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Kathy Gyngell: The great clunking fist quits after wrecking the economy. Cue BBC violins


Thursday night on Question Time they were at it again – eulogising the great Gordon Brown – with the honourable exception of the wonderful Jill Kirby, who stood her ground against the BBC’s quintessential ghastly lefty/liberal mouthpieces.

Yes, in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act and a lonely one.

The great deceivers, Shirley Williams and Yvette Cooper, waxed lyrical about Gordon Brown’s brilliance and public service. Jill’s indictment of the man nearly had the baroness falling off her stool. She was shocked; nay, outraged at this dose of political honesty.

It is something clearly beyond Shirley’s pale. And the Prime Minister’s too, it would seem, as he was one of the first to pay a gushing tribute to the great man.

“Gordon has given a huge amount in terms of public service and his contribution in government and Parliament,” David Cameron said earlier in the week.

Memories in politics must be shorter than I thought.

The Question Time panel, bar Jill, had no sense of the absurd. The main theme of the evening was political honesty – the public’s disbelief in and disenchantment with (lying) politicians.

Well they (we) are to blame. We have the politicians we deserve. We have opened the door and let them in first in the name of “cool Britannia” (Blair) and then in the name of “modernisation” (Cameron). The public fell for it.

The moment that Tony Blair cashed in on the death of his “People’s Princess”, the public turned its back on hard to live up to traditional values: truth, honesty, ‘stiff upper lip’ and ’striving’ and gave into the cloying sentimentality of victim and complaint culture.

Britain, as a result, is permanently on the couch – Oliver James’s brilliant metaphor of our new state of cultural being. As everyone gets ever more resentful, the politician’s main role is to placate, empathise and promise at any cost. No more nasty party. No more truth.

It’s the Stephen Fry, Russell Brand style, victim ‘my pain’ and remorse free culture.

And just guess who’s on Question Time next week? Russell Brand, David Dimbleby smirkingly revealed as he signed off the show. He should be ashamed of himself for going along with it.

This cultural bias along with the BBC’s left/liberal default is a toxic combination.

Gordon Brown, ironically was not a modern man; and he was surrounded by plain old-fashioned bullies. He did not so much wear his heart as his temper on his sleeve. But he did nothing to counter the cultural tide of sentiment.

Now his legacy is its beneficiary.

Thanks to the VBC (the Victim Broadcasting Corporation) Gordon, this great political saviour of mankind, was given a virtually uninterrupted seven-minute tribute on the Today programme. No ‘witch is dead’ for him.

Gord’s fellow left wing Scot, Jim Naughtie, set the controls for lift off for the man whose: “…political fire hasn’t dimmed”, before turning to Alastair Campbell “to picture the man”.

And boy was Alastair Campbell happy to oblige.

“Gordon is without doubt one of the political figures of our time, with a great mind and an ability to focus on really big challenges and understand the role of politics in meeting those challenges. And at his best his was absolutely brilliant. At his best, to work with he was absolutely brilliant. And equally, at other times he could be nightmare to work with. And I think sometimes with really great figures there is perhaps always a downside – and that was the downside.”

The economic catastrophe into which Brown led the country didn’t get a mention, of course. No such words were used, only that his legacy is “a matter of great debate ….and people come to different conclusions…”

I am sure, dear reader, you can guess what Mr Campbell’s take on this great debate was. Yes, that “Gordon rescued the world economy rather than destroyed it”.

And did Mr Naughtie demur for one second? Was the proverbial eyebrow raised at this description of the economic “contribution” of one of Alastair’s two political titans? (no prizes for guessing the other one).

No, of course, not. Instead Jim ( the intrepid and confrontational interviewer) encouraged Alastair Campbell to steam (or should that be emote?) ahead on the subject of the downsides of Gordon’s (unquestioned) brilliance. “There is often this link between hyper achievement and psychological issues”, meaning bad temper, said Alastair, the psycho-analyst.

So brilliant that he brought the country to its knees. Not that that bothered the newly evolved, touchy, feely Alastair, who knows about this stuff from his own personal experience of being a great man too. We were all meant to sympathise. Mr Naughtie did.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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