Those whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad.

What does it say about our nation that in spite of his incompetence, fiscal recklessness, and neglect of real priorities, voters are willing to give Gordon Brown another chance? Clearly as a society, we have become so resistant to hard choices or sacrifices that we will embrace whichever party threatens us with the least personal grief. Chancellor Darling’s Budget though full of sanctimonious phrases will ring fence Labour’s huge client base of benefit claimants and state employees. But there is no easy or painless path out of our ghastly economic predicament and any politician who pretends otherwise is a shyster unfit to govern. We need a decade of prudent and forceful government to restore this country to prosperity and set a course for the sort of future our children deserve.

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