Brown's 'closest ally' (not any longer), Ed Balls, said the economic problems we've been having, far from having been sorted by the self-proclaimed messiah, are in fact "the most serious global recession for over 100 years", and its effects would be felt for 'the next five years, the next ten years and even the next fifteen years.' Balls predicts that 'the economy is going to define our politics' - since when were our politics defined by anything else?
"These are seismic events that are going to change the political landscape,' he continued. 'I think this is a financial crisis more extreme and more serious than that of the 1930s and we all remember how the politics of that era were shaped by the economy."
Far Right extremism, anyone? Well, not if you're sensible and listen to the people so that they feel as though they matter, rather than being driven into the arms of those who promise them a better kind of life in return for their vote. Labour's continuing jack-booting over the civil liberties of the British people isn't - literally - winning Brown *any* votes. Coming down on us harder is only going to cause rioting, the last thing the majority of us want.
In a further smack to Gordon Brown and his unctuous predecessor, Balls went on to trash the Third Way and everything it stands for. "We are now seeing the realities of globalisation, though at a speed, paces and ferocity which none of us have seen before. The reality is that this is becoming the most serious global recession for, I'm sure, over 100 years as it will turn out."
If Cameron et al don't lunge on this with all the ferocity of a half-starved tiger tomorrow morning and force a vote of No Confidence, they bloody deserve to lose the next election.