Vetoing Gordon Brown is not anti-Labour

Written by Total Politics has a free weekly Friday email bulletin. Follow this link to register. on 25 May 2011 in News
It's the former prime minister’s record with the UK economy precludes his attempt to run the IMF, argues Francesca Preece

David Cameron is in Gordon Brown’s bad books by all accounts, after refusing to back his predecessor as PM for the plum job heading the International Monetary Fund.

Brown’s colleagues on the Labour benches, as well as some leading economists, have condemned Cameron for political bias. They are complaining that Cameron didn’t support the appointment because Brown was from the wrong side of the chamber.

Labour MP Tom Watson is bemoaning the coalition for backing a rival candidate - Frenchwoman Christine Lagarde – who, heaven forbid, isn’t British. Could it just be that she is a superior candidate?

Frankly, the government has a right to support whoever they want, whoever they deem to be the best for the job. There is no clause whereby the candidate must be British and preferably once leader of the country.

Perhaps David Cameron and his cabinet chums (Vince Cable and Georgie Porgie) take exception to the Brown’s inept handling of the country’s finances as Chancellor and beyond.  Why should Cameron back someone that he doesn’t think is up to the job? Cameron is the one mopping up Brown’s mess!

I certainly wouldn’t trust Gordon with my finances, mainly because there isn’t much in my coffers but also because I’d soon be spiralling into a black hole of debt. Bit short this month? Borrow some, then borrow some more. Hardly surprising that Westminster doesn’t want him overseeing the world’s finances – imagine the carnage he could cause.

The audacity of the man is breathtaking. He sold off our gold reserves at closing-down prices (£2bn), unashamedly maxed out the nation’s credit cards with his eye-watering £178bn debt, and then refused to be prudent in his fiscal policy - which the world lapped up blindly. The fact that he has an advising role on the World Economic Forum is ridiculous. Isn’t that job enough for him?

Sir James Wolfensohn, Gordon’s number one fan and the former head of the World Bank, gushed about the former Chancellor in the press earlier this week, claiming that he is the best man for the job and praising his ‘vision’. Well, I may not be an economist, but it doesn’t take much vision to realise that you can’t spend yourself out of debt.

Brown’s search for support from Cameron is part of the unwritten rule that the new incumbent should ‘look after’ the man before him. Blair (Afghanistan War 2001-present, Iraq War 2003-11) sought to be a Middle Eastern peace guru. Brown (recession 2007-present) seeks to be an economics figurehead. Is there a pattern emerging here? Guilty consciences, perhaps? This jobs for the boys mentality has got to stop. We all have to make do when sacked or made redundant, so should Prime Ministers be any different?

Whether or not you agree with the Government’s cut-debt-fast plan - and I don’t like all of it (see my last blog) - at least they are trying to do something about the situation. Gordon Brown is already touring the world giving speeches on economics – the recession he helped saddle us with must give him plenty to talk about.

In his own words, he ‘saved the world, saved the banks’. But my dear Gordon, with your record self-praise is no recommendation.

Tags: David Cameron, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Gordon Brown, IMF, James Wolfensohn

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