Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Friday, 15 May 2009

Imitating St Francis?

Mrs Rigby often watches Prime Minister's Questions. When she watched the recording yesterday evening she heard Mr Brown say something that stayed in her mind. It wasn't because of what he said, but because of the
way it was phrased and also how he said it.

It's taken her a little while to track that brain itch, but she's now sure exactly what his phrases reminded her of.

Mrs R has copied what is written in Hansard, but has changed the layout a bit.

... Where people are being taken on, there is help available.
Where people are on short time, we are providing help
Where people have become unemployed, we have announced ...
Mrs R thinks, with its' comparative phrases and how it was spoken, it is remarkably similar to the Prayer of St Francis which is here. Mr R thinks she's probably stretching things a bit, but she's adamant that this is how it sounded to her at the time it was spoken - and this is her blog, so she can say what she likes!

Now, Mrs R knows Mr Brown is often referred to as "the son of the Manse", but this is the first time she's heard any real hint of that background in his speeches. Maybe he got some ideas when he visited Pope Benedict XVI?

And a separate comment - Details of yet another scheme? Wouldn't it be some help if all the other schemes that have been announced over the last few years were actually up and running, and providing the "real help" where it's needed?

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