Gordon Brown really is the pits. Having become the most unpopular Prime Minister of modern times, and leading one of the most unpopular Government of modern times, he has spent today trying to pile blame for Labour's failings on Mrs Thatcher. Today's particular issue is social mobility. Our 'moral compass' Prime Minister, who only last year was trying to rub up against Mrs T, in an attempt to benefit from her growing fan club, is now trying to blame her for his own failure to meet child poverty targets. But the evidence suggests that the positions has actually deteriorated under Labour. I suppose we could call this a diversionary tactic if there was the slightest chance that anyone will give his 'spin' any credibility whatsoever.
After 11 years of Labour Government in which Gordon Brown has controlled the public finances, British people born poor stay poor. Even in the area where his rhetoric is strongest, the Prime Minister's performance is failure. And what is he proposing to reverse this. Some quite small scale pilot projects, the one being given prominence by the BBC being to give public money to families who join schemes which include health checks and nutritional advice to improve social development. I'm not going to disagree with this until I see what evidence the proposal is based on - but it does smack of Gordon Brown's belief that just throwing public money at every problem is the answer. But by trying to throw all the blame on a woman, who was ten times the man he is, Gordon Brown has diminished himself in the eyes of the British people today.