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We are in a world recession - is this really the time to listen to the media about 'boring' Brown?

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Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 08:41:00

Boring is good, isn't it. Maybe not for the media, but definelty for us. Isn't the media agenda for 'dynamic' news worthy politics contry top our national interest at this time? Have they been a bit spoilt by the drama of the Blair prime ministership?

Is is really the time to hand over power top the Tories who have an ideological interest in preserving the privledges of the rich - especially at this time?

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 08:41:43

and for you pedants - contrary grin

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 14:20:44

No takers?!

claricebeansmum Fri 25-Jul-08 14:22:09

'Tis quiet news time at the moment and so this is all they have to talk about.

littlewoman Fri 25-Jul-08 14:27:24

I like Gordon Brown - not dynamic, but stable. And good with the purse strings, apparently.

DeeRiguer Fri 25-Jul-08 14:30:08

your last sentence applies to labour too
they give good lip service to things but thats the size of it

pfi'd anything they can
id cards
illegal wars
shoddy interference in education
less personal freedom to demonstrate protest against them
stealth taxes everywhere

there is no difference between them..that is problem for both these political parties

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 14:33:18

No, DR, Labout have adapted to the changing world around them, things have changed yes, but they are not ideologically identical to the Tories. Really.

Anyway, can we not descend into a big steaming pot of 'everthings shite and everyones corrupt' cos thatis again, just what the media barons are depending on - our apathy!

posieflump Fri 25-Jul-08 14:37:06

I thought we're not in a recession quite yet... just a credit crunch

noddyholder Fri 25-Jul-08 14:38:41

GB seriously mismanaged the economy when he was chancellor!

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 14:49:46

Did he? We were doing extraordianritly well until a few years ago.

Mismanaged in what way - and in comparison to what?

noddyholder Fri 25-Jul-08 15:06:14

We were doing well built entirely on borrowing over spending and selling off gold.All the high street spending boom and prosperity in car sales etc etc was all built on cheap mmortgages loose lending and people getting in over their heads.He didn't save while things were good and so has no £ now to do anything about the pickle the country is in.

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 16:37:30

That's what everything was based on. You can;t take UK sopending otu of context from the global economies or their partners, acn you?

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 16:38:19

anyway, lets not get sidetracked please. Bacl to the questiolon of what the media want and what is actually good for us!

Bluebutterfly Fri 25-Jul-08 16:41:39

I don't care if he is boring or not - he was the chancellor of the exchequer until a year ago and while I strongly believe that markets are cyclical and it was only a matter of time before a recession hit - it was the labour government with Brown as chancellor who stated that they would manage the economy so that boom and bust would be a thing of the past. Anyone who spouted that crap could not have understood much about economics (and it is not like i am some expert in that field either, but it does sound too good to be true even to the most idealistic amongst us, does it not?)

youcannotbeserious Fri 25-Jul-08 16:42:58

Monkeytrousers: Is Gordon Brown paying you?

I don't give a stuff if he was a good CHancellor (which, persnoally, I don't think he was) - He isn't a good PM and the way he forced himself into power was just laughable. Makes a mokery of any sort of democracy.

He made no contingency plans in the 10 years he was Chancellor and it was bloody obvious to a fool that house prices couldn't keep going up the way they had.

People are being loaned stupid amounts of money with no reasonable way to repay it. It's stupid and it's being aided and abbetted by the government.

House prices have to fall. Sorry, but it's true. So what if they fall by 30% (worst case) - it's still a massive increase over the last 10-15 years.

noddyholder Fri 25-Jul-08 16:44:37

I have just had an offer accepted today at more than 20% off asking.No more boom and bust hmm

noddyholder Fri 25-Jul-08 16:45:17

He wasn't even bloody elected!

electricluluarella Fri 25-Jul-08 16:47:58

he basically stamped his feet , didn;t he? 'i had a deal with tony .. i am supposed to be prime minister' I bet he is ruing the day

it has been one economic disaster after another, and as he was chancellor, who can he blame?

he is unpopular, and does not have the charisma a leader needs.

Bluebutterfly Fri 25-Jul-08 16:55:15

Agree completely elect. The idea that we should look at him in isolation from the policies that he was responsible for prior to his non-election to prime ministership is ludicrous. And of course we should never look at economics out of the global context - but did anyone tell that to GB?

It seems that he did not do very much to protect the UK from potential global downturns when the economy here was strong. That makes it alot harder to weather the storm now, I think.

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 17:26:42

well we get waht we deserve I suppose

DeeRiguer Fri 25-Jul-08 18:25:36

ideologically then, what are the differences?
we now have a nhs in name only..
idont really think labour have helped the people who put them there

i dont really want the tories in either but this spell of a labour govt has shown how alike they actually are..
agree also its a sham of a democracy really when pm can be shoehorned in like gb was...

if they want me to play along they have to do better than this
last election here (mayoral) we barely got a leaflet from them (and Ken, L, Labour was in colour PURPLE not red) wtf..

Monkeytrousers Fri 25-Jul-08 20:15:49

An NHS in name only?! I workin the NHS. That is a ridiculous statement, sorry. It's difficult to engage with this level of hyperbole.

policywonk Fri 25-Jul-08 20:18:44

I agree with MT that the media is full of shit where Brown is concerned - journos are basically bored of domestic news (because they're thick and/or lazy, on the whole) and want a general election to perk things up.

However, the fact that the media is shit doesn't make Brown a good PM. He's a rabbit in the headlights - no strategy, no balls.

NotSoRampantRabbit Fri 25-Jul-08 20:29:25

I agree that it is dangerous for the media to drive the political agenda by focussing on personalities - but then it is true to say that the labour government have used the media and 'peersonality' for their own gain repeatedly in the past decade.

Boring is good, yes.

But the media didn't create the various disasters that have befallen Brown. And the fact that they lost so many local council seats, London Mayor, and all the recent bye elections cannot be solely laid at the door of the media.

I think Brown is reaping what was sown in Iraq, Afghanistan. Public opinion has turned.

Not sure what's going on with my opinion at the moment. And am sort of hoping that Brown will come through before I have to vote.

NotSoRampantRabbit Fri 25-Jul-08 20:31:27

And yes, pw, I just have a feeling that everything they do is knee-jerk and that Brown is not a level-headed political strategist but a big flapping fool without a plan.

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