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Brown’s version of events

13 July 2011

13 July 2011

Gordon Brown’s speech in the House of Commons just now was remarkable. It was completely deluded, one of the most one-sided versions of history you’re ever likely to hear. Abetted by
the Speaker, Brown spoke for what must have been at least half an hour trying to justify his record in office and depict himself as someone who was prepared to take on the Murdoch empire, which he
certainly was not while News International was supporting Labour.

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Rather than acknowledging—as Ed Miliband and Peter Mandelson have—, that Labour got far too close to News International and was too scared of it, he presented an entirely self-serving
version of history. To the fury of the Tory benches, he ignored that he and Sarah Brown assiduously courted Rebekah Brooks. There was no recognition of the fact that he did his utmost to impress
the Murdochs and the Murdoch papers.

But buried beneath the self-justifying bombast there were some serious points. Most notably, Brown’s allegation that in 2002 the police warned Rebekah Brooks that there were criminals working
on her behalf.


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  • RCE

    “We also, I think, suffered from his propensity to have rushes of blood to the head and pass various stories and information to journalists without appropriate prior consultation.”

    Here’s one for the ‘Coulson posed a threat to national security’ crowd:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/8637750/Alastair-Campbell-was-unguided-missile-MI6-officer-tells-Iraq-Inquiry.html

  • Simon Stephenson.

    Baron

    There are some good points made in Adrian Hamilton’s article in today’s Independent. What do you think?

    The sodding website won’t let me post the link, even if I change the first h to a *, so I’ve had to delete it – but it’s easy enough to find the article on the Independent’s website.

  • Simon Stephenson.

    Baron : 5.43pm

    “well meaning Simon: “how you achieve the effective operation of the process of countering power-abuse…”

    How about tweaking the selection process of candidates (local primaries), the electoral system (PR) so that we get better calibre of people with a stronger moral compass to the House”

    Because too great a proportion of the population don’t care. They don’t see any need whatsoever to involve themselves in political debate or in social decision-making generally. To my mind, they’ve been taught/conditioned by the left-leaning educational establishment to be supine acceptors of the idea that society must be dominated by authoritarian hierarchies. Mainstream thinking goes along the lines of:-

    Little me? What can I do about it? Nothing. All I can do is to feather and protect my own micro-world, and hope I don’t fall foul of the big boys

    Why doesn’t one of the Parties (perhaps the Liberals – they’re supposed to be liberal, right?) stand on the agenda of taking education by the scruff of the neck, and devoting it to turning out young adults who find bad faith abhorrent, respect due process and the dignity of other people, understand the importance of proportion, are fully au fait with Thouless’s Straight and Crooked Thinking, and who appreciate that a decent life for them is only going to happen through having a decent society, which in turn will only happen if the people, not the hierarchy, build it. The Party which does this will romp home.

  • Tankus

    @ CPT”But I seriously doubt it – no matter how much you hope, when it’s all over and done, these relationships of Blair/Brown and NI will be shown to be nothing more than arms-length pragmatic arse-licking.”
    From the telegraph http://tinyurl.com/6fwjp8w
    “Let me put it another way. Sarah and Gordon Brown were so devastated by Brooks’s exposure of their baby’s illness that they invited her to a girly sleepover at Chequers. The other guests included Wendy Deng, the present Mrs Murdoch, and Rupert’s daughter, Elizabeth. These people weren’t just getting into bed together; they were throwing a pyjama party, for heaven’s sake.”

    brings a new meaning to your statement ..eh CPK ?

    and
    “Truly shocking, but then I think back to the jolt I felt when I heard that, four years earlier, the Browns had invited several tabloid editors to the funeral of their daughter, who tragically died at 10 days old.”
    red ed is not the only one who doesn’t get it !

  • Baron

    and lastly, Simon, before I buzz off, make everyone happy, in the DT today, so the Kapo says, Philip Johnston, one of my favorite observers of life quotes AJP Taylor: “A sensible, law abiding Englishman could pass through life and hardly notice the existence of the State, beyong the Post Office and the policeman”.

    I like that, like it a lot, do you?

  • Baron

    Cameo Parkway Kid, have laboured through your take on things, you make little sense, and it’s mostly not because of the syntax (in my case, I hope, it’s mainly the syntax).

  • Baron

    Simon, and another thing:

    not that long ago, our MPs did a day’s work, got to the House in the evening, were paid peanuts, didn’t by and large behave like monkeys, all night sessions were rare, the country didn’t collapse. How come, ha?

    if you tell me, life’s more complex and stuff, I’ll scream.

  • Baron

    Cameo Parkway Kid, you make little sense, and it’s mostly not because of the syntax (in my case, I hope, it’s by and large the syntax).

  • Baron

    well meaning Simon: “how you achieve the effective operation of the process of countering power-abuse…”

    How about tweaking the selection process of candidates (local primaries), the electoral system (PR) so that we get better calibre of people with a stronger moral compass to the House.

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