Gordon Brown

An interesting match

The Steinbrück bounce?

Team captains Team captains
I've never been interested in football so only have the faintest memory of the 1966 World Cup, this was when England beat Germany in the final. I'm told the result was 4 - 2, and I'm told that means goals; for some the joy of that victory lasted years. And, following the EU summit meeting today it would seem that Gordon Brown can claim another victory over Germany. The headline in the Telegraph says - Gordon Brown claims victory as ambassador complains to Germany in economic policies row - full article HERE.

But is this so? It was on Wednesday of this week that Brown made his now famous remark about "saving the world" during PMQs. Here we are on Friday and the debate about whether this was a man speaking from the heart, or not, continues; Freudian slip or simple gaffe? But there is more to this. The very fact that two German politicians, Peter Steinbrück and Steffan Kampeter, have made critical remarks, on the record, about Nulabour economic policies can be taken, as Brown did, as personal criticism. Not so long ago, when Tony Blair was the PM, such a thing would have been unthinkable. But blundering Brown seems to have raised his game to a level beyond football rivalry into something else.

Rogues and their remarks

The ruling élite speaks

Harold Macmillan Harold Macmillan

Yesterday I was having a snack with the radio close by and heard Gordon Brown's now famous remark about "saving the world" first hand. After the sandwich it was back to the computer and a choice of websites with the video clip of this moment from Prime Minister's Questions. This mid-week ritual is loathed by Brown because he is hopeless at it, he rambles. It is supposed to be an opportunity for MPs to ask him questions, obviously. In turn he is supposed to answer them, but never seems to do this. He goes off into mega-peroration of the most sonorous sort, one day he will bore himself too.


Our PM bothers the police

Sweet memories!  Sweet memories!
Another Cones Hotline. As if if our police do not have enough to do with organising their own career path to give them a mega-payout, as did Tarique Ghaffur and Sir Ian Blair, or sneaking past the Serjeant at Arms and into the House of Commons to bother MPs; now they will have to give advice to women on how to get home. Speaking to the women's magazine, Glamour, our caring Prime Minister said it was all to do with the last mile home, that is the part of the journey from the tube station to the front door. The PM wanted these people to have a personal police service to tell them the safest way home.

The UK police cannot, it would seem, clear protesters off a runaway at Stansted Airport quickly so as to keep the airport open. Any accident on a motorway is also likely to result in it being shut to traffic for the best part of a day. So the quality of advice on offer here may well be worthless.

The Deputy Prime Minister at work

And whose business is it to decide?

Can't wait! Can't wait!
Interestingly, it is almost a year since the report from EUreporter about the UK joining the euro and now there is more. An up-to-date report from the BBC and another from the Guardian on the same subject. The original report makes the point -


The cynical may say that one year ago things were different but now we do not have the money for frivolous things like betting. And 'don't fix a date'. What does that mean? One year on and we are still waiting.

EUreporter (January 2008) says -

There is absolutely no solid evidence to suggest it but this publication predicts that by the end of the month of January, Britain will have announced that it intends to join the euro.

No solid evidence? Too right!


Attention this confederation is reversing

Stop! Stop!
Forgive me if I laugh but here (see right) is the official photo released to the world following the Saturday meeting of the EU's great and good. They met, if you remember, to 'fix' the economic crisis that is causing so much grief, so it's all brave smiles for the camera, except for the gent to the left of Nicolas Sarkozy. To the right of Sarkozy is Angela Merkel who up to that meeting had, as far as this crisis is concerned, been the big clunking fist. Germany under Merkel was holding firm and not going to panic, like Ireland, and offer bank deposit safety promises.

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