Much merriment in the Commons, as Gordon Brown meaning to say "the government has led the world in saving the banks" said by mistake "we saved the world..."
It's funny, but also sweet and oldfashioned. Not many politicians go into politics these days aspiring to save the world. Certainly the derision from Conservative benches, together with their resistance to temporary tax cuts, resistance to recapitalising the banks, resistance to all government efforts, combined with their belief that "recessions can be good for us" shows that the Conservatives arn't even interested in saving Britain. What are they interested in? Raising the inheritance tax threshold to £2 million, so that the shadow cabinet can leave their money without the Treasury touching it - that's why they've gone into politics.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with aspiring to save the world. In trying much good is done. Those who refuse to try, achieve nothing of worth at all.
It must be chilling for voters to see how palpably Conservatives wish things would get worse, how gleeful they are when people lose their homes and jobs, and how cynically they deride those on the Labour side trying to ameliorate the downturn. The voter is probably thinking, what have I done that the Conservatives wish me ill and take such pleasure in misery in this way?