Gordon Brown thinks the country is obliged to let him take his turn as prime minister when Tony Blair finally gives up in despair and cuts and runs.
Left : Mr. Broon's message to the electorate.
STOP PRESS : Brown's Stealth Taxes have given Britain the world's highest property taxes in 2006
STOP PRESS : Brown guaranteed that he had put an end to boom and bust during the biggest boom ever, which was based on Brown's policy of reckless spending and followed by the biggest bust in recorded history in 2008/09.
STOP PRESS : The Brown Bust is costing pensioners £3,000/year in lost income in 2014.
"Gordon is the sort of person who will give you Saturday's winning lottery numbers on Sunday afternoon and expect you to believe that he has done something clever."
"Things soon got to the point where, if you could see Gordon's mouth open, you knew he was either lying or he was at his cosmetic dentist and a self-serving and totally bogus press release about his pain threshold was on the way."
"When the going gets tough for Labour, Gordon disappears."
"Gordon is clearly a student of the Enron School of Accounting and a member of the Robert Maxwell Institute of Pension Administration."
"As a politician, if you can fake sincerity, you've cracked it. Gordon showed, when Blair announced that he was stepping down and would quit in 2 months, that he still has a long, long way to go as his speech in praise of Blair was a masterclass in insincerity. Similarly, when he heard that he would not have to go through an election to become the next Labour leader, his protestations of humility, which drew laughter from the attendant journalists, were another model of insincerity."
"Gordon suffers from the belief that he's the bee's knees. Luckily, no one else shares his delusion."
"Gordon Brown was put on Earth to remind us how good Tony Blair was." Lord Desai, 2008/04/17
"Gordon will be remembered as the Chancellor who inherited a healthy economy from the Tories and ran it into the ground in less than a decade through his Stealth Taxes and his failure to pay off government debt during the good times."
A Nation Rejoices
May, 2010 Concerned about the British economy being damaged further by Brown's dithering and attempts to cling to office despite comprehensive rejection by the nation, Her Majesty The Queen took the initiative. She summoned him to Buckingham Palace and handed Brown his P45 on behalf of an ungrateful nation.
"British Jobs for British Workers"
This was one of Gordon Brown's slogans. But 1.8 million of 2 million new jobs created under New Labour that's 90% went to immigrants.
"A One-Achievement Legacy"
All Gordon Brown managed to do right in 13 years of blundering about was to keep Britain out of the euro and he did it only to annoy Tony Blair, who was all in favour of the euro, not because he thought it was a sensible (or prudent) thing to do.
"Africa has always been my passion"
translation: Gordon has no friends at home by he thinks he can buy friends abroad by throwing millions of pounds of British taxpayers' cash at corrupt African dictators.
"An end to spin, guaranteed!"
Gordon Brown promised to put an end to the stream of slimy progaganda, which was one of the signatures of the Blair government, but he gave us Damian McBride, who was paid £60,000/year of taxpayers' cash to smear Brown's enemies (both inside and outside his party) and run New Labour's dirty tricks department for the Brown Era.
Gordon Brown brought twice-disgraced Peter Mandelson back into the Cabinet by giving him a peerage right at the moment when:
Armed Forced Betrayed, Military Covenant Broken
Like the rest of the New Labour sheep, Brown went along with Blair's foreign wars. But he failed to budget enough money to let the armed forces maintain sufficient numbers to be effective and buy the equipment that they needed to survive.
Auditor General's opinion on Brown
Sir Jon Bourn concluded in July 2006 that Brown's 'flagship' tax credit system is a failure, which wastes £1.3 billion per year on mistakes, fraud and cynical attempts by the Treasury to manipulate official statistics. Brown's reckless expansion of means-testing was branded 'ridiculous'.
Benefit Trap Retained
Brown's 'flagship' tax credit system was supposed to give poor families an incentive to send someone out to work and get off benefits. But the 'reforms' introduced since 1997 add up to a disincentive for poorer people to find work, an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has shown. Brown's endless meddling with the system, and his passion for means-testing, has left poorer families in a state where if they earn more money, they lose large chunks of their benefits.
"Gordon's speciality is creating benefits, making the rules so complicated that less than 20% of those entitled to the benefit actually claim it, then lying about how successful the scheme was."
Black Hole Brown the Reckless Gambler
Treasury documents released in 2006 under the Free of Information Act show that Brown was well aware that he could be creating a huge black hole in private pension funds if he abolished tax relief on share dividends in 1997. But he went ahead and did it anyway, gambling, with pension fund members' money, on a rise in the stock market. He lost his gamble when share prices plunged in 2001 and 2002.
"The problem was that Brown decided it would make him look good if he pissed the nation's reserves up the wall with reckless spending. But all he achieved was to create a monstrous Brown Hole in the nation's finances."
The Bonfire that never happened
Gordon Brown promised a Bonfire of the Quangos right at the start of the New Labour scam and then proceeded allow hundreds of them to be created.
". . . British jobs for British workers"
Gordon Brown's pledge to the 2007 Labour party conference was to create British jobs for British workers. But at the end of 2009, the Office for National Statistics found that 98.5% of the 1.7 million new jobs created since 1997 had gone to foreigners and there were 730,000 fewer British people in jobs.
The "Brown Bottom"
That's what experts are calling the point in the gold market where Gordon Brown elected to sell off one-half of Britain's gold reserves as one of his early failed gambles. He chose to make the sale at the bottom of the market, and he compounded his blunder by announcing the sale well in advance, which ensured that the price had fallen even more when he began the sell-off. He obtained an average of $275 per troy ounce in 1999/2000. The price of gold had climbed above $1,000 per troy ounce by 2008, and Brown is calculated to have cost the nation £4 billion with this piece of political foolishness.
Concealed the true cost of the 2012 Olympics
In July 2005, Britain 'won' the right to stage the 2012 Olympic Games.
Corporation Tax Made Voluntary
In 1999, Brown chose to abandon Inland Revenue plans for a crackdown on tax avoidance. He tried to cosy up to big firms and chose to let them pay as little corporation tax as they could manage, leading to a fall of 21% in corporation tax receipts, despite massive increases of profits, from £26 BILLION in 2000 to £20 BILLION by 2012.
Council Tax Doubled
Brown's participation in New Labour's drive to impose more and more duties on local councils, and his grim determination not to find the money from standard taxation to pay the cost of the new duties, have combined to see Council Tax soaring year on year, and reach double 1997 values by 2005/06.
From 2010 on, the number of people retiring and becoming 'no longer economically productive' will increase rapidly. A prudent Chancellor would have built up pensions and national savings following the change of government in 1997 in anticipation of the forthcoming 'demographic drag'.
Destruction of Savings
Brown launched another sustained assaults on savings schemes in parallel with his assault on pensions. His objectives were: to wipe out all tax concessions, to make holding savings pointless and to encourage people to spend surplus cash to give the economy an artificial and unsustainable boost.
"Brown's control freakery and passion for means testing
Economy mismanaged & tax collection botched
Gordon Brown inherited an inflation-free economy which was in excellent working order from the outgoing Tory Chancellor, Kenneth Clarke. He then proceeded to dig a black hole in it through feckless expansion of the public sector and its pension requirements while telling everyone who would listen that he was making decisions for the long term.
Gordon Brown and his Chancellor, A. Darling, used the Enron business model to run the country into the ground, but they will stroll off into the sunset with fat pensions instead of enjoying free hospitality in one of Her Majesty's prisons.
Final Salary Pension Schemes Destroyed
Brown's immediate raid on pension funds via assaults on tax concessions have raised in excess of £5 billion per year since 1997, a great deal of which New Labour paid to cronies or client organizations or wasted, and made the final salary pension scheme a phenomenon which ended in the 20th Century.
Brown's 'flagship' working tax credit system rapidly became a morasse of bunging by officials; predation by fraudsters; over-payments due to excessive complication in the method used to calculate tax credit entitlements; and distress and frustration for the people whom the scheme should have helped. Claimants were overpaid £2 billion in both 2003-04 and 2004-05, most of which has been written off as unrecoverable by the Revenue & Customs Dept.
Fraud, there's no other word for it
Gordon Brown, the Treasury and his Chancellor, A. Darling, the Bank of England and the management of Lloyds TSB were all involved in a cynical campaign to swindle the small shareholders of Lloyds TSB so that the bank could take over the failed Halifax Bank of Scotland as a favour to the prime minister and to protect jobs in Scotland.
The General Election that Never Was
According to Peter Watt, Labour party general secretary from January 2006 to November 2007, the Labour machine spent weeks preparing for an election in the autumn of 2007, after Gordon Brown replaced Tony Blair. And when Brown got cold feet and called it off, he wasted £1,200,000, which his party couldn't afford to lose.
It Wisnae Me!
Gordon Brown would have us believe that the Brown Slump is down to sinister foreign powers, over which he had no control. But it wasn't foreign bankers who blew a decade's Stealth Taxes through reckless spending, it wasn't foreign bankers who squandered the Tory Party's golden legacy of a low inflation economy in excellent working order, it wasn't foreign bankers who ruined private pensions and savings in Britain, and it wasn't foreign bankers who spent a decade borrowing recklessly instead of 'fixing the roof while the sun was shining'.
Half of all pensioners can claim the pension credit, but they have to undergo a mean test first. Anyone who dares to apply for the credit has to fill in a lengthy, over-complicated form which, Brown hopes, will put pensioners off making a claim. The system is also a real disincentive to saving. Gordon Brown has established himself as a road block to pension reform through his mean-spirited obsession with micro-management.
Moral Cowardice in Office
Brown refused to sign the Lisbon treaty in December 2007 with the other EU leaders, having claimed all sorts of worthless opt-outs, lied about the impact of the treaty and reneged on a promise to hold a referendum on it. He also 'bottled out' of holding a general election in October 2007 then lied about being influenced by the state of the opinion polls. He denied being responsible for the regulation failures which led to the Northern Rock collapse. He denied bungling the fusion of HM Customs with the Inland Revenue, which put in place the laxity which let HMRC lose the personal and banking details of 25 million British citizens. And he kept pretending that he wasn't there for the Iraq war and every other catastrophe of 10 years of New Labour.
"No more boom and bust . . ."
This is what Gordon Brown promised in 1997. What he delivered was long period of reckless spending while the economy was doing well. Instead of building up the nation's reserves for the next bust, he pretended it would never happen and squandered both income and reserves.
The Northern Rock Catastrophe
The abject failure of Brown's regulation system allowed the bank's management to get away with more or less criminal recklessness, and the crisis spun out of control while Brown was dithering over whether to call an early general election. By the time he bottled out of the election, the damage was terminal.
"Not me, Gov!" Syndrome
Brown suffers from this as much as any New Labour hack. His guesstimates of government borrowing have always been short of the mark by around £5 billion but he is not to blame for that. And the increasingly huge Black Hole in his accounts, which now looks likely to include the fallout from a huge reduction in Britain's rebate from the European Union budget, is also positively nothing to do with Mr. Broon.
Promises & Lies
Before the 2005 general election, Brown promised to cut the number of people employed by the public sector. In his March 2006 Budget speech, he bragged that he had trimmed the public sector by 31,000 bodies. But in April 2006, the Office for National Statistics released figures showing that the public sector had grown by 62,000 bodies in the last year. One of them has to be lying . . .
Promises: What's one of Brown's worth?
He promised a referendum on the EU constitution, but when that was ditched and revived as the Lisbon Treaty, he sneaked across the Channel to sign the treaty all on his own in a back room and discarded the pledged referendum.
Public Finance Initiative
New Labour insisted on making all hospital building PPI projects so that Brown could cook the books and lie about the amount of public sector debt. As a result, the taxpayer ended up getting ONE hospital for the price of TWO.
The Brown Slump of 2008/09 turned into the longest recession since records of these things began in 1955. By the autumn of 2009, Brown was getting desperate for some good news and he made a series of claims that the bad times were over, ignoring the evidence. But that didn't make it go away.
Red Tape manufactured by the mile
Brown continually promised to cut red tape and remove the burden of excessive regulation. But by nature, he is a confirmed meddler, who delights in micro-management, creating more pointless regulations and requiring a mass of information, which has to be correctly filled in on a form of rain-forest-slaying proportions, if one of the little people dares to claim a concession.
Rogue Bankers or "Asleep at the wheel"
The Bank of England, the Financial Services Authority and the Treasury all failed to keep track of what criminally reckless bankers were doing. That the Treasury chose to avert its gaze has to arise from Gordon Brown's buddying up to bankers and Tony Blair's eagerness to take donations to the Labour party from them. That the Bank and the FSA also failed to do any effective regulation, despite whistles being blown right from the start of the new century, has to be down to nudges & winks from Downing Street.
Smugness, Lies & Propaganda
Mr. Brown had no problem about falsely claiming the Tory legacy of an inflation-free economy in good shape as his own work. He also persists in excluding items like the soaring cost of hospitals built under the Public Finance Initiative from the National Debt even though taxpayers will be paying for them for the next couple of generations.
He's created hundreds of them because it's in his nature to be underhand. See our feature on them.
Tax Perks for Criminals
Brown's 'flagship' tax credit system also applies to those criminals, who are allowed out of gaol during the day to do a low-paid job. They qualify for a top-up of their income. (But criminals who do work in gaol aren't).
The Ten-Pence Tax Rate Swindle
When it was introduced, the 10p tax band was offered as a brilliant way to ease people into paying tax. When it was abolished in the 2007 Budget; unheralded to let Gordon Brown grab a headline by reducing the 22p rate to 20p; it took over a year for the Labour party to realize that 5.3 million people would be worse off.
Welfare Client Culture
The Brown strategy for the nation's finances was to take as much as possible away in taxes and give some of it back mainly to Labour's supporters. Thus 90% of families, including some with an income of over £60,000 per annum, came to receive some sort of state-funded benefit or credit as part of New Labour's plan to create a culture of dependency on hand-outs from a state, which would remain forthcoming only if Labour remained in power.