As it is, I'm pretty tired of reading about what the 'real' Gordon Brown's like in private already—not least because we already know it's completely irrelevant to how he does his job. For example, we were told that Brown, because he's from a dismal Calvinist background, is 'careful with money'. Fair enough—personally, I'm sure this is true. However, since this obviously serves as no guide as to what's going to happen to tax-payer's money, I don't see how the fact that he served fairly cheap but agreeable champagne from Sainsbury's at his wedding is that relevant.
Quite. It's always worth, at points like this, reminding ourselves of the four ways of spending money, as espoused by Milton Friedman and summarised by P J O'Rourke in All The Trouble In The World.
- You spend your own money buying something for yourself—you therefore try to get the best possible product for the best possible price.
- You spend someone else's money buying something for yourself—you still try to get the best possible product, but you are not so concerned about the price.
- You spend your own money buying something for someone else—you are deeply concerned about the price, but you are not nearly so worried about the quality of the product.
- You spend someone else's money buying something for someone else—in which case, who gives a shit?
So, as Shuggy quite correctly points out, the fact that Gordon Brown is a miserable, tight-arsed fucker as far as his own cash is concerned has absolutely no bearing on how much of our hard-earned money he is prepared to piss up the wall on his pet schemes.
Fucking hell, but I hate that monocular Scots cunt.