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Nero fiddles while economy tanks

February 17, 2009

So your economy is slowly but inexorably being sucked down the toilet.  And though the government’s popularity has sunk to an almost unprecedented 9.7%,  fear not – at least the Finance Minister knows how to keep calm in a crisis.

Now, to the untrained eye, like perhaps both yours and mine, he might look drunk off his arse.  But what do we know?  No, it was down to a surfeit of ‘cold medicine’, he later revealed.

His aides probably forgot to ask for the non-drowsy formula.  You know, the one you can take and still ‘operate heavy machinery’.  Or represent your country at a G7 summit during the worst economic crisis for a century.

The Prime Minister announced his immediate support for the minister who he believed “had taken sleeping pills” (like you would during a G7 summit).  But this was early on before the government had got their story straight.

In the face of international derision, all and sundry called on him to resign, making much of the “shame” he has brought on Japan, and at lunchtime today he announced his resignation.

Prime Minister Aso faced a straight choice in the exercise of his authority – sack him or support him.  And he got it wrong, offering support to a man who was clearly incapable, but also happens to be a close friend and ally.  Now that Nakagawa’s gone, life isn’t going to be getting any easier for Aso.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Ian permalink
    February 17, 2009 10:11 pm

    Or the other way of looking at it is that none of our glorious leaders have a clue what they are doing and so he has decided that he’s had enough of all that and taken the sensible option to get mashed.

    Strong stuff that Stella Artois cough medicine.

  2. February 18, 2009 8:54 am

    I’ve long ago given up thinking that this country is “heavy machinery.”

  3. February 18, 2009 9:38 am

    Ted, I see it as very heavy machinery, moving at high speed towards a bridge that’s out, and the driver’s… taken too much cold medicine.

  4. February 18, 2009 5:46 pm

    And to think…Aso had a 50/50 chance of doing the right thing

  5. Mum permalink
    February 20, 2009 8:44 pm

    At least he did what Japan thought was the honourable thing – just for appearing to be drunk. Our Home Secretary has no such aspirations (to do the honourable thing) for stealing thousands of pounds from us taxpayers.

  6. February 21, 2009 3:17 pm

    Not sure it had much to do with honour. Think it was more to do with a large group of angry, more powerful, more senior backroom players telling him to get out.

    As for the UK Home Secretary, the only answer is REVOLUTION! Take to the streets!

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