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Gordon Brown’s Chang Song-Thaek-style plot

12 January 2014

7:08 PM

12 January 2014

7:08 PM

Before Chang Song-Thaek was executed in North Korea last month for being a ‘wicked political careerist, trickster and traitor for all ages’, he allegedly confessed to his crimes.

‘I didn’t fix a definite time for the coup,’ he said, ‘But it was my intention to concentrate … all economic organs on the cabinet and become premier when the economy goes totally bankrupt and the state is on the verge of collapse …I thought that if I solve the problem of people’s living …by spending an enormous amount of funds …after becoming premier, the people will shout “hurrah” for me and I will succeed in a smooth way.’

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Luckily, North Korea is well enough run to have stopped this terrible chain of events. Unhappy Britain, where Gordon Brown’s identical plot was successful!


GoveThis is an extract from Charles Moore’s Spectator’s Notes in this week’s magazine. Click here to read for free with a trial of The Spectator app for iPad and iPhone. You can also subscribe with a free trial on the Kindle Fire.

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  • John Border

    Gordon was the best PM we ever had, but he wasnt given a chance.History will redeem his time.

  • Mynydd

    To link Mr Brown, or for that matter any other British politician, with North Korea is unbecoming of the Spectator. You are not the Sun, Mirror, or the Mail

    • John Border

      Relax -it’s just Moore winding you up.

      LOL!

  • Wilhelm

    It’s always interesting to know what politicians do after they leave office, it’s very revealing, Gordon Brown went off to the United Nations, to bask on the worlds stage and get the attention he craves. So he never cared about Scotland or Britain. Meanwhile Tony Blair gavalants around the World, lusting after money. So they’re a couple of phonies, looking out for themselves.

    • Wilhelm

      Plus Gordon Brown is a freemason.

      • John Border

        Whats wrong with that?

        • Wilhelm

          If you really don’t know then I can’t help you.

  • telemachus

    Mr Moore you have plumbed new depths here
    Should Gordon have been executed?
    His only crime was to be in office when Lehman blew in
    Think what a mess we would have been in if the Banks had collapsed when the inept Cameron and Osborne had been in office
    Not only would we have seen the collapse of RBS and HBOS but also the US banks that he saved
    When history of the early 21st century is perspectivised Gordon will receive plaudits from general and economic historians alike

    • Colonel Mustard

      History perspectivised? What does that mean? Re-written for party political gain by 1984 leftists like you?

      But let’s get this straight, Gordon saved the banks and the wicked bankers who had caused the crash in the first place? Hmm.

      • Mynydd

        It means that in time history will written by those with no vested interest and with no political stand point.

    • David Booth.

      Let me see- Gordon Brown borrowed billions to fritter away, allowed unrestricted immigration into this country, plundered the pensions of millions, sold off our gold reserves at a knock down price, along with Blair gave up half of our EU refund, the list is endless. The only plaudits Gordon Brown will get will be from his own reflection in the mirror!

      • Andy

        It’s ok. Telemachus can join him on the gallows.

      • Mynydd

        When Mrs Thatcher signed up to the Single Market meant she also agreed to unrestricted immigration into this country. Consequently Mr Blair/Brown and now Mr Cameron/Clegg are unable to stop EU immigration.

        • David Booth.

          Your third sentence says it all, I wonder why you date the problem to 2010, what happened then? When Gordon Brown sold the gold reserves off he was heavily criticised at the time by financial experts but Brown put most of the money into the Euro as a show of solidarity with Europe.
          As to the price of gold in 2020, in uncertain times gold is the safest of assets that’s why private investors put their own money in it.
          Even that arch anti Tory Vince Cable felt that the Royal Mail share price was fair.
          As to Gordon Brown plundering the pension funds to “invest in jobs” you fail to defend, I wonder why.
          The fact that Gordon Brown borrowed billions to squander on what? You fail to mention, I wonder why?
          Gordon Browns legacy will still be around as our grandchildren pay off the debts.
          It’s comforting to know he still has a supporter in yourself even if the likes of Miliband and Ball pretend their former boss and patron is now a non person.

      • John Border

        Cant agree. He did a great job but was misrepresented.

        • David Booth.

          Misrepresented? Were it that simple.
          “He did a great job” What at, ruining the country?

          • John Border

            Well you will remember when he was Chancellor that everyone loved him.

            • David Booth.

              “……….every on loved him” John you really need to cultivate more friends. Even in the Labour Party, when Brown was courting strong with Prudence, he was detested as an arrogant bully, and incompetent to boot.

              • John Border

                You just look at the press coverage on him early on – he was a golden boy. So tosh to your view here. I tell facts.

                He may have been a bully, I dont know, but at least he wasnt a war criminal like Blair. I think there is English racism at work in the excessive hatred of Brown.

                • David Booth.

                  “He wasn’t a war criminal like Blair” do you honestly think that Brown was unaware about Blair’s plans to invade Iraq? who do you think sorted out the financial side of that war? the Tooth Fairy!!! I’ll give you a clue, he lived next door to Blair.
                  And as for the remark about so called English racism (always a sign your running out of an argument) in my part of Scotland if Brown was on fire they wouldn’t piss on him.

                • John Border

                  You are that rare vermin , a Scots Tory. Blair did the war so dont blame Brown even if he is a sell out to finance.

                  I have loads of arguments ;dont worry, chumpo.

                  I see you slither way from my points above.

                  I bet those in your part of Scotland WOULD piss on you!

                • David Booth.

                  First you start crying racism, then you start with the personnel abuse what’s next John, throwing a tantrum. Grow up man.

                • John Border

                  I NEVER throw wobblies! Silly boy.

                  Personnel abuse is not the same as personal abuse – if you want to learn from me , start with decent grammar.. Or you look really thick.

                • David Booth.

                  I would check your own grammar John “Or you look really thick”!!!

                • John Border

                  My grammar is perfect. Yours is sh*te. And you ARE thick to post this! Poor sod…

                  “I would check your own grammar John “Or you look really thick”!!!”

                • David Booth.

                  As you are perfect John.
                  Well I must terminate our delightful chat, I have a job to go to, not something i suspect puts demands on your own time “Perfect John”

                • John Border

                  Explain your use of ‘personnel’ . I wouldn’t mind your slithering but you had the gall to try to correct me. Illiterate thug. Creepy weasel.

                  You’re right on one thing only; I don’t work. I scooped up so much taxpayers’ dosh via quantitive easing (or printing money) that I will never need to work again. Mugs, all of you. You fund my lifestyle.

                  While you post from work…..LOL!

    • HookesLaw

      As ever you keep up your pretence. Lehman bros was just a symptom. The cause was the poorly regulated finanical system which allowed the banks to take on board a load of unsecured bad loans by means of supposedly very clever special vehicles. Brown did not know what was going on and uinfortunately for him he was in office at the time — it was his responsibility.

      It was Brown who allowed building societies like Northern Rock to borrow short and lend long.
      It was Brown who set up a regulation system that failed its first test.

      It was Brown who was one of several finance ministers who allowed banks to operate with minimal equity.
      It was Brown who allowed the UK to run deficits when it should have been paying money back.

      • Andy

        You forgot to mention that those two morons Miliband and Balls were up to their necks in it all too.

        • HookesLaw

          Yes – Miliband was a Special Adviser to Brown. You do wonder what he advised him on. I suspect his main purpose was to advise Brown on how wonderful and clever he (Brown that is) was.
          We know that Balls told Brown all about post-neo classical endogenous growth theory. Trouble was while they were talking about supposedly self generated growth they were corrupting education and training and busy running deficits and boosting the economy with imported labour and higher household borrowing.
          This is just one reason why Brown was the worst thing to happen to Britain since Herman Goering.

    • Greenslime

      His ONLY crime? You need sectioning mate. You are truly delusional!

      • Redrose82

        What about ruining the pensions industry. As a pensioner I saw my scheme, which had been regularly in surplus, utterly decimated due to his raiding of our funding.

    • Holly

      You forgot to mention Northern Rock, and their love of 100+% mortgages!
      It wasn’t only the mortgage lenders who should have been (self) certified, for allowing this to happen.
      Then you come on here and blame Lehman’s for being allowed to do the same.
      History, and time, will still show future generations that Labour governments always end up near bankrupting the country, and that most people will still blame Bozo, Balls, Miliband and Labour, because it is during their times in government when all the bad stuff happen.

      • sfin

        A good point – Labour have, historically, a 100% record in leaving the country in a poorer financial state than they found it.

    • ButcombeMan

      Northern Rock when it went down the tubes, was a British Bank, taking money from Britons and lending money to Britons.

      Brown allowed that to happen.

      Brown was the most incompetent and economically illiterate Chancellor of the UK since WW2. Responsible in the history books, still to be written, for “The Big Brown Mess”.

      He was and is, a pathetic apology for a politician, who the Labour Party, to their everlasting shame, allowed to get hold of the levers of power.

      They knew what he was like, they talked about it and him, behind his back.

      “Psychologically flawed” was the phrase used.

      Blair was the one person who could have stopped it.

      He bottled it.

      • David Booth.

        Gordon Brown “Psychologically Flawed”??
        Is that a euphemism for bonkers?

    • John Border

      Mr Moore has constructed this article specially for the rabid nutters online. And here they come!!!!

  • sfin

    Oh come on Charles! You are trying to draw a parallel between a ruthless dictatorship, where the people have no say in how they are governed, and…doh!

  • Curnonsky

    Chang Song Thaek was supposedly joined by his top henchmen in the doggie play pit – but it would have to be a hungry canine indeed to want to sink his fangs into Brown, Miliband or Balls. Perhaps jackals would be more appropriate.

  • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

    Brown, Blair, Campbell et al all deserve the same fate, they have done worse. Plus the BBC guilty as Lord Haw Haw.

    • HookesLaw

      Very droll from Mr Moore but the headline should be, ‘Chang Song-Thaek’s Gordon Brown style plot.

      Blair should have fed Brown to the dogs in 2001.

      • Holly

        He did wheel him out & bought ice-cream in 2005.
        That little plot got them back into government..

        And what was Michael Howard on about…..Oh yeah…immigration numbers…
        Frickin’ amazing eh….Fast forward to 2014…

        • HookesLaw

          Yes Blair was hated by lefty labour activists in 2005 – he used Brown as a shield. They got away with it even though Rover went bust at the time.

  • David Booth.

    It’s a pity Gordon Brown (the ghost MP for Kirkcaldy) won’t be sharing the same fate as
    Chang Song-Thaek.

    • Andy

      But we are more merciful. Thaek was torn to pieces by a pack of dogs apparently, although that is rather like the Fascist Labour Party.

      However, an appointment with the Hangman and his assistant would have been appropriate.

      • David Booth.

        And that’s the only vote Gordon Brown would ever get from me.

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