Happy memories

FOR the first time I can recall, former premier John Major has emerged into the daylight to say something not completely negative about one of his successors. I’ve been deeply unimpressed by JM’s occasional forays into public discourse because they were, until now, invariably negative and bitter about Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.

He says GB has, in the past, received more praise than he deserved and is now receiving more criticism than he deserves. Perhaps he’s been put into a better mood by all those commentators and Tory politicians who have been trying to draw parallels between now and the dying years of Conservative government over which he presided. Pretty deluded stuff. Those tempted to draw too many conclusions should read Gyles Brandreth’s brilliant “Breaking the Code”, his Westminster diaries covering the years 1992 to 1997. Whatever difficulties the government is facing right now are as nothing compared with the disaster of the Tories under Major. Cheered me up no end.

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10 responses to “Happy memories

  1. Will S

    In the end, governments are judged by the legacies that they leave. JM left an intact economy and financial assets when he lost his job. I’m afraid that GB won’t be able to claim the same when he leaves office.

  2. John

    The trouble with Sir JM and GB is that they are both as dull as ditchwater.Sitting in the Commons listening to them giving speeches must be excruciatingly painful.
    I briefly watched the Parliament channel last night, I’m sure it was you sitting on the front bench, fidgeting.Don’t blame you though, it must be very tedious sometimes.

  3. Johnny Norfolk

    I agree with Will.

    Brown was not a good chancelor at all. He has made no provision for difficult times at all. Its just more of the same old Labour, always tax to much and spend to much.
    What happend to Browns ‘ no more boom and bust’.
    What qualifications or experience does Brown have to run the country ?

    He is a disaster and you must know it.

  4. Frank Davis

    “Whatever difficulties the government is facing right now are as nothing compared with the disaster of the Tories under Major.”

    Really? Wishful thinking, I suspect. I think they’re in far, far worse trouble than the Tories ever were.

  5. John – no, it wasn’t me. I’m in Glasgow East

  6. John

    Sure it was you Tom.
    Probably a recording from another day.
    R. Kelly was at the box.

  7. Sir John had one shining asset. He loved cricket. All GB can sport is Raith Rovers.

  8. wrinkled weasel

    “Whatever difficulties the government is facing right now are as nothing…”

    I do hope you stifled a guilty chuckle when you wrote that.

    Black Wednesday: Cost to Nation – £3 Billion.
    Northern Rock: Cost to Nation – £100 Billion +.
    The Falklands war: Cost to Nation, 1000 lives lost between both sides.
    Iraq: Cost to Nation – between 600,000 and 1,000,000 dead as a direct result of war.

    Removing smug scowl from Brown’s face: cost to Nation – priceless.

    For some things in life their is sanity and truth. For all the rest, their is Neu Labour.

  9. Left Field

    Will S,

    Don’t forget JM’s other legacies of “The Cones Hotline” and the privatisation British Rail, or perhaps you would prefer to. 😉

  10. andy

    “Whatever difficulties the government is facing right now are as nothing compared with the disaster of the Tories under Major”

    I think you are deluding yourself here Tom.
    I have never known a PM or infact a government as unpopular as this, and I remember the winter of discontent.
    As in PMQs today, all GB had to fall back on were
    false stas on smoking prevalence since the smoking ban. This legislation was brought in after Labour caved in to the Health lobby, perhaps to engender a feel good factor. Instead of believing the science by press release, and associated spin from the Health lobby, GB should realise that the ban has alienated Labour’s core support. The inept handling of the economy, war mongering foreign policy and further attacks on civil liberties has placed middle England firmly in David Cameron’s pocket.

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