"He also shies away from today's celebrity culture, thinking much of it schmaltzy and insincere."This is the same Gordon Brown who opined on the Shilpa Shetty affair, had secret drinks with Kylie Minogue, who recorded a tribute to Countdown on its 25th birthday, who offered GMTV's Fiona Phillips a peerage and a place in cabinet. The same Gordon Brown whose invitees to Chequers include Lord Attenborough, Beatles producer Sir George Martin and Four Weddings and a Funeral writer Richard Curtis, Sir Tom Stoppard, Lady Antonia Fraser, Piers Morgan and Kathy Lette.
Gordon Brown does not shy away from celebrity culture, he embraces it because he thinks it makes him look human. How wrong he is, he has all the warmth and sincerity of a snake and the fakest smile of any politician I have ever seen. For the avoidance of doubt, none of this would matter if Gordon Brown had run our economy competently; if he had been the economic genius that he believes he is, then he could be as weird and unpleasant as he wanted to be but he has failed at that as well so no excuses.