February 19th, 2008

Whose Home Will Brown & Darling Repossess First?

Right now, across the land, stringers for tabloids are looking for the first tragic but photogenic family to have their home repossessed by “the people’s bank”, Northern Rock. They will be the poster family for this whole incompetent mess.

As Goldman Sachs walk away laughing after offering counsel that will have earnt them a fee not unadjacent to £10 million for advice that Vince Cable offered for free, Tom Scholar,* Gordon Brown’s former private secretary, joined the board of the people’s bank yesterday from the Treasury. He will be not just the eyes and ears of Darling and Brown but the one who casts their vote. So much for an “arms length” relationship…

Home repossessions are already up 94% since Labour ran this poster during the 2005 general election campaign. Now the government won’t just get the blame for rising home repossessions, it will actually be repossessing homes. The state will then of course be obliged to re-house them. Welcome back to the world of socialist economics…

*The girls in the typing pool at Northern Rock should be aware that he follows in the tradition of former CEO Adam Applegarth’s hands-on management style.



Seen Elsewhere

Tory MP Tells Leftie Jon Snow to Retire | Guardian
Russell Brand’s New Book “Sub-Undergraduate Dross” | Telegraph
Tory MP Barrister Represents Monaco Billionaire | Scrapbook
MOBO Singers Slam UKIP | ITV
Could UKIP Keep Britain in the EU? | Iain Martin
Why Piketty is Wrong | ConHome
Guido Whips Politicians Into Shape | Guardian
Milburn Levelling Down | Kathy Gyngell
Crosby and Carswell Make Friends at Guido’s Dinner | Mail
Mrs Danczuk Beats Mensch to Win Guido | Telegaph
PM Congratulates Blogger Who Destroyed Minister | Mail


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Rob Colvile reviews Russell Brand’s new book:

“Oddly, the person I feel sorriest for isn’t Brand himself – although he certainly comes across as a rather pitiable figure, projecting his own brokenness on to the world around him – but Johann Hari. Drummed out of Fleet Street for plagiarism, the former Independent columnist has washed up as “my mate Johann, who’s been doing research for this book”. For a genuinely talented polemicist, it would have been a humbling experience to have to treat this sub-undergraduate dross as the scintillating wisdom of a philosopher-king.”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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