My goodness, Gordon Brown is boring. He makes John Major look like Frankie Howerd. His speech outside Downing Street was nothing but a series of meaningless aphorisms concluded by “… and now let the work of change begin”. What? What change?
His speech featured the sort of emptiness that earth mothers try to achieve during transcendental mediation. It made the expanses of outer space seem choc-a-bloc with matter and reason.
“At all times I will be strong in purpose, steadfast in will, resolute in action in the service of what matters to the British people, meeting the concerns and aspirations of our whole country.
“I want the best of chances for everyone. That is my mission. If we can fulfil the potential and realise the talents of all our people then I am absolutely sure that Britain can be the great global success story of this
We have, in quick succession, dumb rhetoric (“strong in purpose”, “steadfast in will” and “resolute in action” are all euphemisms for being decisive), a claim to please everybody and a conditional statement of the obvious.
The problem with trying to be everyman is that you end up being nobody-man.
it reminded me awfully of :
‘i promise to do my best, to do my duty to god and queen and to help other people, especially those at home’.
which, for your information is the brownie promise – gordon brownie.
Gordon Brownie. Excellent.
I see you had to make the old, politically incorrect Brownie promise about helping “those at home”. For cubs, as I remember it, we just had to “obey the cub scout law”. Nothing about home labour like ironing or dusting for us boys. Leave that to the Brownies and their weird magic pond rituals.