James Forsyth

Who called Brown Mr Bean first?

Who called Brown Mr Bean first?
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Vince Cable’s new nickname for the Prime Minister looks like sticking and so we now have to work out who can claim credit for it. As Stephen points out, Leo McKinistry used it in his Express column on November 19th. Can anyone find an earlier usage?

Leo concluded his column by saying, “Brown shows all the signs of becoming a unique creation: the gruff, unbalanced  mediocrity of “Tricky Dicky” Nixon mixed with the comic absurdity of Mr Bean.” A few months ago such a judgement would have seemed absurd, yet it is now on the verge of becoming the conventional wisdom. Mr Brown needs to find his inner Blair if he is to get out of this one. 

Written byJames Forsyth

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

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