The wheels are coming off the Government

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  1. Morning all, what a fine morning it is. I am a big fan of Jeff Randall, this is a great article about the Trabby, well worth a read with your cornflakes....

    The wheels are coming off the Government

    By Jeff Randall
    Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 30/11/2007

    Gordon Brown's premiership has become the Trabant of British politics: we had to wait 10 years for delivery, then it fell apart after less than six months.

    Trabants, you will recall, were the rattle-trap motor vehicles produced by East Germany's control-freak regime. According to Time magazine, they were "constructed of recycled worthlessness". Does that sound familiar?

    An enthusiasts' website says Trabants "soon became outdated" and "everyone had a joke" about them. Like Brown, the Trabant "was the epitome of socialism: bad, not capable of doing too many things, not too efficient..."

    In its early days, Brown's leadership, which had been launched with a cheeky re-spray, pop-popped along quite convincingly. But very soon nasty noises emerged from under the bonnet; the Trabant's big end was banging.

    Smoke started billowing from its exhaust, as Northern Rock crumbled. The clutch slipped when the personal details of 25 million citizens went missing. Finally, the wheels began to wobble over "unlawful" donations.

    Only last week, The Economist, in a generally negative critique of Brown's ill-starred time at No 10, damned him with faint praise for not having "presided over any cast-iron disasters or lethal scandals". That was before spotlights were turned on the shadowy David Abrahams, his £650,000 of secret gifts to Labour, and a network of stooges through which he channelled the cash. Lethal scandal? It's getting close.

    Suddenly, the Prime Minister looks more exhausted than my knackered Trabant analogy.

    Die-hard supporters, Brown's version of the Trabant Drivers' Club, keep saying it can't possibly get any worse. But it can - and surely will. With its engine clapped out and floor pan rotting, the Prime Minister's authority is heading inexorably for the breaker's yard.

    Brown's claim to competence is already finished - kaput. He sold our gold reserves at giveaway prices, vandalised our pension schemes with the sledgehammer of tax, opened the doors to unchecked immigration (ministers have no idea how many foreign workers are here), demanded unconscionable sacrifices from our Armed Forces (for which they pay in blood), and managed the nation's money so ineptly that, despite a long period of economic growth, the United Kingdom is on course this year for a £40 billion shortfall in public finances, £6 billion more than Brown predicted in his last Budget.

    The Trabant's final journey to the crusher is pencilled in for next year, when a conflation of rising borrowing costs, falling house prices and retrenchment by lenders is expected to propel personal bankruptcies, home repossessions and other debt-related pain to electorally intolerable levels. At that point, the bashed-up chassis of Brown's credibility will be junked.

  2. in_the_cheapseats

    in_the_cheapseats LE Moderator

    The Trabby is rather a good analogy, I think.

    The depressing thing is that we have a minimum another 2 years of him and there isn't much we can do about it.
  3. With any luck his party will see him as fatally wounded and do the job for us..

    Watch for the whispers in the Whitehall corridors and speeches away from Westminster asking if we could be governed better.

    Still means a General Election will be up to 2 years away though...

    If Broon is ousted lets hope that 2 jobs Des doesn't get the job.....
  4. I'm thinking more...

  5. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    Yep, this shower of sh1te will hold on to the last minute in 2010 because they know they won't get re-elected.

    Labour, they always revert to type and fcuk it all up in the end.
  6. Yes notice the roller at the front, convenient for bulldozing their way through anything that might actaully sort this country out :evil:
  7. oldbaldy

    oldbaldy LE Moderator Good Egg (charities)
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    Nothing wrong with a Trabby:


    Unlike this shower of a government.
  8. Good point. Who would replace Broon as PM? Harriet "Workers of the World Unite" Harman? David Milliband - the only schoolboy to get a cabinet job in his gap year?

    We should be careful what we wish for.

  9. Not Flash, just Gordon.....
  10. According to the Daily Wail this morning the Whispers have already started.

    Daily Mail Article

  11. Or .... We're all following a horse's arrse
  12. Do You honestly think that any Labour MP would approach the Beezer with such wibble?
  13. Oh come on Sven, there is emnity between Harriet and Gordon at the very top of Govt. The Labour Party is waiting to fall apart, because all their useless MPs in marginal constituencies will ditch Gordon as fast as they can if they think their snouts will get pulled out of the trough.

    Alan Johnson is the only Minister who can string a sentence together and sound convincing.

    That said, I reckon the Daily Hate might have an agenda running..... 8)
  14. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Funny that - John Yates who failed to bring any charges against anyone on the Cash-for-honours rip-off; Labour officials have suggested that it would be 'odd' if he did not get involved in THIS enquiry. Now that sounds to me like he their preferred man, which, in my mind alone, suggests he is bought and paid for - of course, this is only in my deluded mind, and certainly not an accusation.

    They also say that the just-resigned boss of the Labour party should be questioned as to why he did not know this basic law on declarations for donations - in my humble oppinion - 'IGNORANCE OF THE LAW IS NO DEFENSE' - so whether he knew or not, he's guilty (allegedly).

    Lummy, I must be very careful with my words at this point - I'd hate to be derail the process!!!