From the Telegraph
International forecasters say that Britain is heading for the deepest recession of any advanced economy, with unemployment predicted to pass 3 million, but Mr Brown appeals against “talking the country down”.
In a striking show of optimism, he declares: “I am absolutely confident about Britain’s future. I have utter confidence in our ability to come through this. I have utter confidence not only in the British people’s determination to come through this, but that people will work together to make sure Britain emerges from this.
“The British spirit is to see a problem, identify it, and get on with solving it. Once a problem hits us we are determined and resolute and we are adamant that we are going to deal with that problem.
“And that is the resolve, not just of the Government, but the resolve of the whole people.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/davos/4404491/Gordon-Brown-All-Britain-needs-is-confidence-in-itself.html
The Dear Leader at his inspirational best.
Don't you just love all the 'utter
', 'whole people
However, I deplore the use of 'utter
' twice in the same paragraph. Maybe the crisp Swiss air had gone to his head, possibly the lack of oxygen at such altitudes. Adjectives like 'all-fired, complete, consummate, downright, entire, flat-out, out-and-out, perfect, pure, sheer, thorough, total, unmitigated, unqualified
' clearly momentarily slipped his mind.
And why only the 'resolve
' of the people and the goverment given the richness of our language? What about our 'boldness, courage, decidedness, earnestness, firmness, fixed purpose, intention, objective, purpose, purposefulness, purposiveness, resoluteness, steadfastness, will, willpower
If you're going to talk Britain up, talk it up with aplomb.
Gorgon McBruni for Minister of Jackanory.