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Why Brown opened up [Feb. 12th, 2010|09:38 am]
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Gordon Brown's emotion-charged TV  interview with Piers Morgan, in which he talks movingly about the death of his first child Jennifer Jane 10 days after she was born nine years ago, is a landmark moment. The PM has always avoided what he calls the "cult of celebrity" in politics and made  clear he felt David Cameron, who has spoken emotionally about the death of his disabled son Ivan,  was using his children as "props".
It looks like a big change of tack on the eve of the general election by Brown.  Some commentators will view that with cynicism. Parts of the interview, to be screened on ITV1 on Sunday night, are harrowing to read, let alone watch. But Brown's aides have been nagging him for years to show his true self to the public, arguing that his natural shyness make him too buttoned up (as Cameron memorably remarked, "an analogue politician in a digital age.")
Well, the full Monty Brown in glorious hi-definition technicolour is now out there. His aides say this is the authentic Brown they see in private. They insist he will not be parading his two sons in front of  the cameras. They won't admit it, but they clearly hope the interview will help them make the contrast between Brown and what they call a fake, two-faced Tory leader. The public don't much like Brown the politician. Now we will see what they  make of the real Brown. Fascinating.
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From: dungeekin
2010-02-12 09:48 am (UTC)

What will they make of the real Brown?

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Hopefully, they will be revolted.

Revolted that a man would plan and time the public use of his grief in the hope of an opinion-poll bounce.

Revolted that he would speechify in Conference that 'my children aren't props' - then use his late daughter in precisely that way.

And finally, revolted that he thinks so little of the Electorate that he believes they'll fall for it.

It was a nauseating, cynical piece of politicking. I find it hard to think of any prior 'Leader' sinking to such depths.

D
From: junkkmale
2010-02-12 09:54 am (UTC)

Ratings whores

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Well, FWIW, it managed the unique feat of getting me to flip from every breakfast news gush carrying this 'story' until I simply switched off.

It might also have spared me yet more 'journalism' such as this : 'The PM has always avoided what he calls the "cult of celebrity" in politics'

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/the-real-gordon-brown-1793832.html

So.. a result, in part.
From: quietzapple
2010-02-12 10:53 am (UTC)

Brown

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Those who haven't the time to watch or read this interview may judge the current tory 'campaign' and their slithering lead in the polls by the resumption of the Nasty Party's nastiness.

They have always hated the most significant politician of our time, for the obvious reason that he has dished them and their sectional greed so effectively.

Carry on scunnering chaps & chappesses, its just about all you can do. Oh, and the electorate don't like it either . . .
From: pete_s
2010-02-12 11:21 am (UTC)

WHY BROWN OPENED UP

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Because it has finally got through to even his almost impervious ego, that he is the most hated PM of modern times, even beating Thatcher. His years of back stabbing, bullying and incompetence have been publicly revealed by Watt and Price.
From: pilsden
2010-02-12 12:14 pm (UTC)

Brown now

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Only two questions
Why now?
Why Piers Morgan?
[User Picture]From: mike4626
2010-02-12 02:33 pm (UTC)

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what a load of bollocks. This is pure electioneering. Yes I am very sorry for any parent who losses a child but to parade their emotions in public for financial, or personal, gain is despicable
From: littleglimmer
2010-02-12 03:08 pm (UTC)

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I felt the same in October last year when Cameron used the Tory party conference speech to talk about Ivan's death, describing how he felt like quitting. But he bravely carried on.

You all probably remember Gordon Brown asked for Parliament to be suspended temporarily as a mark of respect For Cameron and his wife when Ivan passed away.
From: backtothepool
2010-02-13 11:57 am (UTC)

Brown

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Andrew now joins the red flag flyers for labour.

Andrew your as bad as brown sorry ill go the web to find real news.