This post was written 4 years ago, but that was then, different times. It’s had a lot of hits today, 18/9/14, so I have to place on record that my reservations about Gordon’s past career stand, but he was STUPENDOUS yesterday, in his extraordinary speech spelling out the SNP’s appalling lies. So hats off to the New Gordon. He should be First Minister, being a far greater man than the smug, lying, incompetent, bullying, reckless, gambling, egomaniacal fantasist that is Alex Salmond. Phew.
Now read on, if you wish. It’s not been edited since 2010.
“Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye
….All hope abandon ye who enter here.”
Readers of Inferno, in Dante’s Divine Comedy will recognise the quote, and the theme: a visit to somewhere truly horrible, by means of which we will learn painful truths about our own earthly struggles, and resolve to do something about our situation, while we still can, having seen the terrors that await us if we don’t.
I’m alluding to the election
What is it in Gordon’s world that makes him so remote from….normal people? Or even fairly abnormal people?
Let us examine a few simple areas of everyday life, being strangled by the dead hand of government, and see how they affect Gordon personally:
1. Buying things
When did Gordon last buy anything himself? Not just send out a flunky/SpAd/McBride, but personally enter a shop, look at the prices, open his wallet and so on. Obviously as PM it’s not ruled out, but other factors do come in, like security. My guess is that it’s not since he got married. Does he give the impression of a man who knows the price of milk? Even Tony Blair was spotted buying an ice cream.
2. Driving a car
It’s not his fault that he’s only got one working eye, but plenty of people in that situation drive. I know a one-eyed surgeon. No, Gordon is one of those rare adult males who never bothered to learn. Possibly he has had toadies to take him everywhere since university days. In any event, he has no personal experience of road tax, the cost of petrol (a massive fleecing operation by him as chancellor), the congestion charge, the costs, hassles and bullying associated with parking in towns. They’re all just sources of revenue for him.
3. Having a mortgage
Well, he had to pay for one once I suppose. Not only does Gordon not have to worry about paying his mortgage now – good secure salary, bought his North Queensferry home ages ago – he doesn’t actually pay it. We do. Guido has the details, but Downing St – free. Chequers – free. His London flat – no longer in his name, and rented out anyway. The Queensferry house – he claims the second home allowance!!!! It’s not his second home, it’s his only home.
4. Queuing for healthcare
Gordon has had plenty of use of the NHS. This author works for the NHS and knows it’s not perfect, but it’s really pretty good most of the time. However, even if you do get quality safe treatment, in order to achieve government guarantees, many sessions are heavily overbooked. People spend long periods in waiting rooms, A&E etc. Personal privacy could be better. It’s often not very user friendly. However, if you’re Gordon, you claim to use the NHS (apart from cosmetic dentistry), but you just pop in when it suits you. Which is not likely to give you an accurate impression of what it’s really like.
5. Saying whatever you like
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it..”.
It’s not difficult to get prosecuted for things you say these days. Being offended doesn’t mean someone was actually being offensive. Even if it did, isn’t freedom of speech a foundation of our civilised society? Most of us would draw a line though if someone was lying about the background to the deaths of our soldiers. Gordon evidently doesn’t realise that this matters to normal sentient beings, which tells you something about him (and his predecessor).
6. Worrying about your pension
Well, he’s an MP. No worries there. He’s completely unaffected by the savage and lucrative raids on pensions pioneered by Robert Maxwell, and taken to a peak of rapacious Big Government by…er…Gordon Brown.
7. Going anywhere by plane
We all know there’s a genuine terrorist threat, and we all put up with its ramifications. The arguments for selective screening of the travelling population are well known, but Gordon isn’t interested.
Apart from the odd strike, the single biggest misery in using our airports is heavy handed officious “security”. This will never affect Gordon, he’s set up for life, being whisked through VIP lounges, private jets, upgrades, automatic discounts, it’s all there for him. He probably thinks airport security is just a few polite questions about what’s in your bag.
Doesn’t smoke, possibly never has. Good source of revenue though, and a fabulous opportunity to boss people around, and waste untold millions in brain dead public health initiatives. Smokers are still one fifth of the electorate, a bigger group than most of the noisy pressure outfits that he does suck up to, like climate alarmists or the nauseating, unrepresentative Muslim Council of Britain . The author is not a smoker. It may be bad for you personally, but it’s a free world.
9. Going to the pub
He’s not teetotal, but he gets his booze for free (we buy it, mostly), and he’s presided over the collapse of the pub trade. Haven’t Maguire, McBride and Whelan (who sound like a firm of Irish solicitors) told him that pubs are actually enjoyable places to meet people and chat? Which brings us to…
10. Having any form of vaguely challenging conversation.
Here’s a sample, widely quoted, from the recent Politics Show:
“Q: Would you accept the criticism that came from your home secretary on this issue, that maybe you’ve been a little kind of, eye taken off the ball? I think we have cruised a bit on this because we were tackling issues like counter-terrorism. We let the focus slip.
BROWN: He said that some time ago I think and I think it’s quite –
Q: October 2009.
Q: So six months ago.
BROWN: We’ve taken, we’ve taken action to improve neighbourhood policing over these last few months, to introduce a victims’ commissioner, to make sure that anti-social behaviour is being dealt with with new rights. If you do not get –
Q: Is he right, is he right? Did you let the focus slip?
BROWN: No, I didn’t.
Q: Well did the government?
BROWN: I didn’t.
Q: Well Alan Johnson is saying the government did.
BROWN: I didn’t. We were involved in anti-terrorism, counter-terrorism. Look, for a while –”
What is he on about? Why is he quite so defensive? Can he answer coherently and to the point under mild pressure?
No, robot Brown does not compute.
The rot started early. Home was a manse, with Gordon being continuously bombarded with virtue. His recent response on being accused of bullying:
‘No, I don’t do these sorts of things. Look, I was brought up . . . my father, I never heard him say an unkind word about anyone.’ Eh?
At the age of 10 he was fast tracked in a curiously Stalinist educational programme the “E-stream”, which is seriously weirder than going to a posh school.
By this point the die was cast. Anyone who has been to university in the UK will know that student politicians are nearly all mad self-obsessed deluded types. Gordon didn’t just do student politics, by 21 he was the rector. He then took 10 years to complete a PhD. Perhaps being the rector helped.
Happily he then went and got a proper job, in the real world
Since then it’s been politics, politics, politics, and….er…politics. Very tribal politics at that, even by Labour’s standards. There is a curious period from 1980 to 1983, when he was allegedly a journalist for Scottish Television, which almost sounds like a real job. I can’t however find much evidence of what went on at this time,. When you consider the state of the BBC at the moment, and the examples of Gloria de Piero, the late Stephen Milligan et al, it’s fair to say that for many thrusting young would be politicians, TV journalism works very nicely as a foundation for a job as an MP. It’s not as if the great socialist actually worked in a factory.
The rest is history. Even with an array of toffs as Prime Minister, stretching back across the centuries, has there ever been a PM as utterly disconnected from the voters’ lives as this one?