Sunday 17 December 2017

Brendan Keenan: Resistance is futile in face of greedy, secretive gnomes

Swift and radical action is needed to lead us out of austerity but politicians shy away from such seismic choices

WHO today remembers George Brown, economics minister and foreign secretary in the British Labour government of the Sixties, but now consigned to the junk pages of Google?

Yet Mr Brown achieved something which many far more successful characters have not. He created two (at least) famous phrases for the English language.

One was the immortal "tired and emotional" (describing his own condition) -- and the other was "gnomes of Zurich", for the operations of the money markets.

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