Sunday, June 07, 2009
Mandelson's assessment of Brown in the leaked emails confirms my own view of the relationship - 'I see Mandy as a movie director who used to work with Cary Grant (Blair) and now finds himself with some klutz who once had a walk-on part in Emmerdale.' Meanwhile, the greatest publication in the observable universe reports that Balls and Mandy are slapping each other and screaming. I shall offer a theory about this relationship. In the emails, Mandy says, 'A new public persona cannot be glued on to him.' Brown cannot be remade, in other words, we must work with what we have. Mandy is an empiricist and a pragmatist. Balls and the other Brown bastards are rationalists. They think the world can be remade by reason. They are destined to suffer the agony of the rationalist - perpetual frustration and incomprehension. They are also destined to make war on empiricists. Hence the Mandy-Balls issue. There is a further point. The linked emails are old - January '08 apparently. In theory, this could make things easier for Mandy in that he could claim things are very different now. But, of course, they're not. The Brown he so accurately anatomised then is precisely the Brown we have now. Our 'Prime Minister' is a machine that can never be fixed.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 8:02 am