贬值的首相

上星期二,英国东南部的议员 Daniel Hannan(哈南)在法国的欧洲议会上发言。

短短三分半钟的发言,让他现在一举成名。

他演说的录像,不到三天,在YouTube 的点击率已经超过了一百万次,成了YouTube 上最受欢迎的录像。

他先把自己的演说放在博客上,并发给英国各大媒体,包括英国广播公司,结果,有权有势的媒体都不理他。

“反对党议员抨击英国首相”像这样的新闻,好像没有什么看头。

可是,一些英国著名时事博客和美国媒体却看中了这篇演说。

星期三早上,哈南先生发现邮箱爆满,电话铃声不断,天下的人都在找他。

哈南先生,一时成了网络的政治明星。

他把英国首相布朗先生臭骂了一顿,可是,坐在台下的布朗先生,好像在一边听,一边偷笑,一边涂鸦。

如果布朗先生有没有听进去,他前面的路可能不会太好走。

我把哈南先生的演说翻译成了中文:

“首相,我看你已经掌握了欧洲政治人物的主要技巧,也就是说,你在这个议会里说一套,对你国家的选民说的又是一套。

你刚才提到了自由贸易,这点我同意。谁竟会料到,听你刚才的发言,你正是‘英国的工作留给英国人’这句话的作者?你已经将一些企业归入国营,接着又把我们大量的经济用来支助汽车业和很多银行。

如果你以行动配合你的言词,你在本议会的道德权威或许会高一些。如果在二十国集团的国家之中,英国的经济衰退不是最严重的,你在世界议会中的权威或许会更高一些。

事实上,首相,你已经把我们的钱花光了。

我们整个英国现在已经陷入了负资产。每一个英国孩子,一出生就欠了大约两万英镑。偿还这笔债的利息就将要比教育这个孩子的费用来得多。

现在,你又再次想要归罪给别人,你谈到了环球的金融衰退;你说这是国际危机。没错,我们的确都朝向雨雪四起的狂风驶去,但是,船队里的船,不都处于和我们同样衰败的情况。其它的船乘好年时填塞船缝,清理船帆索具;换句话说,用来偿还债务。但是,你却利用好年进一步增加借贷。因此,在你的领航之下,累计的债务重量已使得我们的船身陷入吃水线之下。

我们国家的赤字,已经接近了国民生产总值的百分之十——多么叫人难以置信的数字,竟然比巴基斯坦来得多,比匈牙利来得多,这两个是国际货币基金组织已经介入的国家。

现在,问题并不是你不道歉。和其他人一样,我早已经接受了这一点:你的病态是你没有能力对这些事情扛起责任。你的问题是,你仍然继续执意地加剧事态的严重,恶意地花费我们一切所残存的。

去年,在过去的十二个月里,私人界失去了十万个工作,可是,你却在公共领域开创了三万个工作。首相,你不能够永远压榨为经济提供生产力的部分,用来支助没有生产力的部分。这没有生产力的部分的膨胀是前所未见的。

你不可以一路靠花钱来对抗经济衰退,或是一路靠借贷来摆脱债务。你以你那木纳又敷衍塞责的方式,重复说着我们的情况比别人好,还有,你说我们处态安然,可以迎接风暴。我必须告诉你,你听起来就像苏联的勃列日涅夫Brezhnev)时代的应声虫在发表党言一样。

你知道,我们都知道,而你也知道我们都知道你在胡说。人人都知道在这艰困时期,英国所受的打击比任何国家都要糟糕。国际货币基金组织是这么说的。欧洲委员会也是这么说的。市场都这么说了。这也就是为什么我们的货币已经贬值了百分之三十。再不久,选民也会有机会这么说的。他们会看见市场早已经看清的:你是一个贬值的政府的一个贬值的首相。”

英国议员 Daniel Hannan 在欧洲议会的英文演说全文(2009324日):

Prime Minister, I see you’ve already mastered the essential craft of the Europ1ean politician, namely the ability to say one thing in this chamber, and a very different thing to your home electorate.

You’ve spoken here about free trade, and amen to that; who would have guessed, listening to you just now, that you were the author of the phrase ‘British Jobs for British Workers’, and that you have subsidised – where you have not nationalised outright – swathes of our economy, including the car industry and many of the banks.

Perhaps you would have more moral authority in this house if your actions matched your words. Perhaps you would have more legitimacy in the councils of the world if the United Kingdom were not going into this recession in the worst condition of any G20 country.

The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money.

The country as a whole is now in negative equity. Every British child is born owing around £20,000. Servicing the interest on that debt is going to cost more than educating the child.

Now once again today you tried to spread the blame around, you spoke about an international recession; an international crisis. Well, it is true that we are all sailing together into the squall – but not every vessel in the convoy is in the same dilapidated condition. Other ships used the good years to caulk their hulls and clear their rigging – in other words, to pay off debt – but you used the good years to raise borrowing yet further. As a consequence, under your captaincy, our hull is pressed deep into the water line, under the accumulated weight of your debt.

We are now running a deficit that touches 10% of GDP – an almost unbelievable figure. More than Pakistan, more than Hungary – countries where the IMF has already been called in.

Now, it’s not that you’re not apologising. Like everyone else, I’ve long accepted that you’re pathologically incapable of accepting responsibility for these things – it’s that you’re carrying on, wilfully worsening our situation, wantonly spending what little we have left.

Last year, in the last twelve months, 100,000 private sector jobs have been lost – and yet you’ve created 30,000 public sector jobs. Prime Minister you cannot carry on forever squeezing the productive bit of the economy in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit.

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. And when you repeat, in that wooden and perfunctory way, that our situation is better than others, that we’re well placed to weather the storm, I have to tell you, you sound like a Brezhnev-era Apparatchik giving the party line.

You know, and we know, and you know that we know that it’s nonsense. Everyone knows that Britain is worse off than any other countries which are going into these hard times. The IMF has said so. The European Commission has said so. The markets have said so, which is why our currency has devalued by 30% – and soon the voters, too, will get their chance to say so.

They can see what the markets have already seen: that you are a devalued Prime Minister, of a devalued Government.

 

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Janet Williams 張玉雲

I am Janet Williams, an academic living in the southeast of England. I blog about culture, history, languages and my community. I created Chandler's Ford Today. During my spare time, I make Origami. Thank you for stopping by.

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