Much has and will continue to be written about Gordon Brown and this is just my opinion.
I have never understood why he is so highly regarded within Labour circles and in particular by the electorate of Kirkcaldy. I have often thought, wrongly, that so little has put Kirkcaldy on the map in recent years that you have to grasp at any limited success or individual, but a huge well done to Raith Rovers winning the Challenge Cup against Sevco.
Today Gordon Brown will join Better Together and the never-ending fear with a speech about pensions. This from the man who did more to make older people poorer than anyone in recent memory, aside from the bankers he helped ruin the world economy. He will scare people with the fact that Scotland cannot afford pensions and that if they vote YES they might not even have one. There is actually a tiny little bit of truth in what he says, but all he has done is substitute the words United Kingdom and put in the word Scotland. If you don’t believe me check out the article on Wings Over Scotland, that spells this out with headlines http://wingsoverscotland.com/barely-worth-the-bother/.
But this rant is not about pensions, I suspect that I will never see mine anyway given the rate the pension age keeps rising in the United Kingdom, Better Together my arse.
No, this is about Gordon Brown. I just don’t get the worship of this man at all. I have often thought that he comes across as a bully, he is a bit like Prince Charles in that you just know that if he doesn’t get his own way the toys are well and truly getting thrown out of the pram. He was rumoured to have been warned when Prime Minister about his treatment of staff, often losing his temper, pushing people out-of-the-way and grabbing people http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8527170.stm. His record as an MP, as Chancellor and as Prime Minister is really poor in my humble opinion. However, he has shown great skill at making money on the speeches circuit but that maybe says more about the stupidity of the people who would actually pay this man to talk. He rarely bothers to turn up at Westminster anymore to represent the people who voted for him, he’s too busy jetting around the world earning a small fortune talking crap. When he was chancellor he sold off the country’s gold at a record low rate, he called a potential Labour voter a bigot, and he deregulated the banks to the extent that this allowed a world-wide financial crisis to come about as bankers had a competition to the bottom in bad decision-making both here and in America. He allowed PFI to become policy across the UK and in Scotland tax payers will be paying for this for generation after generation, even when the sub standard building are gone, we will still be paying for PFI.
I would urge no one to listen to anything this man has to say. He is up there within Scottish Labour with the likes of Johann Lamont, Jim Murphy, Margaret Curran, Douglas Alexander, Ed Miliband and need I say it Tony Blair. Gordon Brown should forever be remembered as a failure of a politician following a long list of Scottish Labour failures in my opinion. I will never take this man seriously, he has demonstrated by his actions in public office that he only cares about himself and protecting the affluence and pensions of his cronies in Westminster. If he truly wants to make a statement about pensions, then why not work to ensure that MPs pensions are treated the same as everyone else in the public sector, no I didn’t think so.
For me Gordon Brown will always be a political failure in the long list of political failures that Scotland has had to endure in my lifetime. There really is no decency within our political system that allows people like Gordon Brown the platform to preach to the rest of us, once the YES votes come in we have to work to ensure that we never ever elect these self-serving people in the future.