Alex Massie

The Good Gordon Brown

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Marbury is quite right. The Prime Minister's advisers must wonder what they have to do to get this Gordon Brown appearing on your TV screen. Now, there are a few things one could say about the content of Brown's Ted Talk in Oxford but that's a post for another time. But in general, this is good stuff: fluent, passionate, witty (yes, really) and so on. Above all, freed from the tedium and trivia and trauma of life at Westminster you see a different and relaxed big-picture Gordon. It's almost enough to make one wonder what might have happened if only Gordon weren't quite so bad at politics...

Anyway, this is worth your time. There's a good, if probably apocryphal, Reagan joke too.

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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