The recession is a test of character the British people must pass, Gordon Brown is set to say.
In next week's New Year message, the prime minister is expected to urge the public to "display the same spirit" as their predecessors did in World War II.
So, knowing that Gordon "Prudence" Brown will, of course, lead by example, via Lord Elvis, let's see how we should adopt this Blitz spirit, shall we?
MORE than £320,000 of taxpayers' money has been spent on flat-screen televisions, hi-fis and DVD players for Whitehall departments, the Standard can reveal.
The Tories said today that the figures, released in Parliamentary answers, were an "insult" to the recession-hit public.
The biggest spender was Lord Mandelson's Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which ran up an £87,000 bill for stereo equipment, DVD players and flat-screen televisions over the past three years.
The second biggest bill was at the Treasury, which spent £42,000 on televisions, £25,000 on DVD players and £9,600 on hi-fis - despite Treasury Minister Yvette Cooper's claims to be leading a "war on waste" across government.
Nice. Still, it's indicative of the goverment's entire attitude to this crisis: let's spend lots of money that we don't have—stolen from the people of this country under threat of violence—and spunk it up the wall.
I don't have a wide, flatscreen TV: do you think that Mandy's got any going cheap?
Luckily, Gordon's own department is, indeed, practising prudence by refusing to waste money on fripperies.
Other departments, including the Prime Minister's Office, claimed that the information could only be made available "at disproportionate cost".
Fucking hell, Gordon Brown really is a total cunt.