There has been much mocking of the philosopher’s bourn that is Gordon Brown’s mind, yeah, even a suggestion that he long since lost control of it.
His new found Oprah Winfrey style ‘definitely-not-a-party-political-broadcast-I-haven’t-announced-the-date-yet’ bearing of the soul has been particularly badly received in the blogosphere.
However, I have been reading again some of the transcripts of his recent attempts at the Greek concept of parrhesia, and been impressed with his veracity.
Take his interview with Piers Morgan. He was asked about his proposal to Sarah Brown, or rather his attempt to get himself appointed husband to Sarah Brown.
Did he go down on one knee, humbled, and ask if she would have him? No, he didn’t. He merely informed her that he thought he should be appointed husband ‘as soon as possible’. I find that remarkably revealing – this is not just a man who wishes to tamper with our democracy, this is a man who believes in every area of his life that what he wants should happen as soon as possible, with the least element of choice on the part of those he wishes to inflict himself on.
Again this week, he has been out and about, revealing his true self to millions of readers of Tesco’s free magazine (this is not a party political etc. ad nauseum). He spoke of his Mother, the Nanny figure in all our lives, who tells us what to do, what to think, what to eat, whilst we are too powerless to rebel.
Did he extol the virtues of becoming an adult, reveling in the freedom of personal responsibility? No, he didn’t. He said “Your mother is so central to everything that you are, as well as what you do and how you behave, that it’s very difficult to contemplate life without her.”
This is a man who believes that human beings find it difficult to operate without a guiding figure telling them what to do, how to behave. We shouldn’t be surprised at the rise of the Nanny state.
Can anybody else come up with good examples of Gordon Brown revealing more than we thought in those ‘personal interviews’?
ps. The picture says mantel receiver, not mental receiver!