compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
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.
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.
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 ...
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 "
First published by Michal Grove @zaadz 10th March 2010