April 22, 2011
Gordon Brown is rumoured to be in the running for the job of head of the International Monetary Fund. It’s ridiculous that political failure should be rewarded with another top job; and the former prime minister is far from being the only example of this trend. . . .
THE sun is shining. The birds are singing. The lovely, long Easter holiday weekend is just a day away. So I’m quite sure the very last image you want planted in your joyous carefree mind right now is a pair of dark sluglike eyebrows, a jowly, pugnacious chin and an eerily familiar voice saying in a deep, dour Scottish accent: “Och, a £270,000 salary and a chance to ruin the global economy just like I ruined the British economy? That’ll suit me very nicely, thank you!”
I’m referring, of course, to our unlamented ex-prime minister Gordon Brown and the truly horrifying rumour that he might be next in line for the job of head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Quite possibly it will come to naught: after all it would be a bit like putting King Herod in charge of childcare or Dracula in charge of the blood bank. Still, the fact that such a grotesquely wrongheaded appointment is considered speaks volumes about the democratic unaccountability which has grown rampant in our dismal era. “All political lives end in failure,” Enoch Powell once famously said. Not any more they don’t.
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