Gordon Brown is really, really terrible as a public figure. Every time he wags his head scoldingly "No, No" when the opponents are speaking, he must lose another 500 votes. No policy judgment here. Just saying that -- based on this sample, plus these past few days' "bigot" disaster -- this is someone with neither aptitude nor (apparently) training as a TV-era public figure. The more that the general election becomes "presidential," the harder it is to imagine that people will choose to have him around for a few more years as the main figure to listen to in the news.
Friday, 30 April 2010
The comment below is from a columnist on The Atlantic responding to last night's debate. I guess he's from the centre-left, at least in US terms (he worked for Carter) and I have no reason to think he isn't objective and fair-minded about British politics. It reminds you what a wonder it is that such a figure as G***** B**** was ever able to maneouvre himself into power.