Thursday, 4 September 2008
Gordon Brown Speech: Tilting at Windfalls
"Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we ourselves could have wished. Do you see over yonder, friend Sancho, thirty or forty hulking giants? I intend to do battle with them and slay them. With their spoils we shall begin to be rich for this is a righteous war and the removal of so foul a brood from off the face of the earth is a service God will bless."
So said Gordon 'Quixote' Brown just last week. Tax the energy companies for windfall monies to distribute to client voters. Win the approval of the Labour backbenches; slay the media and Conservative enemies.
But tonight in his speech to the Scottish CBI Gordon did no such thing. Whilst saying that all will be fine, he also declared there will be a strong economy under his watch.
What he did not say is that he has no energy policy, he can't tax windfall profits that don't really exist as he has already taxed the oil companies to the point at which they stopped exploring the North sea for more oil. per chance next week then a real policy, to announce new nuclear and coal builds? Somehow I feel we will be disappointed.
Whilst I am happy that only small measures are to be made, all his previous sweeping policies have been disastrous, it shows the lack of ability of the Government to control or respond to events.
We are up the creek, we have no paddle and there are still forty giants over there....