Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Gordon Brown: Why He Was Hated And Loathed Like A Criminal

It is now more than 24 hours since the exit of Gordon Brown as the leader of the Labour Party and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom but I am still here wondering why he was hated and loathed by many like a criminal and pushed to resign like a village buffoon. He went through a very difficult time and was obviously lonely and alone as a Prime Minister. Even those he trusted so much deserted him when he needed them most. They broke his fragile heart and forced him to defy the law of nature by aging so far fast more than his age within few months. There were resignations and betrayals here and there as well as mutinies and campaign of hatred everywhere; even from within his own Labour Party. They loathed him, wanted to bury him alive and even concocted many reasons for this outrageous campaign of hatred. But the fact remains that those who accused him of these wrong doings cannot in actual fact intelligently say exactly what he did wrong; they often repeat what others accuse him of. One quarter wanted him to resign alleging that he is the main architect behind the recession. Their reason is because as a Chancellor of the Exchequer for over 12 years he must take responsibility for what went wrong in the financial system. The other quarter accused him of being arrogant and ambitious. But who is not?

I am chagrined by all these accusations because in actuality there are many elements of untruth in them. It is true that Gordon Brown was the Chancellor up till the moment we entered the recession but he was also the Chancellor when the economy was good and everybody enjoyed it. How then could he be suddenly accused of being responsible for the recession? That is what the British Conservative-controlled media conspired and agreed amongst themselves to give us as the main reason for the clamour for his resignation. But there is no element of truth in it. One thing we all know is that this present recession actually originated from the American housing sector. Or have we quickly forgotten how we partied and enjoyed during the boom when he was the Chancellor. We wined and dined with him when the going was so good and groovy, how then could we be so callous to abandon him now that he needed our support. I am therefore finding it very difficult to believe that Gordon was asked to leave simply because of the recession. There is a major reason for that and that is because of where he came from.

The simple truth is that the English voters are simply tired of Gordon Brown because he is Scottish and the idea of a Scottish man lording it over them is one last insult they do not wish to continue to bear. They wanted by all means one of their own and the events of the last few months has gone a long way to give credence to this fact. Many of his party members who are mostly English either abandoned him or obviously conspired with their fellow English Conservatives to resign from his government so as to weaken it and pave way for his eventual resignation and a general election. They succeeded. I am disposed to believe that it is conspiracy amongst the English voters, some Labour members in conjunction with the Conservatives to oust Gordon Brown from the office, “after all we are all English and he is a Scot”. The fact that the Liberal Democrats agreed to form a coalition government with the Conservatives says a lot because in the first place they do not have anything in common and suddenly having something in common to form a coalition government with them points to the fact that the conspiracy was not against Labour but against Brown.

Gordon brown never caused the recession. The recession simply happened in obedience to the law of economics. Boom especially the one fuelled by greed precedes burst and that is what the United Kingdom is facing today. But seeing that those he led into boom as the Chancellor have suddenly turned against him during the burst shows how callous and wicked we could be. Very wicked to the extent that members of his own party who are supposed to work with him and be there all the time come rain or sunshine and support him suddenly chickened out. This is a pure sign of betrayal and a good example of an anti-party activity. The Labour Party is like a family and when a family has got a problem, they have to come together and look for a solution to it. Chickening out is a sign of cowardice. The issue of some Labour politicians washing their dirty linen outside is completely out of question and should never be tolerated or accepted. It is not a good sign to abandon your party when you are supposed to be there to offer your shoulder for your party leader to lean on when he needs you most. What the Labour did to Gordon is not fair and that is an injustice that may come back to haunt them. Yes he is Scot and so what!

Once upon a time he was praised for the direction he was taking the UK in the battle against the recession only to be demonised few days later by the same people. But the fact remains that of all the leaders of the political parties in the UK, Gordon Brown would have been the only suitable candidate to lead this country out of this mess. He has been there for over a decade as the Chancellor and actually witnessed the signs of events that led to this recession and bearing that in mind, he will recognise the green shoot easily when they begin to come out. The Tories are pro rich and would never care about what happens to the common man.

Gordon may not be an epitome of humility but compared to David Cameron, he is above Caesar’s wife in humility and this is one thing I admired in him which David Cameron and Nick Clegg lack from every aspect. They are both arrogant. In actual fact listening to David Cameron speaking makes me sick while Nick Clegg speech makes me to vomit. They are arrogant and this is very evident from the way they addressed Gordon Brown with impunity during the house debates. With this I begin to wonder where David and Nick are going to lead us with this their level of arrogance. Gordon Brown may not be good, which I so much doubt, but David Cameron would be disastrous while Nick Clegg is likely to end up as congealed oil in a hot frying pan. Gordon sincerely speaking worked under a very difficult and different circumstance. He took over the government at a point in time when the Labour rating was irreparably damaged to the extent that they were a laughing stock before the voters. He took over from the very unpopular Tony Blair who led the nation into war in Iraq. This war was very unpopular and people transferred their anger to Brown. And the fact that he is a Scottish man in English heartland never helped the situation; it was like from frying pan into the fire.

Before the 1707 Acts of the Union that amalgamated the Scottish and English Parliament, both nations have been a separate and distinct independent government. That Union was actually opposed right from the day the idea was muted before it eventually took place in 1707. Scotland has always seen itself as an Independent nation with a very distinct culture different from that of their neighbours the English. Over the centuries there have been wars and hatred existing between the two nations. The Acts of Union helped to mellow down the whole hatred. The 1999 Devolution of Power to the Scottish Parliament with the ascension of the Scottish National Party reignited the quest for full independence. The devolution has been used by the Scottish National Party to make almost all services either free or affordable to the Scots. The English are obviously not happy with this because their thinking is that their tax money is paying for the free services being enjoyed by the Scots.

Against this background, one could perfectly understand the reason Michael Martins the former House Speaker was quickly sacked and then the pressure that eventually led to the resignation of Gordon Brown. The Conservatives are very good in what they know how to do best; creating confusion and scuttling the good intentions of the Labour Party. What a shame that the almighty Labour allowed herself to be thus used.

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