(To raise my blood pressure to critical levels, even now all you have to do is whisper the magic words, James Naughtie.)
But it would seem that even the supine state-lovers on Radio 4 are beginning to challenge the current master of the silk purse.
Iain Martin, of the Torygraph, reports on what was an excruciating Gordon Brown interview, this morning, in which it became clear to all and sundry that McAvity Mugabe really is becoming unhinged.
(If you can stomach twenty minutes of pompous flannel and bombastic obfuscation - and I could barely take it - then you might be able to hear the interview yourself, here. Just scroll through to 11:00 minutes, if you can do without the overture, and then to 16:15 where Emperor Brown refuses to acknowledge the existence of the phrase 'Boom and Bust'.)
After listening to this bilge, Maturin Towers felt obliged to make the following comment on Iain Martin's blog:
EnglishJack January 23, 2009 01:28 PM GMT
If Gordon Brown is correct in deducing that this entire shebang started in America, then he must ask himself how it all started in America.
It is becoming increasingly evident that this shebang started with the reckless mortgage policies of Fannie Mae, pushed into disastrous lending policies by the US Congress. Gordon Brown must then be asked why he is creating his own "Fannie Mae" via the handy vehicle of the recently nationalised Northern Rock, if we want to avoid such "fiscal contamination" from America?
Does he even know what Fannie Mae is or what it does? Or are we pumping even more wasted billions into this latest reverse-geared Northern Rock project simply to save Gordon's wretched short-term neck?
The traditional bottle of whisky and revolver are too good for this destroyer of wealth of and creator of financial chaos. He should merely be offered the revolver.
For more on how Fannie Mae created the giant US housing bubble, Iain, you might want to read the recent interview with Edward Pinto, its long-time credit controller:
Way to go, Gordon. Just what we need to solve a giant housing bubble - an even bigger housing bubble!