Golden good-bye?

Easing the pain of loss

Big tent Big tent

It is not only mathematicians who look for patterns in events to find solutions to problems, we can all do it. Those of you who can bear to think back on the Northern Rock saga (it hurts) will recall that our Chancellor Alistair Dalek, the safe pair of eyebrows, had a cunning plan. He was to sell bonds to raise money to sort it out. But just in case of the unlikely event of this not working out, Ron Sandler was to head up the nationalised rump of this once glorious company. And look what happened. Well old clever-stick Alistair is at it again.

Clever Ali has ruled that in the unlikely event of Ken Livingstone NOT hanging on to his post as Mayor of London he will get a decent tax-free 'farewell fee'. See HERE.
So what do you think happens next, is there a pattern here? Does Clever Ali know something we don't, has someone done the sums and they don't add up? Nu Labour has to be practical here. The 'what if' questions have to be faced now. King Newt, as Boris Johnson likes to call his fellow candidate, has always had an uneasy relationship with the top tier of Nu Labour and has only just, in real time, re-joined Nu Labour after a period in the wilderness. For King Newt only wears their logo like a flag of convenience whilst lying at anchor in the Port of London. In reality, as all long term Newt watchers will agree, he has only ever been the senior and founder member of the Newt Party. If ejected by the ungrateful voters from his post then unpleasantness might follow.

King Newt King Newt I'm reminded of the comment by Dwight D Eisenhower. After World War II Eisenhower went into politics and was elected US President in 1953. He had to form an administration that was seen to include all the factions and fiefdoms of the US, a complex task. At first Eisenhower refused to have a member of the Kennedy family as part of his team and an argument raged on for some time. Eventually Eisenhower conceded the point with the remark, "better the guy in the tent pissing out, than out the tent pissing in". The sort of sentiment you might expect from an ex-soldier, but a Chancellor of the Exchequer?