Concordia Concord

On Wednesday, Boris Johnson claimed that Britain was on the verge of an “economic renaissance” and that “the UK economy has finally reached its Costa Concordia moment.” (article here). Whilst his enthusiasm is to be lauded, perhaps the re-floated Italian cruise ship wasn’t the wisest analogy to use.

The ship was run aground due to irresponsible, short-sighted and reckless behaviour by those entrusted with the task of steering it on a safe and steady course; so far, so similar. The stricken vessel then lay lifeless on the rocks for a long period of time; the metaphor continues to hold. At long last, the beleaguered bucket has the appearance of having been righted but, nonetheless, it remains substantially wrecked and will now be put into the hands of asset-strippers who will sell-off anything of worth and scrap whatever remains…

Okay, I can see where he was coming from. That was a rare and unexpected moment of political honesty from Mr Johnson.

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About Fles

Early middle-aged (oh yes I am!), no longer long-haired but still speccy and decidedly still an increasingly opinionated git. I’m basically a believer in individualism, that everybody has their own perspective and inner-beauty. I try to find humour in every situation. I enjoy reading and writing poetry.
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4 Responses to Concordia Concord

  1. “The ship was run aground due to irresponsible, short-sighted and reckless behaviour by those entrusted with the task of steering it on a safe and steady course;” You are of course alluding to Gordon Brown here 😉

  2. Public borrowing also doubled while he was Chancellor and PM. The banks were lending irresponsibly in an unregulated fashion and lending to others in an a spiders web of confusion to muddy the waters. The government must have known the situation (I believe that is why Blair left when he did) if they did not then that shows a lack of competence. The then Governor of The Bank of England, Mervin King, gave several warnings which were ignored.

    • Fles says:

      I don’t question that, and I was no fan of Brown or Blair, but public borrowing didn’t cause the collapse, bankers playing hopscotch in minefields did.

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