Conversations, Personal and Published

We had a great weekend, meeting up with old friends (one of whom was graduating with a degree in maths – congrats again, Bettina!) and celebrating another family birthday, as well as Fathers’ Day (which naturally involved country walks). A very fine recharge for the old batteries – thanks everyone.

The eye was caught, of course, by Gordon Brown’s interview in the Guardian: he could walk away tomorrow and go into teaching, you know. Which is obviously why he’s clinging on to office by his fingernails. To be fair to him, he came across as humane and thoughtful – and did a similar turn in, er, the News of the World. More of this, please.

Meanwhile, less of this, Daily Telegraph: Eurosceptic conspiracy theories from a leading national Sunday? Who would have thought it?


2 thoughts on “Conversations, Personal and Published

  1. He certainly came across as humane but I wouldn’t say thoughtful. Whenever it turned to actual politics he was blank, defensive and very much on the talking points (“Damien McBride does not work for me”, “loads of other women attend cabinet”, etc). I found the interview rather frustrating because it again made me think of the prime minister he could be instead of than the one he.

  2. danhartland says:

    I know what you mean, but I suppose in a dashed off way I was using ‘thoughtful’ as an extension of ‘humane’ – that is, what we got from the interview was the sense of a man with interests beyond the political. Obviously this is no particular good on the policy front, and of course ultimately Brown will live and die on that. But an agenda takes longer to present than a human face – and he does need both.

    I agree that it was a bitter-sweet interview for the reason you describe. Ah, what might have been.

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