Brown is trying to cover up the rude parts of his trillion pound national debt with the figleaf of 3 billions of asset (sorry, fire) sales.
I am afraid all this conjures up for me is the scene in “The Marx Brothers Go West” where the brothers burn everything flammable, including the coaches, on a steam train in order to save the deeds of a gold mine.
The train still ran out of steam.
As Groucho himself said, “He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot but don’t let that fool you. He really is an idiot.”