Monday, June 01, 2009
Brown is doing a Dick Cheney - suddenly appearing everywhere, it's most provoking. He was just on Sky 'live from Worksop'. Is that possible? On Andrew Marr's show he spoke of his 'Prestbyterian conscience' which was seriously upsetting. He's bizarrely confident and he keeps doing that list thing - we did this, then we did that - which is intended to bully the interviewer into submission. That and setting up committees that will report long after - he hopes - everybody has forgotten the story are the only political tactics he seems to know. What he doesn't seem to know is that everybody's seen through them both. The amazing thing about our politicians is how bad they are at politics. Was it that Blair's tap-dancing covered up this ineptitude? Or is it that Brown's lads and lassies are exceptionally hopeless? Perhaps he's intimidated by people who are good at politics. Hence his bear-like embrace of Balls. Somebody, please, make it stop.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 1:36 pm