Thursday 22 March 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: It is good manners that maketh the PM

David Cameron's style of leadership is in stark contrast to the rudeness of Gordon Brown, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Gordon Brown is writing his memoir of the financial crisis, allegedly at the rate of 10,000 words a day (the equivalent of 12 articles this length), which is what one might expect from such a Stakhanovite.

This is excellent therapy, as it allows him to be too busy to watch his hated successor enjoying himself hugely being Prime Minister.

Poor Brown wanted all his life the job for which he proved to be wholly unfit; while David Cameron is skipping around at home and abroad, apparently responding to every crisis with a beam and a 'Bring it on'. He has grace; a quality so evident in his Bloody Sunday speech (which he wrote himself after jettisoning the humming-and-hawing civil service offering) that he has become persona grata even in Irish-America.

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