Wednesday 21 March 2018

James Downey: Principles slide as Brown, Cameron ready for battle

Jim Downey

GORDON Brown kicked off the British general election campaign with an assertion that he came from an ordinary middle-class family. As politicians' fibs go, this was only a venial sin, but it was profoundly untrue.

Brown does not come from an ordinary family. His father was a distinguished Church of Scotland clergyman. No doubt it was from him that the British prime minister learned the fine principles to which he lays claim. He should have said so.

His mention of class was of course aimed chiefly at his main opponent, David Cameron. The Conservative leader is an indubitable toff, but persons of aristocratic descent have as much right to seek the highest office as anyone else. Still, Brown hit where it can hurt electorally.

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