Saturday, August 30, 2008

Alistair Darling: ‘People are pissed off with us’

This is the frank, if somewhat blunt assessment of the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the view of the British people upon this Labour Government. And he is not wrong. But it is astonishingly candid, crude (despite ‘piss’ appearing in the Authorised Version of the Bible [2Kgs 18:27; Is 36:12]) and unparliamentary language from one of the holders of the great offices of state. If Cranmer were a betting man he would wager that Mr Darling’s tenure at the Treasury is about to be curtailed, not least because he rides roughshod over the Prime Minister’s assurance that the economic situation is not as bad people think and that Britain is ‘well placed’ to weather the economic storm. One of them is manifestly lying, or being recklessly deceitful.

And if Mr Darling has not gone by Christmas, the Prime Minister will have.

The essence of Mr Darling’s bleak assessment is that the UK is facing its ‘worst economic crisis in 60 years’. He therefore admits that Labour’s recession is about to be worse than anything seen under Margaret Thatcher or John Major. He told The Guardian that the economic downturn would be more ‘profound and long-lasting’ than most people had feared. And he acknowledged that voters were angry with Labour's handling of the economy, with house prices falling at their fastest rate in 18 years, and, according to one Bank of England economist, unemployment set to hit 2 million by Christmas.

This is indeed a New Labour ‘bust’ which Gordon Brown claimed to have eradicated from the Treasury’s lectionary. The economy is at zero growth, and building firms and retailers are making people redundant. And the Chancellor says he has ‘no idea’ how serious the credit crunch would become.

But ‘credit’ and ‘crunch’ are two easy words for any politician to spout. Yet they amount to people’s homes about to be repossessed. They are people’s jobs, children’s welfare, and families’ harmony. While this government is obsessed with figures and statistics, the real human cost lies in the redundancies, hardship, divorces, alcohol and drug dependency, alienated children, increased crime, and the interminable and inescapable cycle of social breakdown that this government has singularly failed to solve.

And Cranmer finds it interesting that this same credit crunch which had its origin in the United States leaves them with 3.3 per cent growth in the last quarter while the UK is at 0 per cent. It is one thing to blame others for one’s woes, but when the others are faring somewhat better, the blame must lie nearer home.

As the nation’s most vulnerable decide whether to heat their homes or eat this winter, the Chancellor might just consider that these are moral issues. God cares for the poor, the oppressed, and the underdogs in society. He pours his wrath upon those who corrupt justice or create economic machines designed to provide more wealth for the wealthy and deprive the poor. The story of Naboth’s vineyard in 1 Kings 21 establishes that authorities are not free to pursue any policy they please or to ride roughshod over the rights of the poor.

Northern Rock? 10p tax band? Increasing business taxes? The loss of Inland Revenue data discs? Soaring fuel costs?

There was a time when chancellors were man enough and possessed sufficient moral fibre to take responsibility and resign over such fiascos.

26 Comments:

Anonymous hear o israel said...

i had pondered if he was making an obscure reference to the liberal democrat party.

so i take it that the prime minister over the weekend will have to offer a rebuttal??.

Mr blanchflower seems to think too little too late , so it appears the former iron chancellor is a little more than rusty.

your graces time analysis of who goes seems right , but i think it may be sooner than christmas

30 August 2008 at 01:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Darling has got it right for once!!
I am personaly pissed off with Gordon Brown and his totally imcompetant government as well.to

30 August 2008 at 08:55  
Blogger mckenzie said...

It's everybody's own fault.

30 August 2008 at 08:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that should be too!!

30 August 2008 at 08:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you see your child walking towards the edge of a cliff, while under your immediate supervision, you will be faced with the immediate necessity to prevent him/her from continuing any further in that direction.
Now there are basically two methods (with varying degrees of inflection) of how to 'shout' them back.

a. 'get back here now or I will rip your head off.'

b. 'darling, come back here I have some nice cakes for you to eat.'

However which way you chose, any decision would have to be made quickly, out of ultimate love and concern, and be based on your instinctive knowledge of the child's personality and likely reaction.

30 August 2008 at 09:25  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

Your Grace's concern for the unemployed is most touching. Perhaps Your Grace can be sen in this photograph here taken at a time when unemployment levels exceeded even the worst of the current predictions of the Bank of England. In all honesty, your Grace did you in those far off days castigate Mrs Thatcher's government for high levels of unemployment?

30 August 2008 at 09:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to thank the gentleman loser for the link to the Working Class Movement Library

30 August 2008 at 10:08  
Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Cry the Beloved Country

30 August 2008 at 10:15  
Anonymous gumpyoldman said...

Alistair has timed his comments just about perfectly for the conference season. He's obviously decided that he will not sacrifice himself for one of the most incompetent politicians ever to grace the Commons. This piece of skulduggery might just be the snowflake that starts the avalanche which will sweep GB into the obscurity he so richly deserves.

30 August 2008 at 10:35  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

Think nothing of it, dear anonymous! I simply did an image search for 'people's march for jobs' on google and there it was on the first page. There are dozens of pictures of people protesting at high levels of unemployment in the 1980's but I was unable to spot any prominent Conservatives. Can you find any? Did unemployment only become a bad thing under the Labour government?

30 August 2008 at 10:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gentleman loser (?)

Unemployment and lies about the facts and figures are never a good thing, but hypocrisy on a grand scale make it all the more unforgivable.
The veneer has peeled away from the Marxist illusion, but I sympathise with your dilema. Do you really want me to join the Labour/Trades Union chorus of screaming death throes? Nah, no thanks, times are a changing and I am heading for the light I can see up ahead. You are more than welcome to hitch a ride, like I said, I completely sympathise/empathise with your dilemma, now is a good time to ditch misplaced loyalties.

30 August 2008 at 11:51  
Blogger mckenzie said...

I would have to agree with the mouse on this one. Take a leaf out of Darling's book and wake up to the reality. Even take a leaf out of the mouse's book, it wont be long before you may wish to have been anony-mouse your self.
I don't what it is that you teach, but I would,t mind betting you put a socialist/Marxist spin on it. Take a good look around you, especially at todays youth. There are many good kids to speak of, there always will be in our Great nation, but you know what I am referring (that is to say I will credit you with the intelligence).

30 August 2008 at 12:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gentleman Dinosaur

The forces of political evolution are about to accelerate the transformation of your attitude to the fossil record.

30 August 2008 at 12:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This government has lost just about everything of any value,any bets on the next election!

30 August 2008 at 12:48  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

@mckenzie
I'm not a Marxist. If I was I would secretly be rubbing my hands together at the prospect of mass unemployment ensuring that the end was nigh for Capitalism - and I'm not.
I teach Religious Studies. If you can suggest a way of puting a socialist spin on the layout of a synagogue, I'd be interested to hear it. In the mean time perhaps you could answer this: should full employment be a goal for the next government?
No, I'm afraid you have credited me with too much intelligence - I don't know what you are referring to unless it's naughty children. There are defintiely too many of them and something must be done it.

Like his Grace, I'm not a betting man but if I'm almost certain David Cameron will win the next election

30 August 2008 at 12:54  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

oops - I meant "...something must be done about it."

30 August 2008 at 12:57  
Blogger The Gentleman Loser said...

Sorry, I missed this bit:
"The forces of political evolution are about to accelerate the transformation of your attitude to the fossil record."
I see. The history of political events follows a certain path towards progress in the same way that evolution does. You have discerned the secrets of this process and can now see into the future, furthermore things are progressing in a way that is favourable to you. Does it not strike you as being a bit, well, Marxist?

30 August 2008 at 13:45  
Blogger mckenzie said...

Then you have my FULL apology. I have an impulsive tendency to go for the throat of Marxist teachers who preach unionism, and who I believe have a strong part to answer for with regards to the destruction of any morals or scruples which are clearly lacking in the youth of today.
Religious teachers of a Christian nature get the benefit of my doubt (sounds very arrogant, but the nature of the beast dictates).
Your typing errors, if like mine, can be put down to the emotional nature of one's convictions, and no reflection upon education and teaching skills.
At times, you would find it hard to believe I am a serious Christian , but I still suffer from anger, disillusionment and a whole host of other human qualities for which I apologise for (but in no way beg for forgiveness).
I was dragged up on a council estate and fought my way through as best I could. I eff and blind like the worst of em, and find it near impossible to lose a life time of bad habits even now professing a found Christian faith. Why bother to say this? just so you know!

30 August 2008 at 13:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything follows a certain path, and the path of evolution was/is quite random at times based on causal effects.
I am merely making a somewhat obvious prediction based upon recent political causal events. My alluding to the fossil record is indeed nothing more than allusion and comparison to what I thought was your attitude and it's fate.
It takes no great 'seer' to realise what fate lies down the 'evolutionary path' for any Labour/Marxist political party.

30 August 2008 at 14:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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30 August 2008 at 14:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Running that through an online Latin/English translator tells me that it has no more efficay in meaning than the English version.

30 August 2008 at 14:53  
Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Your Grace

Merhaba [Hi]

Surely, even in these unEducated Times, Latin/Turkish should be accompanied by an Englisch Translation for Barbarians who knoweth little of these Outland Tongues

Thus :

Transmitte me Sursum, Caledoni

[A Cry, commnly heard oin the Engish branch of Startek, upon receipt of a Self-Assessment tax return
= Beam me up, Scottie]

and thus

Lorem ipsum dolor sit blah, consectetuer adipiscing elit.

[Random Words from :
Latin eg dolor = sadness
Slang eg blah = blah
pSeudo Latin = adipiscing]

Allahismarladik [Bye]

G E

30 August 2008 at 15:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wot?
I too was dragged up on a council estate and never found the need to speak latin to my peers.
Latin is only used to impress the prols anyhow!

30 August 2008 at 19:26  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace

"Pissed off"?

That barely even begins to describe my sentiments.

And Darling has suddenly come to this realisation? How slow-witted these people are.

30 August 2008 at 19:50  
Anonymous Jenny said...

"...the economic situation is not as bad people think".

Oops.

30 August 2008 at 23:34  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

Just back from my hols and hearing of un-expected shock redundancies already.

I sincerely hope Darling is over playing this to make the left look good in 1-2 years time.

What happened to the "talking ourselves into a recession" smear the left where throwing about 1 year ago ?

31 August 2008 at 23:46  

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