James Forsyth

Brown bombs on Boulton

Brown bombs on Boulton
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I’ve just got round to watching Gordon Brown’s interview with Adam Boulton and it makes his performance on Marr look good. He looked tired and sounded grumpy throughout. Perhaps the oddest thing was how Brown didn’t seem in command of the policy detail. When Bolton asked about helping the poor by just raising the personal allowance Brown seemed stumped.

Interestingly, Brown seemed to rule out a reshuffle in the near future. Kremlinologists will note that he passed up an opportunity to defend David Miliband and instead pivoted to praise Alan Johnson’s work at Health.

There was a sign of how Brown intends to try and respond to the rise of the Tories when he stressed that he--unlike the Tories--has always know what it is like for working families. I really can’t see this class-based line of attack working and if this is the best Gordon’s got then he is in worse trouble than we all thought.

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James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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