Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Plus Side of a Parliament

(Hat tip: Holy Hyrax) Every once in a while, you get to watch someone with a healthy dose of common sense rip into the leader of the country for taking the wrong tack. This is British MP Daniel Hannan slamming Prime Minister Gordon Brown for his horrible economic outlook and approach.

Sadly, this would probably not go well in Congress - not only are most of the members of Congress not particularly good at speaking and getting points across in general, those that are tend to slip into dumb political gestures rather than sticking to substantive policy ideas. But it would be nice to see a member of Congress or the Senate (I don't care which side) take a similar slap at what's happening right now in this country, which is heading down almost as fast as the UK under similar policies.

Best line: "The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money."

I enjoyed the point that every British child is born into about 20,000 pounds of debt; in the USA, children today are born with $22,000~ of debt, plus whatever the interest costs. It's astounding.


  1. Wow. I don't know anything about British economics or government to know if his points are salient or not, but I admire his ability to say what he feels needs to be said. The U.S. needs to borrow some of that proper obnoxiousness (along with everything else they're borrowing...)!

  2. Hear, hear!

    I feel like transcribing that whole speech and sending it to the White House every single day. It's amazing.

    Too bad the U.S. voters won't get their say for another four years.