"It might be enforceable in a court of law, this [pension contract], but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion, and that is where the government steps in. Sir Fred Goodwin should not count on being £650,000 a year better off, because it is not going to happen."
What a total embarrassment to politics, and the Labour Party in particular Harriet Harman really is.
A stupid, immature and self serving statement, but no surprise given her abysmal track record from someone who puts her own needs way before those of the Party she is meant to serve.
The intention is clear. Grandstanding to the Left of the Party in the hope that if we lose the Election then it will put her in good stead with the grassroots in any leadership contest.
It would suit her vainglorious ego if we lost as this is the only way she is ever going to satisfy her cringing ambition to be Party Leader, as her atrocious and gaffe laden career in Government could never see her rise to the top job whilst we are in power.
Let’s be clear about this. The issue of Goodwin’s pension is classic distraction politics, and a blatant attempt to muddy the waters when the real issue should be why is the Government in a state of paralysis, seemingly impotent or un willing to come up with concrete solutions for this terrible mess?
We are exposed to appalling risk with the Banks, but because Brown has lacked the decisive edge to Nationalise, we have no real leverage. Responsibility without power.
Gordon Brown should come up with a radical programme of action, put it to the country to expose the Tories, and then get on with doing the job emboldened by the mandate from the electorate.
Such a course of action would give the PM the necessary boost to his self confidence, which seems to be lacking perhaps due to the fact that he was given the Premiership rather than having earned it via the ballot box.
He could start by sacking Harman, the mean minded Jackie Smith, who when the country is suffering has no idea why folks have the hump about her expenses, and the patently disloyal David Milliband.
Alan Johnson and Jack Straw need to be in front of the cameras more, and a re call for Milburn and Blunkett would give much needed gravitas to the Front Bench.
Harman’s statement is appealing to the politics of envy and denunciation. She makes no reference to the fact that £30 billion has been poured into Public Sector pension funds whilst the private sector is just meant to take the hit, giving the impression that the State Sector is pulling the ladder up, and anyone else is left behind.