"The Budget should be balanced,the treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, in stead of living on public assistance."
Actually it was written by a bloke called Cicero in 55 B.C.
Maybe our Gordon "The Abyss" Brown has been an secret disciple of the ancient Roman leadership that poor old Cicero so vividly railed against.
One can only surmise that the financial management ability and leadership skills of our dear and benificient rulers, are far from unique.