Porno plane for Brown?

If he doesn’t know already, Gordon Brown will know it now. A PM in political trouble at home is a PM under attack everywhere. Like John Major and Back to Basics, nemesis has caught up with him in the shape of the hacks on his plane to the G8 in Japan.

As we know, Brown is a Press-button B Scrooge. He reminds me of that old rogue in “Kidnapped” who fed his ravenous nephew Davy Balfour on “Purrige and small beer.” One of his first acts as Chancellor was to refuse to replace or refit the royal yacht Britannia. I’ll never forget the look on the Queen’s face as she said goodbye to her floating palace.

Now on his way to the G8 in Japan, he’s been urging us to eat up our leftovers to cut down our rising food bills.

But just as he was lecturing us on frugality, correspondents broke the news that he was sitting down to 19 courses prepared by 25 chefs in Hokkaido

No doubt Gordon thought he was one up on Tony Blair for his budget charter plane for Tokyo – much cheaper than BA (anybody’s cheaper than BA -ed).

No bad headlines on that one, then?

Sadly no. According to Sky News, eagerly picked up by a Mail blog, the owner of Brown’s plane used to run a chain of -shall we say?- adult restaurants. What a hoot!

  • Ireland

    ” I’ll never forget the look on the Queens’ face as she said goodbye to her floating palace. ”

    Please say that was tongue in cheek! Please!

    I think that while none of these events will make a jot of difference its just the constant stream of them that will drown the man. Its gotten to the stage that any nonsense about brown will get traction and thats a very bad place for him. Oh to be back and calling an election last year.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    “I’ll never forget the look on the Queen’s face as she said goodbye to her floating palace.“ Dear God…

    I’m hardly going to get too worried about Brown eating a slap-up meal at a G8 summit. The Queen eats like that every day at tax payer expense.

  • Billy Ghoti

    “I’m hardly going to get too worried about Brown eating a slap-up meal at a G8 summit. The Queen eats like that every day at tax payer expense. ”

    So do Mary McAleese, and Angela Merkel, to mention just two.

    Anyway, how did you get the Queen’s daily menu?

  • The Raven

    I posted on another thread about the lack of feelgood factor in the media. Here’s a (kind of) related article that typifies that – however, this is one article I very much agreed with – Nine Meals from Anarchy

    Worth noting while Gordon glams it up in Japan, the UK’s capability to survive without food imports has shrunk from pre-Second World War levels of three to four weeks, to a tummy-rumbling three to four days.

    Completely unrelated, but I went on my monthly trudge to the supermarket tonight for groceries. I was unable to purchase ANY fresh fruit or veg that had been grown in the UK, never mind on this island. Not one single thing. I note that the onions were packed in Limavady – however the onions themselves were from Spain.

    Some fresh thinking needed all round, methinks.

    By the by, billie-joe, apparently the Queen eats pretty frugally by all accounts.

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    When Blair was in power, there were all his detractors condemning the man as a spindoctor supremo and lackey, yet hailing Brown as an original and imaginative politician – the true driving force of New Labour. Brown finally takes the reigns and it turns out that he is a lackey, with public opinion of him as low as a bass. Brown, what a great canvasser for the Tories and the breaking up of the UK, as what Gandhi was for a Muslim Pakistan and as what the IRA were for NI Unionism and a partitioned Ireland.

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    They all do, I don’t consider it news. I was making the point that public money is lavished on the British monarchy daily. Do keep up.

  • McGrath

    Porno? Hooters, the airplane, or the owner would hardly be classified as or associated with Porno. In fact it would be a stretch to describe the Hooters Chain of restaurants as even “Adult”.

    Shitty menu comprised mostly of fried chicken wings served by silly young girls wearing a skimpy, some would say degrading uniform. An owner using a chauvinistic sales mechanism. Those would be fair comments, but would I expect Mr Brooks to take a very dim view of your use of the term Porno.

  • The Raven

    The figure that I found for the cost of the monarchy is 61p per tax payer per annum. Around £37m each year.

    Then at this late hour the mind wanders. Wonder what the fiscal cost of Iraq and Afghanistan was? Here’s a quick quote from the timesonline: “Before the war, Gordon Brown set aside £1 billion for war spending. As of late 2007, the UK had spent an estimated £7 billion in direct operating expenditures in Iraq and Afghanistan (76 per cent of it in Iraq)”

    Who remembers the amount spent on consultancy costs in the Northern Ireland assembly in 2004? £18m, no less. FOI time, methinks, to get that figure updated. Wonder how that figure would extrapolate across the UK?

    And then Gordon says we throw away around £420 per annum, per “household” in wasted food.

    Apparently, there are 24.7 million “households” in the UK. So, if I haven’t put any extra zeroes on the calculator, ummm, that appears to be £10,374,000,000 in dumped food each year. (I had to check that twice to believe my weary eyes.) 1,579,000 tonnes according to the Beeb’s figures of the top wasted items. 4,000,000 tonnes in total.

    Waste is a marvellous thing. Perhaps we would be better concentrating on the big stuff that makes a difference…?

  • Rory

    I do take your point, The Raven, on the excessive costs of the Iraq and Afghan wars over the annual expense of the upkeep of the monarchy. But then, to be fair, the government is not attempting to subdue or kill the Queen nor does it, I imagine, hold out any hope that their clients in the oil industry will extract many barrels of Brent Crude from Her Majesty to make the venture worthwile.

    Perhaps if the government concentrated solely on subduing and killing Her Majesty, a potentially realisable goal (and one certainly with more hope of fulfillment than success in either Iraq or Afghanistan), then £37m(?) per annum could easily be saved.

    I do like the comparison of Brown with Davy Balfour’s uncle, not least because that was the first thought that came to my mind when I heard Brown’s unfortunate remarks on radio news. At least James Callaghan could fairly claim not ever to have actually uttered the phrase which condemned him, “Crisis? What crisis?” – The Sun simply made it up.

  • joeCanuck

    as what Gandhi was for a Muslim Pakistan

    Totally unfair and untrue. The major culprit for the carnage was Jinnah, abetted by Nehru.

  • KieranJ

    Charles Dickens has it all over one of my favorite authors, Robert Louis Stevenson, when it comes to serving mean suppers to their protagonists. You can look it up. No contest.

  • Brian Walker

    McGrath, “Porno plane” headline? Not literally of course not! But porn can be in the mind of the beholder. And if you’re an hack whiling away the time on a long flight to Japan and looking for a point to make about a PM up against it, the mind can wander to pretty women, Hooter’s and…you know the rest…

  • Jimmy Monday

    Excuse me a moment, but I think we’re all missing the real question here – where can I hire such a plane??

  • Martin Lewis

    Owl logo?

    This is a masonic plot!

  • picador

    Hooter Air. I bet Harriet Harman isn’t too impressed.

    Anyway never mind, where do I book my tickets for the Mile High Club?

  • Greenflag

    Raven

    ‘Some fresh thinking needed all round, methinks. ‘

    Strawberry farming and other ‘berry’ fruits are doing well in Co Wexford . Some new business thinking along with access to a seasonal Latvian and Lithuanian workforce appears to have worked.
    If we had no immigrants the locals who would’nt bend over to pick a euro off the road could’nt be bothered .

    As for the ‘national vegetable ‘ the humble spud . Mostly imported from Holland nowadays 🙁

  • The Raven

    Greenflag – I’m glad to find some examples of this.

    I am desperately trying to find a piece that was on the Beeb’s website about a family living for a year on produce only grown/made in Scotland – quite inspirational.

    My ire was at the fact that the closest goods I could get within the whole of the Isles was actually potatoes.

    From Jersey.

  • Excellent write up, very interesting read!