Showing posts from August, 2007

Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown's on holiday. Not in Italy, or the Vrigin Islands; he's spending a few days in Dorset, then heading to the family home in Scotland. Yet another instance of his difference from his predecessor, and another ratchet turned in his moulding himself into the British people's affections. I have to confess that, so far, and despite myself, I have warmed considerably to Brown. I liked his cancelling of the supercasino policy. I thought his first cabinet was weighty and talented. I preferred his measured, unhysterical response to the airport attacks at the outset of his premiership. I like his frequent use of the Commons for his statements. I liked his businesslike, besuited meeting with George Bush. There has, in fact, not been much to take offence at. He comes across as a professional premier, eschewing showiness, concentrating on the job, and revealing a clear, principled basis for his work. What is most obvious is that what makes him appealing at present, is that he…