Brown’s moral compass is a spin

Gordon Brown had a notoriously difficult relationship with his father. It has prevented him remembering the old clergyman’s warning about selling one’s soul for a mess of pottage (or even a general election). Of course, politics is a dirty trade and shroud-waving for the sympathy vote is common enough. What makes the recent charade so shameful, however, was his endless boasting that the privacy of the Brown family life was non-negotiable. In 2008 he sanctimoniously proclaimed, “Some people have been asking why I haven’t served my children up for spreads in the papers. And my answer is simple. My children aren’t props; they’re people.” Brown’s moral compass lost its bearings long ago but it is now spinning at such a rate the whole unit may take off.

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