1. It wasn't rush hour it was late morning on the way to his launch event
2. He surrounded himself with friendly Labour activists and then sat there ignoring them in an attempt to look normal
3. He spent the week before last talking about how he wanted to see an end to spin
Something troubled me about this photo when I saw it. Look at the photo carefully. Sue Nye (Mrs Gavin Davies), his Political Secretary, is sitting to his right on the train, but the girl on his left is not exactly an ordinary member of the public either. She is Rohini Simbodyal and she is a 20 year old student at the London School of Oriental and African Studies. But not only that.
Rohini is backing Hazel Blears for the Deputy Leadership and is the Youth and Student Officer for the Enfield Young Labour Party. She is also chair of the SOAS Labour Party and is the black, minority and ethnic officer for Labour students. Clearly not just an average punter on the tube!
This is how she was quoted in the media.
Brown took the London subway, known as the Tube, to the event, impressing atShe also appeared in one of Brown’s video pieces on his campaign site.
least one student, Rohini Simbodyal."We got on the Tube and people were looking
at Gordon Brown," Simbodyal, 20, said. "People were amazed, saying: 'It's
Gordon.' But everyone was very British, they looked and then looked away. A few
people came up and shook his hand and said 'Good luck.' "He was just like a
normal guy," she said.
OK, so it's not exactly Watergate, but if the era of spin is over, why is Gordon Brown's campaign resorting to these sort of tactics to make him look like a common punter? It's not clever and it backfires.
UPDATE Wed: I have removed the photo from this story after the photographer complained about its use.