Sunday, October 07, 2007
This post or something like it managed to delete itself, so here's a rough approximation:
The best thing so far about the Great Brown Cock-Up was the sight of Adam Boulton on Sky News. He was incandescent, having, like everybody else, been told by Ed Balls, Douglas Alexander and Ed Milliband that there was certain to be an election in November. Worse still, Brown was making his non-announcement to 'a journalist' - Boulton spat out the word - meaning Andrew Marr. I have never seen a TV political correspondent so angry with his own contacts. With newspapers defecting from Brown daily, the junta has now managed to alienate the entire press pack. This is great news. Contemporary political courtiers - 'advisers' they are called - are a bad breed. They sell only snake oil and they virtualise politics by turning it into an end in itself. Brown's 'advisers' are an unusually supercilious bunch. Balls has what we call - for reasons lost in the mists of time - a 'Wapshott face'. Anything that makes these people look like idiots should be welcomed by all right thinking people.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 9:57 am