In a splendid little piece, Quentin Letts has excoriated Gordon Brown, Piers Morgan and ITV for the lightweight divertissement masquerading as an in-depth political interview that was broadcast on Sunday night. Have we, he asks, become too interested in the personalities of politicians, and is our democracy cheapened as a result?
Ye gods. Here is a politician standing for our highest public office and ITV’s interviewer wants to know if he had sex in the cabin of a public jetliner. It’s the Jonathan Ross-isation of television.
Well, yes, but I think it goes deeper than that. Perhaps the only moment where we saw the real Gordon Brown was when, insincerity oozing from every pore, he urged….
Please, call me Gordon.
….thus, in one short sentence laying bare for those with eyes to see his inability, or stubborn refusal, to distinguish between respect for the individual and respect for the title, and hence the utter contempt with which he views our democratic institutions.
Peter Hitchens is right though. Those who would supplant him, from within his party and without, are no better.