Insisting that his "guiding principle" was the wellbeing of British families and businesses, he added: "What keeps me up at night, and gets me up in the morning, are the hopes and aspirations of the British people."
Gordon Brown in his New Year speech. But surely Mr Brown's first priority is the Scottish people? He signed the Scottish Claim Of Right in 1989 promising to put Scots' interests first in all he did. And he has never renounced that promise. In his last act as Chancellor, he swiped £2bn from the English NHS budget, whilst leaving the Scots and Welsh services intact.
Proof of his intent to serve his fellow "Celts" if ever there was one.
And now he's breaking up England into regions, against the will of the electorate, basically abolishing England, and still ensuring that Scotland is far better funded via the Barnett Formula.
"British people"? You are an evil liar, Mr Brown. You look after your own - and that means the Scots.