Going green, going wrong

Post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory, or so they say (see Footnote)

Things can only get better? Things can only get better?
There is a great deal, as one might expect, to read about Baroness Vadera (see right) and her stupid "green shoots" remark, well here is a little more. Vadera is a close confidante of Gordon Brown, indeed he selected her to be an adviser to him on account of her vast intellect. And perhaps that is where it goes wrong. If we go back a long way when Peter Mandelson was working with Gordon Brown to create what we now call Nulabour, the arrival of Tony Blair was secondary. The decision of Mandelson to drop Brown and become a disciple of Blair came after Mandelson's 'conversion', after he saw the light and realised that Blair was the better all round general purpose Messiah, and so more likely to get the Nulabour project off the ground. But originally it was Brown who picked Mandelson. Gaffe-prone Mandelson eventually goes to the EU and, while he is away, Brown selects Vadera, two duds in a row you say. Well indeed, but look who did the picking. Brown's judgement has always been open to question, so time to revisit the remark alleged to have been made by Alistair Campbell about Brown being 'psychologically flawed'? Perhaps, but many commentators say it was Blair who coined the term, which actually enhances the notion that many people think Brown is capable of making big mistakes. And one more thing, Mandelson having set up Blair as the Nu-Messiah upon return to Downing Street to work for Brown was to name him Moses, something to think about!

As soon as the credit crisis started to spin out of control the old lags sprang into action, Denis MacShane wrote in the Guardian that "Gordon is not to blame". If you say so Den, if you say so. However, what all the paid and unpaid apologists cannot slither away from is the fact that Brown was the Chancellor all those boom years and, in the shape of Vadera, look who was helping him.

They say chance is a fine thing, so by chance Vadera ends up with Mandelson as her boss, I wonder if they swap gaffes and quaint remarks? For if Vadera makes another mistake and is forced to go she can hardly upon exit say "I'm a fighter not a quitter" as her boss got in first with that one years before!
More green shoots More green shoots
The term useful idiots comes to mind here, as trying to help we all know that Vadera could not see "green shoots of recovery" but an election looming, not the same thing at all, you would have thought an intellectual would have spotted that.

Footnote -
The mouthful which is our sub-title above; Brown was desperate to show us how clever he was so came up with the concept 'New Economics', this obviously was to chime with the Nulabour project. Alas Brown being gaffe-prone like so many of his kith did nothing of the sort and only showed how pretentious he was by uttering the now famous phrase: "Post-neoclassical endogenous growth theory", this would have been around 1994. So you can see Brown was working alone then and really did need some help.