Sunday, January 10, 2010

British PM inspired by Mandela

Poor Gordon Brown. He's a man on his uppers. Having withstood repeated attempts by his own inner circle to oust him as labour leader, he somehow limps on. It must have made him feel pretty lousy to recently have been voted the worlds' worst dressed politician. Somehow the poor bastard keeps hanging on in a ghoulish Churchillian fashion, passing off his obstinacy as "determination."

No Gordon, it's called stubbornness.

No doubt he avidly logs on to see the latest offering from
Guido Fawkes, just so he can gauge public opinion (instead of it being fed to him by his middle manager cronies) I wonder if he is even aware that we want him to cling on to power and receive the humiliation he so richly deserves in the upcoming elections?

Who can blame him for turning to Mandela for a little inspiration?

Barf Bags anyone?

London - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on Sunday dismissed a failed political plot against him as "silliness", and revealed he is turning to Nelson Mandela for inspiration ahead of the general election.

Although a call last week by two former ministers for a vote on Brown's leadership fizzled out, there was a fresh reminder of the Labour premier's weakness on Sunday when a former senior party figure called on him to quit.

Fighting back after a bruising week, Brown gave an interview to the
News of the World, Britain's biggest selling tabloid, insisting he was not going to spend his time "dealing with things that, in my view, have been a form of silliness."

He also vowed to serve a full term if he wins the election, which must be held by June.

Brown disclosed that he was inspired over the Christmas break by the film
Invictus, which tells the story of then South African president Mandela and the country's rugby union team at the 1995 World Cup, in the years right after the end of apartheid and white minority rule. "The Nelson Mandela film, you will be interested to know, is about determination. And that is what I am all about," Brown said.

He also has been reading
the poem by William Ernest Henley which gave the film its name and contains the lines: "Under the bludgeonings of fate/My head is bloody, but unbowed". "Invictus is very interesting because it's a poem (Mandela) gave to the South African rugby captain Francois Pienaar and says, 'This is a poem that influenced me when I was in prison and it should influence you,'" Brown said. "The poem certainly made an impact on me."

Brown added the he has been talking to his predecessor Tony Blair, who he described as "one of the greatest British prime ministers".

"Tony and I talk a lot," Brown said. "We have kept in touch and I'll be drawing on his advice, as I always do."

Blair is expected to give evidence to Britain's public inquiry on the Iraq war within a few weeks amid reports some Labour figures are worried his testimony could prove embarrassing to the party ahead of the election.

Meanwhile, the fall-out from last week's failed leadership coup continued as Peter Watt, a former Labour general secretary who resigned in 2007, urged Brown to stand aside "for the sake of Labour".

"Gordon is a big political figure but he lacks the emotional intelligence required by a modern leader," Watt told the Mail on Sunday, which is also publishing extracts from his memoirs.

In them, Watt describes Downing Street under Brown as "a shambles... completely dysfunctional", and said of his premiership: "Gordon was simply making it up as he went along."

Despite some plotting against Brown's leadership, support for his Labour party has increased slightly in the last month, according to the latest ICM opinion poll for the Sunday Telegraph.

It gave David Cameron's main opposition Conservatives an unchanged 40% support, compared to 30% for Labour, up one percent. ICM interviewed 1 003 adults by telephone on Wednesday and Thursday.

The poll also found that 41% of voters thought Labour would do better without Brown as leader, compared to 35%t who thought the party would do worse.
Cameron told the BBC Sunday that Britain "needs an election" soon. Both parties have already effectively been campaigning since the start of the new year.

"If anything the last week demonstrates that we need to have strong determined leadership from a united government," Cameron said.

"We can't get that from Labour and Gordon Brown and an increasing number of people in the Labour party seem to be saying that."

9 Opinion(s):

Vanilla Ice said...

What a pathetic weasel. He is now trying to associate himself with Mandela in an effort to lift his flagging popularity.

Give me a break; is he not aware that Mandela despised weakness? He had more respect for PW Botha than he has for FW.

Exzanian said...

VI - It's great to see the "you might like" tag is spot on in linking key words and identifying articles related to each other....

Viking said...

I wish someone would lock up Gordon Brown for 27 years.

Pensioner said...

Inspired by Mandela, Speaks to Tony Blair on a regular basis and he considers Tony Blair "one of the greatest British prime ministers"???? What a load of political crap talk, they hate each other. Gordon Brown has to be one of the most uninspiring politicians in the world, and all politicians are arse hole in my mind anyway. You can see that there is an election due in Britain. He has driven Britain to the brink of bankruptcy and he has hopes of being re-elected, illusions of grandeur me thinks. He is a doos

Islandshark said...

@ Viking: Are you kidding? Have you seen British prisons lately? Better facilities than 3-star hotels...

Laager said...

Brown (i.e.the Labour Party) is even sadder than you think

Last year when Zimbabwe was making the news, in an interview he stated that "we" (i.e. the Govt and the British people) "will provide the aid to help you rebuild your country"

Think about the stupidity of that statement for a moment.

Britain is actually responsible for destroying Rhodesia/Zimbabwe in the first place

Under white government, and the Smith regime in particular - despite a bush war - there was no hunger; there was no employment - indeed there was full employment and all the services worked

True, a milder form of apartheid existed, but an evolutionary process/policy of upliftment and assimilation was being practiced.

However, Britain (both Conservative and Labour Governments) in an effort to curry favour with the OAU deemed Rhodesia was a worthwhile sacrifice. Plus they had to save face and could not be seen to have the tail - a recalcitrant colony - wagging the dog.

Despite umpteen warnings and predictions by white Rhodesians that what we see today would come to pass, Britain capitualted to OAU demands and a fully functional country was thrown to the wolves.

There are even idiotic UK charities who exort the public to donate to funds to assist Zimbabwe. One of them succeeded in raising £50,000. At the same time another fund raising campaign raised £10million to buy a famous painting and keep it in the UK

That shows you how much the British public really cares about Zimbabwe.

The only obligation Britain has to Zimbabwe is a re-patriation policy to assist the whites who are the descendents of British settlers to get out of the place and start again in a new country of their chance

The blacks wanted instant freedom. They got it. now let them sort their own mess out.

Exzanian said...

Laager Ja, whenever I walk in High Street and see that green "Oxfam" sign, I really want to throw up. It is that lilly liver British hypocrisy reminder...

Islandshark said...

And people still ask me why I swear at idiots in the street wanting donations off me for starving African kids...

Anonymous said...

The rot that is now destroying Britain can be traced back to the self-inflicted defeat of Rhodesia.

Powell saw it. Hardly anyone else, or if they did, they shut up.