POLITICIANS NOT CELEBRITIES

9 03 2010

My desire to vote Labour has been brought into question recently. The appeal of their leader, our Prime Minister, was his seriousness. Over on the right David Cameron was happy to ham it up for the papers with novelties such as “Web-Cameron” while failing to come up with any policies. One was a serious politician; the other belonged on Britain’s Got Talent.

That was until the evening of Valentine’s Day when, the most obnoxious man on the planet, Piers Morgan, managed to get an exclusive, hour long interview with Gordon Brown.

We were treated to a carefully orchestrated PR attempt to make Gordon look human. He openly wept when discussing the tragic death of his daughter. A highly private politician emoting about a highly private topic on national television didn’t sit well with me. I liked Gordon because he didn’t discuss this; because he didn’t look for sympathy for the fact he is blind in one eye.

Now it seems he wants to be everybody’s buddy. A trick Blair could pull off but not Brown. Even Blair went too far when he told a journalist: “Just call me Tony” to which the journalist refused out of respect for the office of Prime Minister.

Gordon play to your strengths, I don’t want to be your mate; I don’t care to know about your private life. The country is on the long road to recovery from recession and I would feel a lot safer with you at the head of government than Web-Cameron. People who vote want politicians, if you really want to earn my respect and vote, then do an hour long interview with Jeremy Paxman. I don’t think anyone would blame you if you came out of that one crying.

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