was pushed, went to the palace to offer Her Majesty his resignation, came back and gave a serious speech in Downing Street where he said what a privilege it had been to serve the country, and how grateful he was to have had the opportunity to deliver prosperity, fairness, justice, and green policies to this country he loves so much. He ended with a saccharin comment about how being a father and husband was an even greater honour.


What a shame he never actually did any of those things he "had the opportunity" to do.

Brown's legacy of thirteen years in high office is a trashed economy, a national debt approaching a trillion pounds, a private debt mountain crippling many citizens, a justice system that sees police officers acting as judge and jury on the streets, and that's when they've got time left over from their tax-collecting duties. In the courts we've lost the right to silence, the presumption of innocence, and we've just finished our first serious (mainland) criminal trial without a jury since the Middle Ages.

He's left us with hundreds of stealth taxes; a bloated public sector where bureaucrats outnumber doctors, nurses, teachers or soldiers; where the typical job involves community outreach or diversity, or eating five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.

No, Bown's legacy to this country is dire. We're well rid.

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