Gordon Brown Does Hypocrisy 16

I just watched Gordon Brown talking about international development in Milton Keynes, broadcast live across all the breaking news channels.

If you switched off your critical faculties, it was a heartfelt plea for internationalism. I was jogged harshly out of semi-attention when he talked of the need to “Do something about torture”.

Well, New Labour did something about torture. They promoted it, they institutionalised a policy of employing torture to get confessions for their “War on Terror”, they co-operated with the extraordinary rendition system. Oh, and while they were at it they sacked me and tried to frame me for opposing torture.

Brown’s heartrending photos of third world destitution strangely did not include any of the many tens of thousands of children’s bodies mangled in Iraq, or victims of bombings in Afghanistan. Nor did he talk about his nice ally President Karimov.


Today was a play for the bleeding heart vote. The problem is the hearts New Labour made bleed quite literally.

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16 thoughts on “Gordon Brown Does Hypocrisy

  • E. J. Frogster

    My Song, “Gordon Brown be my Angel”, is often interpreted as satire, although it is not exactly that…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCEWhEuhRoo (lyrics annotated)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znUtocdwnYw (BETTER SOUND QUALITY)

    Brahms Lullaby

    Gordon Brown! Gordon Brown!

    Will you be my angel?

    Guardian angel is what I meant

    Will you rescue my soul?

    For you are in charge

    Of these people I wrote to

    Stephen Timms, Jack Straw

    Let me place my trust in you

    Gordon Brown! MP’s!

    Let me sing out loud

    For what you do, for my country

    For my reproductive system

    You right wrongs! My right’s been wronged

    I am desperate for you

    Not just you! There’s Jon Herring

    I’m a violated woman

    Gordon Brown, help me sleep!

    Help me sleep like a baby

    Will my babies ever come out?

    Maternal desires!

    I lost my womanhood

    In a sinister curse

    Gordon Brown! Bring it back!

    You are perfect for that!

  • Abe Rene

    Is it too late to run against Dismore with the Put An Honest Man into Parliament party?

  • arsalan

    Gordon Brown is a clown

    He always wears a frown

    Craig don’t let him get you down

    His frown will be a smile if you turn his head around

  • arsalan

    The smile will be on your face if his burred upside down

    We’ll all sing and dance upon that mound

  • ObiterJ

    New Labour have, to say the least, a very ambivalent attitude to torture. In their dark illiberal hearts they probably agree with it. Whilst sometimes condemning it verbally they do not seem to mind it being used so long as it is some other(s) doing it. Several examples of this New Labour attitude could be given – e.g. the Binyam Mohamed case and Miliband’s fight in the courts to keep certain paragraphs out of the court’s judgment.

    New Labour are, in so many ways, the most appalling government I have ever known but they still have a chance of getting back into power and they have already set in place the mechanism to manipulate the system if they do not win an outright majority. Parliament will not meet until 2 weeks after the election during which time they will try to stitch things up so that Brown can remain as P.M. The sad fact is that some other party leaders might just go along with this and support him.

  • George Dutton

    “Leader of Lib Dem Party Mr. Nick Clegg”…

    “The party’s action is a serious threat to the principles for which our country is known — democracy and free speech. Even more specifically, it makes a mockery of your party’s claim to “give power back to people.” Instead of encouraging openness and the search for truth no matter how uncomfortable the accusation or who is accused, you are demonstrating to your constituents that the powerful and the “status quo” will be protected.”…


  • Owen Lee Hugh-Mann

    Apologies for accidental double post. Some post-posting editing controls would be useful.

  • Owen Lee Hugh-Mann

    E.J Frogster: What I think would be more appropriate in the run up to the election would be for someone to bring out a cover version of D-Ream’s “Things can only get better”, sung slowly in a minor key, as a dirge, with very sparse acccompaniment on a single acoustic guitar – somewhat in the manner of the Michael Andrews/Gary Jules cover of “Mad World”. The video would have thirteen years of New Labour’s “improvements” to illustrate, from Ecclestone and Iraq, to Byers-for-hire and Afghanistan.

  • Parky

    One thing I have noticed during the 13 years of the NuLabour dictatorship has been the lack of pertinent and biting political satire on broadcast media. There has really only been Rory Bremner and Company to offer any anti-opinion to the fawning clap-trap spun out by the main-stream media. It seemed that Spiting Image was moth-balled at about the time of Blair coming to ascendency. Also Radio 4 used to offer comedy shows which relied against the governing party, when that party as Conservative. Now they all tow the line and dance to the tune of Labour.

    Sadly many people who really should know better, will continue to vote Labour in the mis-held belief that they would be better for them than the nasty Conservatives, who rightly or wrongly are believed to be the party favouring the rich and privileged. When I have suggested the Liberals as an alternative I am met with the mantra that that would be a wasted vote as they will never win. Sometimes I despair in thinking that these people deserve their personal mis-fortune for being so wilfully dumb and blissfully ignorant.

    It would seem political satire on television has been replaced whether by accident or design by so-called reality television. The plebs are now more concerned about voting for contestants in big-brother, x-factor and Britain’s got talent than for a political party who might improve their lives. For many the un-reality of reality television has replaced any critical thinking or deeper reflection. It really is the case that beer and circuses have been used to satisfy the masses while Rome burns.

  • Jives

    Yeah i saw Brown riffing on the torture theme…nauseating hypocrisy.

    New Labour and Torture?

    Guilty as sin.

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