Deborah Orr accuses the Prime Minister of "short-term populism" in his refence to the Scottish neverendum. A pithy line I rather liked and one which seems to have kicked off a debate. But then again Deborah Orr has never seen a Tory she didn't like. #
A wearisome tour of recent political history reveals some odd perspectives. All Prime Ministers go for wars as domestic policy is too distracting, and Libya's no fly zone is equated with the full scale invasion of Iraq. Blameron is damned but Brown is praised as the saviour, if only of banks.
Only when the global financial crisis struck did Brown step on to the international stage and become sure of himself (even if he didn't convince the electorate). Brown went so far, in what was surely a Freudian slip, as to declare that he had "saved the world". He hadn't. He'd just saved the Anglo-American banks.
With this bizarre retelling of recent events, I think that I shall take Orr's 'insights' on Prime Ministers, their motives and their actions, with the same rolled eyes as her recasting of electoral arithmetic giving the SNP a balance of power in Parliament (highly unlikely, that improbable Abyssinian emperor).