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Brown has become known as a ditherer, amongst other things. He sems to have justified that nickname again, with a belated apology to the British people, months and months after it had become a common theme amongst the commentariat that an honest apology for past mistakes might be the best way forward. It is astounding that he doesn’t realise the time for this has passed. I have often wondered whether Brown was being advised by incompetents or just ignoring good advice. Why did he come out with such an outrageous lie as his denial he had planned an election last autumn? Didn’t someone advise him to soften the lie, to include some element of truth? Isn’t that what communications advisers do? Has he now finally decided to do what he was urged to do months ago?

He has this to say:

“We need to be honest with ourselves: while poverty has been reduced and the rise in inequality halted, social mobility has not improved in Britain as we would have wanted,” he said.

“A child’s social class background at birth is still the best predictor of how well he or she will do at school and later on in life.

“Our ambitions for a fairer Britain cannot be satisfied in the face of these injustices.”

Look, aspirations to a fairer society are understandable, and even admirable. But he is even farther removed from reality than we thought if he thinks that the country hates him because its been looking at the latest equality figures from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

People are angry because he’s cocked up the economy. They’re worried about the value of their house, and whether they’re going to lose their job, and if they do, whether they’ll be able to find another one. They’re pissed off with the prices of fuels and foods. They want to know if banks are going to go bust, and whether their pensions are safe.

The time for all this equality frippery was LAST YEAR, Gordon. Before the financial crisis and the fears of full-blown recession.

It’s hard not to come to the concusion that we have allowed ourselves a Labour government as a luxury when times were good. We allowed ourselves to be fooled into thinking that hard-headed policies on employment, benefits and taxes were a product of a selfish mindset. We tried to salve our consciences by electing a gang who were about more than that. The outcome has been a disaster, and yet Brown is still rabbiting on as if people are worried about the promises of ’97.

Gordon, no-one remembers ’97. Get over the fact that it wasn’t you who sat on top of that massive majority, it wasn’t you who got to mouth the touchy-feely language of inclusion when everyone was rich enough to care. Don’t apologize for something no-one except the multi-millionare Guardian commentariat are thinking about, apologize for wrecking the economy.

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