Tuesday, September 1, 2009

“and that it was a Labour Government that navigated the choppy waters.” Stop, my sides….

The economy is over the worst and Labour did it, says Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown is hoping to seize back the political agenda with a new focus on the economy. The Prime Minister, whose summer break has been overshadowed by deaths in Afghanistan and the release of the Lockerbie bomber, is expected to try to convince voters that the British economy is through the worst — and that it was a Labour Government that navigated the choppy waters.

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31 thoughts on ““and that it was a Labour Government that navigated the choppy waters.” Stop, my sides….

  • “through the worst”…and what about all that debt?..

    …and stabbing savers in the back….and the private sector jobs which were cut (including mine).

    if I go on I’ll probably include some of those banned words by the webmanager…!

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  • japanese uncle says:

    Say it to the millions of school leavers for the decades to come who are unlikely to find any decent job for their lifetime.

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  • happy mondays says:

    I would just like to take a brief moment to sincerely thank Gordon Brown ,Tony Blair & the rest of the government past & present for making the last 10 years living in Britain such a delightful experience, i will no longer question there authority or wisdom as i now know that i am just a pleb, living with great men who should be given demi god status & remembered for there great achievements and putting the Great back into Great Britain… Hail Gordo !

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  • It’s a pitty school leavers can’t vote this shower out eh JC?…. Only hard workers, hard workers who have lost jobs through no fault of their own and scum bag spongers can vote… and we know who the scummers will vote for…. “can I have more to spend in Spoons please?” “Certainly you can, as long as you vote me in again”

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  • Well actually I really want to see this guy back in power come the election. Not cos I like him or think he is great – far from it. I want to see what the snivelling swine does when he finally reaps what he has sown. It almost seems unfair to leave it all to another administration to pick up the pieces. I want to see this guy up to the nieck in the doo doo he created. But there again I’m not sure I really could stomach another 5 years of NU Lab.

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  • “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time”

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  • Well said Uncle Tom!

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  • Mystie,

    The last century of British politics has been a long saga of Labour spending sugar coated money the nation hasn’t got, followed by Tories picking up the pieces and having to dispense the nasty medicine.

    Yes, Brown should be held to account for his misdeeds, but as his hapless gang hasn’t got a clue how to sort the mess out; there is little point leaving him in charge.

    I’m just worried that the next Tory government will be much thinner than usual when it comes to business skills. At the end of the day, running the country needs much the same talent as running a business.

    Labour governments have always been seriously deficient in business acumen – the root cause of their eventual economic failure.

    Cameron will inherit an economy in more desperate straits than any in living memory. He will need to lance the boils the moment he takes office, or face being blamed when they burst of their own accord later. That was Ted Heath’s mistake – too weak, and too slow to grasp the nettle. When his inheritance came home to roost, it was he who got the blame, not Labour.

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  • I think this new lab administration proves that spending powers should be limited for the elected term which is set out in a manifesto – if the government runs out of money (war, unforeseen disaster) then they should return to the electorate with and present a case for continued government at the election!

    We can’t have one term of a bad government destroy the country with no controls.

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  • He’s havin’ a tin bath right?

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  • Matt.. “We can’t have one term of a bad government destroy the country with no controls” Well we sure can, and that’s exactly what’s happening TODAY and EVERYDAY till we get rid of this shower of shite

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  • So far gordon that’s 11 nays and one eye (your own).

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  • mark wadsworth says:

    Seeing as most people judge the success or otherwise of a government on the basis of whether house prices are rising or not, it strikes me as quite conceivable that if the Irish vote “Yes” (and that’s a big IF) Labour might call a snap election in October/November before the second wave of the house price crash starts and have a modest chance of being re-elected.

    You never know, do you?

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  • Mark,

    No chance – they know they’re dead meat, and they’ll just go on milking it for themselves for as long as they can.

    There is more than an outside chance that Labour might go bankrupt after the election – I would not be surprised if they try to push through some state political funding before going to the polls..

    ..my money is on May 27th next year.

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  • Icarus @ 12, There’s 7 pages of comments on that Times story and people there seem unconvinced too.

    It’s utterly shocking that a British Prime Minister is prepared to make such a comment when the country he represents is in such dire straits and people are suffering so much. Irrespective of anything else, he should resign just for being so totally insensitive and completely out of touch.

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  • Sod off back home Gordon

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  • The man is totally deluded!

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  • “Mr Darling said yesterday that he expected the British economy to start growing again around the end of this year — as a result of measures such as the bank bailouts, emergency tax cuts and the fiscal stimulus package.”
    So the guy who runs the country’s finances reckons that spending billions and reducing income constitutes a recovery. Our biggest problem was that the long period of “growth” this country saw was basically consumer spending paid for by borrowing, so the fact that we now owe more than ever is a good thing?
    Uncle Tom is dead right – running the country is like runnig a big business. The difference is that every FD we’ve had for the last 10 years would have been fired for gross incompetence.
    These people should be treated like they are running a business too – big bonuses for achievement and the sack for getting us in a mess.

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  • What is going on with the pound? 1 GBP = $ 1.62 or Euro 1 .13431 All my savings were in pounds and there are not a lot of things I can buy in the UK apart from property.

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  • it_is_going_with_a_bang says:

    “It is expected that the Prime Minister will promise a job for anyone aged between 18 and 24 who has been out of work for more than ten months”

    What? 10 months? That’s like being given a paddle when you’ve drifted 10 miles out into open sea.
    Somewhat late in the day.

    More to the point why is this all geared to certain ‘ages’ in society? What if you are in your 30’s or 40’s and want a guaranteed job and training.

    Note the use of the word “expected” by The Badger. A substitute for the word “hope”. A nice play on words so that if it doesn’t work it can just be a case of “not as expected”.

    Roll on next year and an election. Tired of these clowns is an understatement. Bring on a different act.

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  • @ sovietuk.. with the greatest of respect, us jockanese don’t want the smegger either!!!

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  • If he think’s he can con the british people into falling for this crap then he is more stupid than he looks. The middle classes voted labour into power, they are the ones who are the most literate when it comes to undertanding the economy, he got us into to this mess with years of economic policy failures and for the next ten years we will be paying the price in higher taxes, higher unemployment, spending cuts and lower standards of living and house prices going nowhere. All the reasons for the middles classes tp vote him back into office? Whose he tryin to fool.

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  • uncle tom: “Labour governments have always been seriously deficient in business acumen”

    Oh, I don’t know. Labour politicians have made themselves money pretty much as well as Conservatives.

    Ted Heath’s bad luck, rather than mistake, was to have to deal with the miners when coal stocks were low and they had plenty of industrial clout, more than during Mrs T’s reign. This is politicians’ ultimate problem: they are hostages to events over which they have little control. The current problems are not directly of the Govt’s making; they just let it happen, exactly as a Cons govt would have done.

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  • the number cruncher says:

    Mrs T presided over a expansion in money as the source of her economic success and not an expansion in productivity, output or investment. Pretty much the same as nulab.

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  • So both Mr T and Mrs T called everyone “Sucker”!!

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  • @5 “Well actually I really want to see this guy back in power come the election. Not cos I like him or think he is great – far from it. I want to see what the snivelling swine does when he finally reaps what he has sown”

    Agree 100%, let the git take the sh*t.

    I notice there are no comments from our left leaning Little Professor.

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  • Labour have but one aim now – to prevent the final collapse of the UK economy happening before the next election. Hence the use of QE by the BoE to prop up govt spending. Without QE we would already have hit the bond market buffers – sterling crisis, emergency budgets, tax rises, spending cuts, IMF intervention et al. If they can con the public for just long enough, and hope the markets don’t take fright in the meantime, they can then blame any subsequent crisis on the Tories. It won’t matter if the bust comes weeks after the election, they will lie and lie again – Tory Boom and Bust etc. They know if the bust comes before the election that it would be the end of the Labour movement in this country.

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  • It’s always a laugh when we get pretty much the same economic cycle, no matter Tory or Labour and people believe that voting one way or the other has any effect. Gordon is arrogant, deluded and incompetent, more interested in personal legacy than serving the people. Labour are entirely self-serving. And all previous PMs and ruling parties were different in what way exactly?
    No government, left or right around the world were immune to either the boom or recession. It’s time we all woke up I think.

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  • 27. goweresque said…

    “They know if the bust comes before the election that it would be the end of the Labour movement in this country.”

    I’m sure the same was said in the 70’s. They will simply re-brand again and will be back when the country gets sick of the Tories and thinks it is time for a ‘change’.

    “The needle returns to the start of the song and we all sing along like before.”

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  • Shipbuilder is right. Sadly. The current economic situation is so obvious to anyone who cares to pay attention. Unfortunately hardly anyone is paying attention. The bail out of the banks was the biggest con played out on the British (and US) public and barely an eyebrow was raised. The ruling elite know we’re all but neutered.

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  • Let’s hope no-one believes the mendacious little twerp again.

    @21 vindicated… he is one of yours, surely you can think of somewhere suitably lonely and desolate to send him? Preferably somewhere he won’t be able to spout his nonsense and get it in the media!

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