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Nicolas Leonard: Spin doctors furious as allegations about Brown's temper and self-doubt dominate the media

Nicolas Leonard

Published 22/02/2010 | 05:00

Britain is heading for the most personality-driven general election for 100 years, said former chairman of the Conservatives David Davis yesterday, and it is the personality of Prime Minister Gordon Brown which is at the centre of the contest.

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To the fury of Brown's spin doctors, allegations about his temper, his depressions, his indecision and his self-doubt are dominating the media agenda at a time when they had been hoping to launch their general election campaign.

There is nothing new about amateur psychologists ferreting around in the recesses of the Brown ego, but the worries about his capacities and stability have been given fresh impetus by a new book about Labour written by respected political commentator Andrew Rawnsley.

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