The miserable two-speed economy has its hair-shirted
consolations - but Mr Brown can hardly crow about that on Wednesday.
And why they can send an infinite number of hair-shirted
MPs on to the streets to patronise the poor but they'll never, ever convince us they have an ounce of compassion in their souls.
But his hair-shirted
, but equally mis-sold, neighbour who saves it up monthly, or uses it to pay off part of the mortgage early, is all-square and presumably not entitled to compensation.
That still leaves time for Chancellor Brown to stall it with a hair-shirted
Nicely packaged, this particular four-CD set brings all 16 sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart in performances by violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Daniel Barenboim which, whilst not pandering to the more rabidly hair-shirted
'authentic' brigade, never fail to bring musical insights and sophisticatedly deployed brilliance of technique to these under-rated works.
It would be tantamount to dumping the centrepiece of his entire economic policy and one that has been widely accepted as a success, even by people who would have preferred some less hair-shirted
Friday's sell-out concert from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group attracted a wide and enthusiastic cross-section of music-lovers of all ages, among which it was very hard to spot any hair-shirted
From now on, if the Blair Ministers become rather more hair-shirted
in their personal lives, it would be only human if their policies move the same way.