Sunday, February 01, 2009
I'm just watching the Prime Minister being interviewed from Davos on the Politics Show. The likeness is uncanny. Its exactly like watching Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon. Nothing at all to do with Nixonian wrongdoing of course. No reason to think Gordon Brown is anything but an honest man. But the long rambling answers, completely divorced from the questions that Jon Sopel is asking! According to the Prime Minister, everyone else has been making mistakes except him. Some newspaper reports had led us to believe that he was going to admit some culpability for the failures in the regulatory system which allowed the banks to succumb to irresponsible madness - but No. Since it told us that Britain is the worst placed economy to cope with the financial crisis, even the International Monetary Fund is no longer worth listening to. When the film credits rolled at the Shrewsbury multi-screen last week, the cinema goers were feeling sorry for Nixon. Having watched our Prime Minister today, I feel sure that it will not be long until the British people begin to feel sorry for him as well.