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Deep water for unsinkable Gordon Brown.

Byline: George Galloway

GORDON Brown says it's going to be a rocky year ahead for the economy and he should know.

The credit crunch doesn't seem to have suppressed spending over Christmas or the New Year sales, almost all of which is on plastic. Over the weekend, I watched again the Titanic sinking in the cold Atlantic waters despite having set sail with such fanfare and confidence. Unsinkable, the papers had described it, just days before it sank.

One of the benefits of watching a film for the umpteenth time is that you can concentrate on the lesser roles.

Thus, I was amazed at how utterly pathetic in a crisis the captain of the Titanic turned out to be.

Played by Bernard Hill - whose catchline "gizza job" in the Boys From The Black Stuff might have been written for Gordon Brown during the Blair years. He was so stunned by the unexpected turn of events, all he could do was stand up to his knees in the rising deluge preparing to go down with the ship.

The orchestra played on manfully but every man Jack of them knew they were doomed.

Of course, as they always say in the movies, any similarity between this motion picture and any real persons or actual events is entirely coincidental.

Happy New Year.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 31, 2007
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