‘The King’s Speech’ is a film depicting the struggle, and eventual triumph, of King George VI in overcoming a dreadful stutter. At its worst (as portrayed by the brilliant Colin Firth) the sound coming out was incomprehensible rubbish.
As I watched this screen play unfold my mind drifted to the attempts of the another George to speak the Queen’s English. Whilst luxuriating in the palatial surroundings of Davos, Britain’s Chancellor promised “the most competitive business tax regime of any major western economy” as a precursor to his March Budget for Growth.
This George, rather than needing a speech therapist, should face the reality of his disastrous economic policies. The growth of GDP at the time of the May 2010 Election has been spectacularly reversed and this is only the beginning. The full effect of the cuts has yet to materialise.
George (the one in 11 Downing Street) is charging Enterprise Britain with the responsibility for growth. This is like asking Andy Gray, the sacked SKY TV pundit, to have dinner with Harriet Harman.
Another person who has no stutter, and, in fact, is rather fluent, is the power crazed Prime Minister. However, it might be better if what he said was, at times, unintelligible. As a Director of two Chinese companies, and the Chairman of a Corporate Finance House which has recently had its senior executives in Hong Kong and Beijing developing its business ties, it is dispiriting for me to read a headline in the ‘Daily Mail’ ( 29 January 2011) saying: “Invest in China at your peril, PM tells business.”
It is also hypocritical of Dave to advocate “that the best ideas come through free thinking and the free association of like minded people” (his words in Davos), when , in fact, simultaneously, applying totalitarian restrictions to those who may question the efficacy of George’s economic judgement. This micro-management, and the emasculation of Conservative Backbenchers (as powerfully exposed by Tim Montgomerie on http://conservativehome.blogs.com), merely confirms to me that the PM is alarmingly controlled by his inner circle, less Andy Coulson, but still with the neo-Liberal Steve Hilton.
In ‘Hung Together: The 2010 Election and the Coalition Government’ by Adam Boulton and Joey Jones (of SKY News) Dave is asked, in the Autumn of 2009, why he wanted to be PM.
“Because I think I’d be good at it” he replied.
He then lost the Election that was perhaps the most winnable since Blair in 1997 and compromised Conservative values by selling out to the Liberal Democrats in his lust for power.
You, the reader, will almost certainly not agree with my view that Dave should have formed a Minority Government (which ‘Hung Together’ confirms was quite possible) and stayed true to Conservative principles.
And I said that without a stutter!