Thursday, June 28, 2007

Orwell would be proud

Readers of Nineteen Eighty Four will recall that Ministries usually dealt with the opposite of what their name implied. So the Ministry of Peace dealt with war, the Ministry of Plenty dealt with starvation, the Ministry of Truth dealt with lies, and the Ministry of Love dealt with hate.

In Brown's Britain we no longer have the Department of Trade and Industry but instead the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. What's the betting it will interfere with business, stifle enterprise and implement red tape?

As Ronald Reagan once said, "the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help."

6 comments:

Chris Paul said...

Is that a Gordon Brown joke?

Ordovicius said...

Isn't that actually 11 words?

dizzy said...

very funny

Anonymous said...

Chris Paul, I presume you think 1984 is humour? (Due to your support for a government that takes the book as an instruction manual rather than a warning...)

Zorro

kinglear said...

The most interesting thing is that Ronald reagan is possibly the most beloved President, coming after Kennedy but before Clinton. I'm willing to bet the (sort of) Reagan connection will get Fred Thompson, if not INTO the White House,at least bloody close to it.Oh, and what did reagan do? He didn't interfere with ANYTHING, except give more and more money to Defence spending.

Ghost Cabinet. said...

We have different plans than Gordon, but we did at least call this rebranding before time.