James Forsyth

The scars of the Manse

The scars of the Manse
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Tom Bower’s column in The Guardian today about how Gordon’s upbringing as a ‘son of the Manse’ might be responsible for his current political difficulties is well worth reading. What stuck out to me, was this:

"Gordon Brown's Scottish friends believe that his father demanded confessions of wrongdoing from his three sons, and that Gordon Brown became an expert in denying his sins. On arriving at



, Brown described himself as an atheist.”

Normally, I'm slightly sceptical about psycho-analysing politicians like this. But the emphasis that Brown puts on being a ‘son of the Manse’ and how his father gave him his moral compass makes this subject too important to ignore.  

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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