The BBC’s Nick Robinson seems to have reverted to type of late, neutrality cast to the winds, parroting regime-speak. Here’s his homily to Brown’s Cnut-like mission to talk down the price of oil, swallowed whole from a No.10 briefing:
"This Sunday he travels to
This is classic Gordon Brown, wrestling behind the scenes with something he genuinely believes is a major long-term problem. It will be fascinating to see what progress he can make in the weeks to come."
Wrestling behind the scenes ? Or (with a little help from you, Mr R) grandstanding in the hope British voters will gather that inflation is Someone Else’s Fault ?
If Brown wasn’t such a cluncker, one might argue he’s doing exactly what Cnut did – putting on a demonstration of impotence to prove to his followers the limitations of his powers. But a deliberate public display of impotence ? Doesn't sound much like Brown to me. More plausibly, he may actually believe he can stay the tide.