Oh Gordon, how did it all go so wrong?

Thatcherism, by Gordon Brown, published in the London Review of Books, 2 February 1989:
“a naive yearning for the simplicities of an Arcadian marketplace unspoiled even by the sinister insights of the historical Adam Smith. The appeal is broad but superficial: Thatcherism is designed for an older, simpler world that never actually existed.”

And coz this is LRB, there’s bonus snark:
“Gordon Brown is, for now, the prime minister. He was in the shadow cabinet when he wrote his pieces for the London Review.”

And as for the recent UK elections:
“For every person who voted BNP, 29 did not vote at all.”

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