First Gordon Brown ignored the advice of civil servants and embarked upon his devastating raid on the nation’s pensions. Now we learn from The Sunday Times that he ignored the advice of the Bank of England when, from 1999 to 2002, he sold much of the nation’s gold reserve. His pig-headedness cost the nation an estimated £2bn.
Hardly a day goes by at the moment without a damaging headline about Gordon Brown. This website isn’t complaining – oh no – but it is interesting that stories that previously couldn’t be sold to newspapers are suddenly getting splashed across front pages – day after day after day. Both the pensions and gold sale stories are not new stories. The Tories have been trying to get the nation angered at them on many previous occasions.
What has changed is that the media are now in herd-like pursuit of Brown. Probably because they want a leadership contest.
I suggest therefore that we should institute Brown’s law and Brown’s law states the following:
"80% of the size of a story depends upon the mood of the journalistic pack and 20% on the intrinsic importance of the underlying news event."
Or perhaps it should be 90% to 10%?
Related link: Gordon Brown and the real New Labour project