Sadly he will need surgery for
that thumb long before we are
saved from his incompetence

The Treasury Select Committee report on the 10% Tax Rate Imbroglio reveals that even Labour’s Ovine & Bovine have now worked out something the rest of us knew many long years ago: that, far from being the greatest Chancellor of the Exchequer ever or a Great Statesman, Gordon Brown is no more than grubby political chancer motivated by narrow tribal imperatives.

Their report (The Times and elsewhere) condemns him utterly for his having abolished in the 2007 Budget the 10% Tax Rate in favour of an show-stopping cut of 2% to the basic rate of income tax which has long been alleged by Labour’s opponents to have been no more and no less than a crude attempt to wrong-foot The Tories. This Labour dominated committee rightly describes McStalin as having acted for the”perceived benefit of seeming to pull rabbits from the hat”.

Everyone, bar the mulish lickspittles who would praise this broken reed come what may, is therefore agreed: Gordon Brown acted in 2007 not in the national interst when setting the Budget but for the narrow sectarian electoral interests of the Labour Party.

Few should now doubt but that that self same narrow sectarian interest guides almost every decision he makes: how will this or that enhance my and my party’s standing with the electorate? The 10% Tax rate abolition was done only for those reasons and was designed to be the centrepiece for a General Election in the autumn of 2007 or early spring of 2008 (before the effect of the rate kicked in).

Instead McStalin returned to the drawing board once more to nuance the political calculations of his and his party’s interest and his gutless yellow streak welled up inside him and he picked up his skirts and fled the scene.

Thus he was hoist with his own petard, doomed to sit and wonder for the next six months when his illusionist’s trick would come back to haunt him, as inevitably it would. Sure enough it came back to bite him just in time to cause a veritable train-wreck to the election results of this Spring, in local elections and in the London Mayoralty. Those who live by the Magician’s trick, die by it too.

Now his own party manoeuvres to see just how clear a shot it can get at his back with a view to plunging a very large knife into it.

We have, of course, been told that the Chancellor is going to fix Gordon Brown’s shabby little trick by spending £2.7 bn of YOUR money to buy back the affections of those affected by his stunt. Or at least we thought it would be £2.7 bn. We now discover that it is going to cost at least another £1 bn to sort the mess out completely:

“The 13 May measures, whilst welcome, do not go far enough. There are still 1.1 million losing households, many of whom are on low income incomes and who are being hit hard by rising food and fuel prices and the slowdown in the economy.

“The government’s short-term priority must be to make every effort to compensate these people in full. The government must not let this issue slide into the background and will need to produce fresh proposals to fully compensate these 1.1 million households by the time of the 2008 pre-budget report.”

And that, says The Times, will cost an extra £1 bn.

The Labour Gerrymander has now reached the stage where it not merely attempts to fiddle the electoral rules to its own considerable advantage, but it now treats the earnings of every Briton and British company as being its own private piggy bank which it might plunder at will to shore up its own rapidly-declining position, to help lift it up once more from the degradation into which it has fallen.

Thus Gordon Brown and His (Not so) Merrie Men turn the story of Robin Hood on its head: now they rob the rich, the well-off, the comfortable, the struggling and the poor to pay for Labour’s prospects at the Ballot Box.

Fortunately the long-suffering British public, who in 1997 were bamboozled once more by Smuggo into letting Labour loose on their wallets, have had the lessons of 1945-1951, 1964-1970 and 1974-1979 forced down their throats once more. As a result we are witnessing, I believe, what will be the swiftest and most comprehensive descent into oblivion of any modern democratic political party of comparable size in the Western World. Such is the depths of their demise that it is entirely possible, if things remain as they and Labour’s decline continues, there may be less than 150 Socialists in the next Parliament, perhaps even less than 100.

It always ends thus, with the nation prostrate after a right good mugging by Labour. This time we ought to try and find a way of marginalising them completely. If that meant the odd five years here and there of rule by whatever left of centre party might emerge from the ruins, one that acknowledged the folly of ‘tax and spend, spend, spend’, that might be something we could put up with in between lengthy periods of a party that can take us to a place where we might describe ourselves as having a low-tax regime whereby we have become, as a nation, as rich as Creosus.

The worry, though, is the extent to which this irresponsible Prime Minister will continue to mortgage our nation’s future for his own shabby political ends as he conducts a scorched earth policy in advance of his own total eclipse. That will make our recovery even harder when The Tory party returns in 2010.

As McStalin confronts the ruin he has made after just one year in office as PM but ten as Chancellor, he will not be comforted by the thought that the best one can say of him is that he, and he alone, is principally responsible for it. He should, however, remember that history will remember him much less generously: it will in time label him as a political crook, a charlatan and a coward.