Am I reading between the lines here correctly?
The problem with El Gordo is that he’s a drunk?
// Sep 28, 2008 at 9:55 am
Not quite, Tim. It’s that he possesses a Nixonian perosnlaity, making him a borderline mental defective.
// Sep 28, 2008 at 11:15 am
I don’t get “Gordon is a drunk” from that piece, either.
I get the general sense more that Gordo’s style of belligerent, internecine, thuggish politics is better suited to the world of 3am briefings in hotel bars at conferences, than open, honest and transparent dealings with colleagues and press like any normal government.
// Sep 28, 2008 at 4:01 pm
The impression I got from that piece was a little different.
My take on it: There’s nothing to worry about because it’s only all the rest of the labour party who are drunk. ( Journalists usually know what they are talking about in this respect.)
No the only problem with Broon, is that he isn’t drunk, at a time when any other sentient being in his situation would be rat-arsed. This is why the public, who are also increasingly hitting the bottle , regard him as remote and clueless. Also I have heard that he never gets a round in.
// Sep 28, 2008 at 6:20 pm
“a Nixonian perosnlaity, making him a borderline mental defective”: “mental defective” is usually reserved to describe the moronically stupid, not the intelligent cursed with florid character flaws. Such as Nixon and, perhaps, Brown. Personally, I think the fact the Brown is much less popular than Blair reflects very badly on the electorate.
// Sep 28, 2008 at 6:22 pm
In case my last remark was obscure – I think that Brown deserves to be unpopular enough to be sacked, Blair deserves to be hanged.
The Remittance Man
// Sep 28, 2008 at 8:32 pm
Like many commenters here I also don’t think Brown’s drunk. He’s way beyond that. No, it’s his minions who are drunk, much like the occupants of a certain bunker were on April some 63 years ago.
So Much For Subtlety
// Sep 29, 2008 at 5:30 am
I wish he were drunk. Think of Winston Churchill. Some of our best leaders were drunk at least half the time. The terrible thing about Broon is that he is probably sober all the time.
Although I did get the Brown is a Drunk subtext when I read the original article.
// Sep 29, 2008 at 9:59 pm
I think the bit that seems to point most at Brown is the following from the 4th and 5th paragraph:
“I find it more plausible to believe that everyone involved had been hitting the bottle … Drink, once the curse of the labouring classes, is now the curse of the Labour government.
I don’t believe you can understand the ferocity of the attacks from Gordon Brown’s allies unless you appreciate its centrality.”
Its that final word that makes me think. Although the general thrust of the whole piece was that it was Brown’s aides who were drinking too much, rather than the PM himself.
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