How Gordon Brown Broke Britain…

British author, corporate policy advisor and self-styled “renegade economist” Fred Harrison argues that British Prime Minster Gordon Brown ruined the U.K.’s economy and exposed people to an economic meltdown which could have been avoided had it not been for his delusional thinking and catastrophic mismanagement both as Chancellor and now Prime Minster.

Update: Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan “rips the bark off” Gordon Brown with a three minute tirade following a speech the British PM had delivered to the European Parliament in Strasbourg in advance of the G20 summit in London.

10 Replies to “How Gordon Brown Broke Britain…”

  1. This is so extreme, I find it hard to take the guy seriously. It’s all opinion and no evidence.

    I stopped watching after the housing part, where he seems shocked that housing prices went down after record numbers of houses were built.

  2. What did you want… pie charts and graphs? I believe he’s substantially correct. Britain is like America writ small at this point and for many of the same reasons… The fact of the matter is that it’s insolvent and in such a woeful state of affairs that I’m given to understand David Cameron is seriously panicked at the prospect of having to assume the helm of a sinking ship when Labour inevitably goes down to defeat in the next general election.

  3. “a Brehznev era aparatchik echoing the party line”

    Couldn’t find a better way to describe any member of our government.

  4. That was a good one.

    The whole nautical metaphor at the outset was wonderfully drawn too.

    “Well, it is true that we are all sailing together into the squalls. But not every vessel in the convoy is in the same dilapidated condition. Other ships used the good years to caulk their hulls and clear their rigging; in other words – to pay off debt. But you used the good years to raise borrowing yet further. As a consequence, under your captaincy, our hull is pressed deep into the water line under the accumulated weight of your debt.”


  5. I thought shades of William Hague myself but both are known for their eloquence. I think it’s the cheekiness of Hague that I like and even see a hint in Hannan’s speech.

  6. Gordon Brown has proved on almost every measure that he has failed to govern the UK.
    How can New Labour fight an election based on what Cameron ‘might do’ when Brown has proved without dispute that he unable to govern the UK and has put us into recession and given us years of high taxes and reduced services to pay back the debts!

    How badly does a labour leader have to perform before the Labour hierarchy decide that he (or she) cannot do the job? If Brown was a managing director of a company he would have gone a long time ago!

  7. The word “beleaguered” always comes to mind whenever I think of Gordon Brown.

    I think it’s time for a new broom of some kind but the alternatives aren’t exactly compelling or necessarily desirable…

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