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Interesting articled here positing the view that perhaps Gordon Brown should be held accountable for his finance crimes… 

Iceland’s decision to push ahead with charges of negligence against its former prime minister, Geir Haarde, raises the not entirely frivolous question of whether it might be possible to mount a similar case against Gordon Brown.

Nevermind the alleged war crimes of Tony Blair, ruination of the British economy is a pretty serious charge. The case is quite easily constructed; that he did willfully take the brakes off public spending, that he failed to control the recklessness of the banks, that he stripped the Bank of England of its powers of financial supervision and gave them instead to a shiny new, politically correct but wholly inept regulator, that he misled parliament over the state of the public finances, and that he did gratuitiously insult the hapless Gillian Duffy. I could go on, but let’s not intrude too far into private grief.

In any case, all this would seem quite enough to put him behind bars. Yet as my colleague Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, has just pointed out to me, there is one overarching act of mitigation. He refused to allow Tony Blair to take us into the euro, which had it happened would have sealed our fate as surely as that of Greece, Spain and Portugal. The prisons are quite crowded, I’m told, so perhaps a non custodial sentence is in order.

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15 thoughts on “SHOULD GORDON BROWN BE ARRESTED?

  1. Personally I would like to see him prosecuted for wilfully preventing the British people from having a referrendum to approve or disapprove the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty. Come to think about it, I would like to see the whole EU Commision prosecuted for the way they bypassed the will of the people of Europe when it came to introducing that said Treaty and for the total lack of democratic principle demonstrated through their actions.

  2. Personally I would like to see him prosecuted for wilfully preventing the British people from having a referrendum to approve or disapprove the introduction of the Lisbon Treaty. Come to think about it, I would like to see the whole EU Commision prosecuted for the way they bypassed the will of the people of Europe when it came to introducing that said Treaty and for the total lack of democratic principle demonstrated through their actions.

  3. It would be tantamount to making political differences criminal offences which is not a road we should go down.

    Let history judge Brown.

  4. Exactly Peter. He handed Britain over to a foreign power (the EU) without asking the approval of the British people. He is a traitor.

  5. Not arrested, because it has been pointed out that fiscal incompetence is not a police matter. Embezzlement it, but there is no evidence of any personal benefit. But he (and many others) should certainly be impeached. But it's a slow process, as it is an offence against Parliament to be 'economical with the truth'.

  6. Peter – UKIP took the government to Court over its refusal to grant a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty contrary to the statement in the Labour Party's electoral manifesto that there would be such a referendum. The Judge ruled that promises in election manifestos are non-binding i.e. any Party can put anything into its manifesto that would get it elected, then legally renege once in power.

    Brown could be charged over conspiracy when he sold some of the UK's gold reserves. Brown was warned by civil servants not to announce publicly the sale as this would depress the price obtainable and thus not be in the nation's interests, but he did so anyway. His friend, Gavyn Davies, works for Goldman Sachs and at the time in question, GS had taken a costly wager on the price of gold falling – but the market had already bottomed so GS was facing substantial losses. GS was saved by the fall in the gold price resulting from Brown's announcement.

  7. "He handed Britain over to a foreign power (the EU) without asking the approval of the British people."

    Heath brought the UK into the EEC (now the EU), Thatcher handed them more power with the Single European Act, Major signed the Maastricht Treaty, Blair entered the UK into the Social Chapter of that Treaty, and also signed the Amsterdamn and Nice Treaties. So Heath handed Britain over to a "foreign power", Thatcher did the same, Major did the same but only Brown is the traitor?

  8. I don't thing that falling asleep at the wheel is necessarily a crime in most places

    Choosing to drive when you've been drinking or when you know you've only had three hours sleep a night for the past three nights, now that is an offense that should be prosecuted.

  9. Seamus – it just shows that treason isn't an act (or Act) but a process in which all of the Establishment's parties are engaged.

  10. Allan@Aberdeen,

    Yes I know that, in law, what a Party puts in its manifesto has no legal standing but does that not tell us all we need to know about politicians and their sense of moral probity. In other words – do they know how to create trust amongst the electorate?

  11. Seamus: It was the signing of the Lisbon Treaty by the fat one eyed traitor which gave the EU supremacy over our own parliament. He promised us a referendum on the signing of the Lisbon Treaty, then reneged on it.

    As a result of this, we are now a state in the EU ruled by Brussels analogous to a US state ruled by Washington DC, whereas before our Parliament was sovereign. It would also have been much easier to walk away from the EU before the Lisbon Treaty, but now there would have to be a referendum (which most governments would be extremely reluctant to grant us) and years of negotiations.

    Having said that I would happily see the other politicians you named swing aswell.

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