Besides, there's an unmistakeable whiff of political opportunism about this plan. You can imagine the posturing now: "We're selling off assets we can spare to protect jobs and frontline services, unlike those dastardly Tories..." yada, yada, yada. This is all about looking serious on debt reduction, whereas, in reality, it could be fiscal irresponsibility on a major scale.
This isn't to say that asset sales can't be part of a package to tackle the debt crisis. But we may come to rue the timing of Brown's latest political ruse.