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First published by Michal grove @zaadz 10th March 2010

LISTENING to Gordon Brown’s speech in Docklands, east London today,        

I couldn’t help but draw comparison with what I can only imagine was the

speech to Parliament by King Charles I, expounding his divine right to

be God on Earth and to ask for the taxpayers of Britain to again put their

hands in their pockets as the elite of the nation carried on regardless.

THAT WAS before he had HIS HEAD chopped off !

Simon Schama’s excellent History of Britain television series for the BBC, which explained in exquisite detail the shenanigans [trickery and humbug] behind the public execution of a king and the creation of a republic in the episode entitled THE BRITISH WARS, also reminded me of the tale of Schama’s own experience teaching World History to American undergraduates, when referring to the Second World War, he was asked by one of the shocked students …

IF you are talking about a second world war, presumably
there must have been a first, when on earth was that !!!???

As I have quoted elsewhere there are as many versions of history as there are historians and in the context of British Politics, listening to Gordon Brown absolutely confirms that there are as many versions of economics as there are economists.  Never forgetting that it was he who for ten years of this government held the job of chief economist of the nation in his role as Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury after Tony Blair as Prime Minister and the First Lord of the Treasury.

"For better or worse, with me what you see is what you get" said Mr Brown.

It is a line so at odds with reality, so manifestly untrue, so utterly ridiculous that one barely knows where to start challenging it.

Joseph Stiglitz’s comment
the other day on CNBC that the Federal Reserve system smells bad, it looks bad and it undermines confidence comes to mind as well as Liz Hunt’s comments that Gordon Brown’s performance at the Chilcot Inquiry ...

was a masterclass in cynicism, weasel words, prevarication and buck-passing

in the context of answering the question as to whether the Ministry of Defence had received adequate funding for its needs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives - Trailer

More recent events have indeed confirmed Gordon Brown’s betrayal of British troops and by inference the families of those troops, the entirety of the British taxpaying public and the rest of our species on earth – a betrayal that, shamefully, he persists in denying whilst being adamant that the long-overdue strategic defence review, will NOT take place until after the next election.

Tell that to the troops who are still paying for their own boots and who are having to wait until the latter half of 2011 before they get bomb-proof armoured vehicles as well as ALL of those of ALL the species of the earth which suffer the consequences of war.

YET another tragic example of this government creating layer upon layer of non-accountable top down bureaucracy, spending more and more of the budget on consultants to advise them how to do the job, and leaving little over to pay for well trained, adequately motivated and appropriatly remunerated personnel to actually DO the work that the organisation was set up to provide & administer: and even as I pen these words the shear incompetancy of the system IS BEING broadcast over the airwaves to the undoubted disgust of every hard-working taxpayer in the land, who has NOT succummed to Gordon Brown's MAGIC SPELL.

EVERY investigative report established by this government, for the last 13 years, has stated that
"lessons are being learned by the agencies involved "; and yet time after time after time the reality has proved to be absolutely the opposite.

THE king's new clothes

have indeed been found

to be somewhat transparent

as Hans Christian Andersen suggested in 1837, having been inspired by the Spanish story recorded by Don Juan Manuel, who lived between 1282-1348.

In the context of Gordon Brown’s treatise that THE ONLY way to recovery IS through growth, growth and more growth and of the more realistic POST PEAK OIL scenario referred to in Richard Heinberg’s ...

Life After Growth
What if the economy doesn’t recover ? ...

WE MUST ALL ask ourselves IS or IS NOT Gordon Brown & this Labour Government,
as delusional leader of the global economic system
as well as JUST one of the 27 Council of Europe Ministers of the EUROPEAN UNION ...

punching 'above' its

international weight ?

THE axe block

For entirely the same

reasons as the King

WHO lost his head !


WHAT IF Nassim Taleb's "Black Swans" were engineered by a group of men -

living together in society today - as a result of information asymmetry ?

" When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society - they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorises it and a moral code that glorifies it "

                                                                                                                Frederik Bostiak



The whole thing is essentially a house of cards.


First published by Michal Grove @zaadz 10th March 2010

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Michael : catalyst-producer

1 day later
Michael said

Of course voters need to consider which party has the best programme for the next five years and beyond; but they are also entitled to ask whether the party that has brought the country to the brink of bankruptcy deserves yet another chance.

Going for growth? Pull the other one.

This Labour Government is going for VOTES and how many Labour stronghold voters will vote for the British National Party could be the subject of
yet another
Hans Christian Andersen ”fantasy” …

Meanwhile, NO ONE's talking about the European elephant in the room!

What with talk of double dip and triple dip recessions, the French and Germans doing a somewhat justifiable wobbly over the recent US Government contract that EADS lost, the shutting down of CERN's LHC, the spat between the USA and China and talk of global
protectionism aloud, one has again to ask IS Gordon Brown planning to
take a leading role in the theatre production of that
Hans Christian Andersen's ”fantasy”?

… perhaps against a re-run of the 1930's GREAT DEPRESSION.

WHEN will our new masters of the globe AWAKEN to the reality of the mess which our species has created for the entirety of our LIVING PLANET ?

Michael : catalyst-producer

1 day later
Michael said

Despite the undoubted frustrations of ALL the peoples of Great Britain, and most particularly the working mums, with ANY of their political representatives in Parliament, IT WAS a.n.other step forward in the process of justice, in respect of OUR own Bill of Rights [European Union Directives not withstanding], to see 3 MPs and a Lord being instructed by the Senior Magistrate, to stand in the dock at the City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

The You've Been Cromwelled representative present would have presumably been thinking along the lines of Oliver Cromwell's statement …

” You have sat here too long for the good you do. In the name of GOD, GO !”

apart - I cannot but bring to mind the fact that GROWING FOOD yourself HAS already become THE MOST RADICAL of ACTS in our society; and that IT IS truly the ONLY EFFECTIVE PROCESS that one can make in the face of our leaders obsession with growth, growth and more growth; and ONE that will overturn the political, scientific and corporate powers that be !

By the process of directly working in harmony with nature, WE DO the ONE THING most essential to CHANGE the WORLD.

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Comment by Michael Grove on March 22, 2012 at 18:49

The Office for Budgetry Responsibility - here in the UK - has just published a graphic chart which details the reality of the financial chaos which we and our children and our children's children have to face - to overcome the mindset engendered in our nation by 13 years of middle-way socialist politics led by two very rich lawyers and the self conceited man who convinced his people that there would be NO MORE BOOM and BUST.

IF such an office were to exist in the USA - the same message of the graphic would apply - and the only way both of our nations have managed to get away with this for so long is printing more and more dollars and pounds and thus creating more and more debt.

Comment by Michael Grove on June 16, 2012 at 9:30

Gordon Brown -  the man who claimed "to have ended the cycle of boom and bust for the UK" - Didn't he also save the world as well from ALL of its financial woes? - is here again at the penultimate moment of the Euro Crisis expounding the fact that IF the G20 doesn't get its act together to help keep the Euro alive we shall all be faced with potential bailouts for France and Italy as well.

Surely its the founding members of the Euro project - Germany, France and Italy - who should now be realising that the wheels are falling off the charabanc because they chose not to fit tyres to the wheels in the first place.

Comment by Michael Grove on July 23, 2012 at 18:10

IT is a lonely task sticking up for the Greeks – given the sins of their elites over the last decade – but do we really have to put up with the false narrative coming from the EU's creditor core, and the self-serving eyewash by the policy architects of this disaster in Brussels, Frankfurt, and indeed Washington?


Comment by Michael Grove on September 3, 2012 at 22:33

The global financial system rests on self-created quicksand. When banks lend to other banks or financial institutions, those funds are used as a basis for further lending, and each transaction is larger than the one before. Interest has its own interest, and money breeds money. The greater the amounts and quicker the transactions, the more money is created. The amount of money in the system has grown exponentially. Computers decide in milliseconds the buying and selling of millions and billions of dollars worth of financial instruments. With so much money available, and with the ease and speed of global transactions, trade in derivates and other forms of financial gambling has progressively detached the financial system from economic and social reality.

Ervin Laszlo

Comment by Michael Grove on December 23, 2012 at 14:18

Eight hours of negotiations in Brussels ended in walkouts after MEPs refused to drop demands for an extra £13.8 billion in European Union spending for this year and 2013. The failure of the talks casts a fresh doubt on whether a major summit to agree to the EU's future funding from 2014 to 2020, scheduled for later this month, can go ahead.

“Over a protracted period of good times, capitalist economies tend to move from a financial structure dominated by hedge finance units to a structure in which there is a large weight to units engaged in speculative and Ponzi finance. . . . The greater the weight of speculative and Ponzi finance, the smaller the overall margins of safety in the economy and the greater the fragility of the financial structure.”

                                                                                                                    Hyman Minsky, 1992

Comment by Michael Grove on January 6, 2013 at 21:53

So the Americans did it. They avoided the fiscal cliff – right at the 11th hour, much as many of us suspected they would. Not that America’s travails are over. Quite the opposite. The fiscal problem has been merely deferred, not cured.

Comment by Michael Grove on January 9, 2013 at 18:07

The report said the biggest single cause of the jobs crisis is a “demand shock to the Euroland economy, deeming other factors to be “less relevant”. The findings reflect deep dissent within the EU policy apparatus over the contractionary policy settings, and undercut claims by hard-liners that labour reforms in the Club Med bloc are enough to pull the region out of slump.

Comment by Michael Grove on January 10, 2013 at 23:11

Most of us would view a monetary experiment which has led directly to the bankruptcy of entire countries, and the ruination of so many lives, as an unqualified failureBUT the European political class is determined to retain its insane financial architecture, regardless of human considerationsFrom this side of the Channelwe must continue to muddle along in our boring, matter-of-fact way: to hope that it all works out for the best, while making prudent provision in case it does not.

Comment by Michael Grove on January 27, 2013 at 11:58

WHAT IF Nassim Taleb's "Black Swans" were engineered by a group of men -

living together in society today - as a result of information asymmetry ?

" When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society - they create for themselves, in the course of time, a legal system that authorises it and a moral code that glorifies it "

                                                                                                                Frederik Bostiak


Comment by Michael Grove on June 18, 2021 at 12:38

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