Gordon Brown

Praise where praise is due

But it's getting to be a habit

You' re wonderful You' re wonderful
The sad case of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith's husband working as her praise singer should now be judged against another case of a similar nature.That report of Home Secretary Smith's husband was put into this post to show off how fiddling is the rule rather than the exception in Nulabour. Smith's husband did it to help his wife and she did some fiddling with the statistics related to the Home Office's statement on knife crime.

From an article in the Independent we see that writing in to your local newspaper to talk up oneself and Nulabour is not as rare as it should be. Bournemouth man and Councillor Ben Grower did a bit of praise singing to help himself. The whole affair raises more questions than appear to be answered. Like many of his type, this includes Gordon Brown, Grower cannot admit to mistakes because he cannot see them.

Jacqui Smith's numbers don't add up

Small lies big numbers, or the other way around?

Fibber and friend Fibber and friend

Like milestones on a journey the route taken by Nulabour's descent is fixed by certain events and remarks along the way. For example we have Gordon Brown's comment of 'saving the world'. A simple gaffe some say, 'anyone might have said that', really? But the problem here is that our Prime Minister said it and in public; had 'the man in the pub' made such a remark the whole bar would have collapsed laughing with the man himself joining in. But our PM and Nulabour are made of different stuff, there is something sinister, unpleasant and flawed about them. In the Guardian today the Editorial has the title, Who's counting? In this the charge is made that Nulabour cooked the books on knife crime.

The same old problem

Franco-German motor

Franco German alliance in colour Franco German alliance in colour
The metaphor to describe the inner workings of the EU and where it gets most of its motive power, the Franco-German motor or, the Franco-German alliance, is common enough. So is the criticism of it. In the Economist is a list of complaints about the way the EU is run and written from the point of view of the old Eastern Europe.

Complaints of this sort are a ritual and we can either conclude that they will go on forever, as some hope the EU will, or that one day the EU will fall apart just like the old Soviet Empire; which, as we are talking about the old Eastern Europe, takes us full circle.

Match report

Who will be relegated?

In the post - An interesting match 12th December 2008, we wrote about the tension between the UK and Germany over the way out of the current fiscal crisis and started off with a reference to the 1966 World Cup. Those of you who know their football will be aware that the match went into extra time. So much has be written in the last few days about the Anglo German spat since the original post it seemed sensible to allow more time to play on. I hope you like the final result and to make it easier to read the post Extra time 16th December 2008 should be read after An interesting match, all clear? .Then play on and be grateful I did not mention seagulls and trawlers!

Extra time

The fans were delirious

The boot goes in The boot goes in
The debate, if you can call it that, on what used to be known as global warming is confused. So we have the polar ice cap and various ice shelves shrinking at a rate never seen before while, at the same time, the coldest weather since records began is in full spate elsewhere. It's no good arguing or even reading up on this as you will almost certainly be reading the wrong sort of text. Far better to shift the goal posts and call it climate change then, whatever comes along can be both a vindication and condemnation of any view point you wish to hold. So it is with the economic crisis.

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