Friday, 20 March 2009

Apologise? Apologise? Apologise to who?

Just go in and ask for Operator 42 ...

Here's a bizarre story - way back on the 10th of February, Martin Bright wrote a piece saying that Whitehall Officials had been ordered to make a dvd of President Obama's apologies over the Daschle nonsense (because, of course, Obama can do no wrong) to allow Brown to learn how to apologise. A story, you would think, that your average spin-doctor would snort at before moving swiftly on. You'd be wrong. Two days later Bright reported that, rather than snorting and ignoring the tale as you'd expect them to, Brown's team were denying it. Brown's staff later weighed in with more nonsense. What did they think they would be achieving?

Bright was already speculating back then that it suggested that Brown would not be doing any apologising. Whether he should or not is a moot point, I suppose, but the Northern Rock story today suggests that Bright was right. Whether he was doing it deliberately or not, Brown was responding to allegations that the bank was mismanaged by the people he put in after nationalisation by saying it was right to nationalise it.

Obfuscation, misdirection, discombobulation, or did he just not understand the question?

3 comments:

subrosa said...

He didn't understand Calum, he has become unstable I think and so obsessed with power that he's lost it completely.

More embarrassment for him at the G20 too I've just read in the Times. Angela Merkel and co. are digging their heels in hard at Brown's proposals.

James said...

Have we really lost the battle for "whom"?

Calum Cashley said...

James, it's a reference to a song in the hope of making an Australian friend of mine smile (or slap me around the head next time she sees me) - you know, of course, that the bell tolls for whom...

SR, I think he's lost it - perhaps before he ever had it.