Quote of the day: on political donations

Jeff Randall, on Sky News Randall and Boulton Unleashed, just signed of with a lovely quote about Labour raising £1.49 million in donations in the second week of the campaign, against £2.22 million for the Tories, and £120,000 for the LibDems,

“If money talks, it’s not having a conversation with Nick Clegg.”

Quote of the day

Quote of the day is the last paragraph in Jeff Randall’s article in today’s Daily Telegraph, about What Gordon has done for Britain since his first budget.

“In short, sterling is in the toilet, our pensions have been slaughtered, cash savings yield almost nothing, the country is up to its neck in unprecedented debt, the banking system is awash with funny money, our gold reserves were sold off at rock-bottom prices, and Britain’s dole queue is considerably longer than before Crash Gordon began cooking the books. Apart from that, it’s not too bad.”

Oh, and there are pages and pages of reader’s comments to amuse.

“… in these difficult times …”

I lost count of the number of times Gordon Brown, in his interview on Sky, said “in these difficult times”. In one sentence I think he used the phrase twice, causing the sentence to lose all meaning. [See transcript here]

Jeff Randall is absolutely right in his article in the Daily Telegraph, commenting on the experience of interviewing Gordon, where he said his answers insulted the electorate’s intelligence.

As usual Gordon Brown was, charitably, selective with the statistics he quoted. Though Fraser Nelson, ‘The PM serves up Brownies for Sky’, has splendidly spent the time to counter Gordon’s ‘Brownies’.

I’d imagined watching the interview would be buttock-clenching, and it was.

Like Frank Luntz, HERE, my favourite to replace Gordon has always been Jack Straw, and not Milliband.

Don’t miss Sky News at 8pm tonight

The ever-wonderful and readable Jeff Randall is interviewing Gordon Brown on Sky News tonight at 8pm.

Sounds as though it’ll be buttock-clenching stuff, since his report on the interview was the lead article in today’s Daily Telegraph, ‘The sub-prime minister has led us beyond boom into bust.’

Here are some of the best bits,

“Mr Brown began: “The last time we had a world downturn, interest rates were 15 per cent, in fact they went up to 18 per cent… The last time we entered a world downturn in the early 1990s…” Oh, for goodness sake. If the best that the Prime Minister can do, after 11 years in power, is to invoke the failures of an administration that’s part of ancient history, is it any wonder that voters are looking around for a fresh source of answers to problems?”

“The Prime Minister expresses concern about oil prices, but fails to mention that his taxes form more than 60 per cent of the petrol price. He lambasts the banks for dodgy practices, but omits to point out that, as chancellor, he was the regulator-in-chief. Ask Mr Brown if he is completely blameless for the mess in public finances and he dishes out a lecture on “doing the right thing”.

“There’s no contrition, no admission of fallibility, no recognition of blunders – and most certainly no apology. This isn’t clever. It insults the electorate’s intelligence and helps explain why, like AIG, he’s doomed.”

Quote of the day: well, paragraph actually

From Jeff Randall’s superb article in today’s Daily Telegraph, HERE, about Gordon Brown.

“Mr Brown was never a great chancellor; he wasn’t even a good one. He got lucky: right job, right time. His mistake was to believe his own Budget speeches and take credit for outcomes that were wholly serendipitous. Now, as he thrashes about, blaming external factors for Britain’s plight, the prime minister looks, well, sub-prime.”

Nuff said.

Never bettered Schadenfreude

Schadenfreude, the malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others  is deliciously on display in Jeff Randall’s spot on article in today’s Daily Telegraph  HERE.

Fed up with the ‘banking crisis’ and the ‘credit crunch’, go no further, read Jeff Randall. It’ll make you feel that someone is on your side.

My ten for 2007

Here’s my top ten people in 2007.

  1. David Cameron – amazing recovery from summer errors and for ‘gutsy’ attitude
  2. General David Petraeus – providing hope to the ‘basket-case’ that is Iraq
  3. Carla Furse – seeing off the Americans and guiding the LSE to be world leader
  4. Matthew Parris – top notch political commentator [see HERE] and radio presenter
  5. David Beckham – slower in pace but still tops for commitment to England
  6. George Osborne – proof there’s talent among Tories, and courageous tactician
  7. Jeff Randall – a journalist with talent, one of my heroes, see his work HERE
  8. Guido Fawkes– top blogger, breaker of sleaze stories, and scourge of politicians
  9. Willie Walsh – boss of British Airways, rotten job handled with deft skill
  10. Humphrey Lyttelton – pure class, and always makes me laugh, HERE also

Don’t agree, think the list quixotic, well, it is MY list.