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.
Could not agree more…. it always puzzled me when the members of the labour party claimed this man was an ” intellectual ” within their ranks…
It really is a puzzle isn’t it. I mean what has he done to improve the lives of ordinary people overall. Tax Credits were a good thing but paid to mainly the middle class and in the end turned out to be a disaster. I don’t get Brown at all.
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I think a lot of Scottish MPs start out with good intentions (some don’t of course) but as soon as they set foot in Westminster,all of those principles go down the toilets in the commons bars.
Westminster represents absolute power and corrupts absolutely.
We need to keep reminding our political representatives that they are public servants whose responsibility is first and foremost to their electorate and not the party apparatus.
In our constitution,we should have it written down that Gordon Brown is not allowed anywhere near running the finances of Scotland.
I think history is more his bag and he is now in the right place for that.
I don’t disagree with you but I would suspect that the party system and esp the selection process bars the very people we would like to see some of in Westminster. No one doubts you want some of the brightest but you also want people like a postie, a cleaner, a bus driver as these people will have common sense and real life experience, but we have created a new royalty and they will fight tooth and nail to keep, just look at Brown joining the FEAR and spreading the brown stuff everywhere.
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May I say that I agree totally with you, and as for his much vaunted intelligence, surely someone with it would ask for advice and TAKE IT. Sorry for shouting. I was also surprised that his history seems to go no further than that of the Labour Party.
We have a thought in our house that people in the labour Party use Westminster like the lad of pairts in the past used the church, to get on. They certainly use it to acquire wealth, power is also just a means to that end. I wonder how many enter Westminster without much to call their own but leave as Millionaires (David Martin) then of course we have the retirement home for finished or failed politicians. The House of Lords, though I think Gordon will wait for hell to freeze over before he gets there and he knows it.
Some one who worked with him, obviously easily pleased said he was charming. He certainly acquired a load of girl friends before he felt the need to have a family in number 11/10 Downing street. My pet subject recently is PFI schools, I live opposite one and see the way the companies are skinning us. How about blowing water off the play ground, whilst it was raining? Not a weekend passes that something/anything is being done at this school, my old janitor would have been in despair at it and he had a Victorian School to look after.
As far as I am aware Brown, like too many others across all the parties but esp Labour, has never had a real job in his life. He was brought up through the Labour party ranks to believe he has a god given right to rule and by joining the fear he has shown himself clearly now to be just like all the rest. I just don’t get Scottish Labours belief in this man at all, I just don’t see , like you said any much vaunted intelligence. For me he will always be a failure even though I accept that ideas like tax credits were good ones but aimed at the people who didn’t need the money.
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I’d like to see this article more widely disseminated because you’ve hit the nail on the head. I used to think Malcolm Rifkind was a principles-free lad on the make, and Brown is no different: as red as a London bus when being left-wiing was acceptable among dinner party goers and as blue as a Blue and Royal nowadays. It’s easy and fair enough to have a go at the man, but it’s what his type of person represents that’s behind my disgust at him and his familiars. They have shamelessly used the party that my family and relatives trusted in the past to get their noses in the trough and their feet on the career ladder. Needless to say, only one aunt and cousin still trust that party. The rest of us see them for what they are.
Totally agree, before I was either interested or understood what politics was I remember my father hating the Labour Party in Scotland. My Dad was a lot older when I was born and had fought in the War, he felt totally let down by the Labour movement. He always said they were liars and in it for themselves. Sadly he passed away 20 years ago but he would loved to see them squirming now.
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