Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Rage of Adam Boulton

This post or something like it managed to delete itself, so here's a rough approximation:

The best thing so far about the Great Brown Cock-Up was the sight of Adam Boulton on Sky News. He was incandescent, having, like everybody else, been told by Ed Balls, Douglas Alexander and Ed Milliband that there was certain to be an election in November. Worse still, Brown was making his non-announcement to 'a journalist' - Boulton spat out the word - meaning Andrew Marr. I have never seen a TV political correspondent so angry with his own contacts. With newspapers defecting from Brown daily, the junta has now managed to alienate the entire press pack. This is great news. Contemporary political courtiers - 'advisers' they are called - are a bad breed. They sell only snake oil and they virtualise politics by turning it into an end in itself. Brown's 'advisers' are an unusually supercilious bunch. Balls has what we call - for reasons lost in the mists of time - a 'Wapshott face'.  Anything that makes these people look like idiots should be welcomed by all right thinking people.


  1. but what of the opposition? this talk of november election make me feel ill. it's too early. if brown wins, we get a whole five years of him, with mandate. if he loses, we get five years of the economy being run like an etonian tuckshop at the end of term (see their top 10 policies - aka, their only policies).

  2. You seem to suggest that the guy from Sky believed what he'd been told rather than thinking "Why are these lying liars lying to me?". If so, it's not surprising if he feels a chump, and his job is no more than reading the news. It's hard to believe that's really the case but then what do I know. Spot on about the awful "advisers", but the powerful always need them around, and they always need the powerful around. Only a few of these frogs manage to jump clear of the scorpion - most will come to a sticky end.

  3. That old saying 'A week is a long time in politics' has never seemed more true. Brown is fatally damaged and seems an increasingly tragic figure. But rather Osborne or Hague than Lord Snooty.

  4. lol - i agree, spongebob! if they had someone else, I'd give them a chance myself (maybe).

  5. At about 7 a.m. I posted something that approximated to this....

    So there’s not to be an election anytime soon. I must admit I’m surprised because the longer Gordon hangs on in the harder it will get. However, his performance last night on the BBC news and the extract from this morning’s Andrew Marr interview gave good account of what we are in for. "I'll not be calling an election. I have a vision for change in Britain and I want to show people how in government we're implementing it,” said Gorgon.

    And what can we expect - more of the same. Politicians need to start remembering that actually doing things for the country is the principal aim of government, rather than just saying they're going to do things. Much as I worry about Dave and his boys there's a sense that that's what they’ll do; even though they’re in opposition and that makes everything easier.

    Some walking the walk to go along with talking the talk is what we need. Increasingly Brown looks demonic and sounds like a man who is out of touch. Too long in the dimly lit corridors of power make him look pasty and shifty. And as for spin, as Brown proved in his copycat speech at the Labour Party conference he’s just like Tony Blair (he’s the former PM in case anyone as forgotten).