James Forsyth

Brown’s family problem

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Gordon Brown’s Today Programme interview this morning was fascinating, you’ll be able to listen to it here in a little bit. It was clear how much the family agenda rattles Brown. He kept saying that he was pro-marriage but then getting tied up in knots whenever he was asked about what measures should be taken to support it. As Fraser would have predicted, Brown tried to make everything about children and poverty but was far from convincing on this point. It was Brown’s least impressive media performance of his premiership so far and not the ideal warm up for PMQs today.

Overall, though, Brown has still had a strong start. Matthew d’Ancona explores the new political landscape that this has created in the latest Newsweek.

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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