If Brown has to apologise, so should Cameron and Clegg.
The latest pointless distraction from the spiralling global economic crisis after Fred Goodwin’s pension is whether Gordon Brown should apologise for the mess. Whether he says sorry or not won’t make one iota of difference to the situation but if he does then so should the Tories and Lib Dems.
If Brown is genuinely responsible (and he doubtlessly bears some of the blame alongside the three previous PMs who also caught the deregulation bug), then there must also be fault with the opposition parties who never raised a whisper about the core economic policies of the Government. The truth is that a neo-liberal ideology combined with an all-conquering business lobby gripped all leading mainstream politicians over the last twenty years and anyone who questioned the consensus was consigned to the margins and labelled a “dinosaur”. Now we face a crisis so deep that it may lead the world into some very dark places. As consensuses (consensi?) go, I would say this one will prove far more shameful and damaging than the post-war Keynesian consensus which Mrs. Thatcher was so proud to have quashed.