Gordon Brown has broken his long silence since the election as he promotes his book, 'Beyond the Crash'. Despite failing to appear in the House of Commons since his defeat in the General Election (apart from one brief intervention), he has spent the weekend attacking the Government's economic plans.
In an article for the Mirror yesterday entitled 'Why Tory cuts condemn our children to a bleak, jobless future', he wrote:
"Let us agree that cutting education – writing off half a generation of young people – is immoral and an economic waste....
Brown is still fighting the last General Election - blindly assuming that Britain can afford to continue spending huge sums for years to come. This article seems an admission that he never wanted to be forced into considering cuts in spending during the election campaign. In Brown's world we would still be spending at unsustainable rates. This is backed up by rhetoric designed to create dividing lines with his opponents and, if necessary, false choices between 'right' (Brown) and 'wrong' (anyone who disagrees with him).
To communicate effectively politicians need to consistently deliver compelling arguments in order to get their policies heard. Crucially however, they need to be believable. Throughout his time as Chancellor and Prime Minister, Brown was always consistent which allowed him to win arguments despite not necessarily being right. With this article Brown has proven, once again, that he is delusional not believable.