I think I say this every week that I don't want to run down Gordon Brown each time I feel like writing a blog post but he just has this way of saying things that set me off.
His interview with bank-run horn blower/Business Editor of the BBC Robert Peston yesterday:
Peston: It turned out that our banking system here in the UK was one of the two weakest in the world. The other banking system that was in as much difficulty was the American banking system. Do you have no personal regret about failing to spot that?
Brown: No, I've been very clear. We should all have been supervising more.
You what? He has no regrets about not spotting the weakness of the UK banking system yet in the same paragraph says they should have been supervising more. The man that bought us and demanded "light touch" regulation knows it was a mistake but doesn't regret it.
Then he goes on about saying that we have learnt the lessons this crisis should teach us and that he wants to teach the rest of the world. All the while that sickly smile of his comes about as finishes the sentence that takes the scene away from the domestic to his more comfortable turf of the international.
Furthermore. He refuses to talk timing of these inevitable oncoming cuts in public spending. This time he's hiding behind France, Germany and the USA. Happy to lead when it comes to spending money, desperate to follow when it comes to saving it. For a man that has "saved the world" he don't half find it hard to just plain save.
The implied logic of that is he is not sorry about leading us into this mess. Reassuring that. Best let him get back to poisoning the well...
Labels: Economics, Gordon Brown, Robert Peston