You'd have thought that Gordon Brown would have learnt his lesson with the media, after the disastrous Basra visit and the interview with Andrew Marr. But yesterday, Brown was at it again, overtly lying at his press conference, when he said he had no plans to meet David Beckham. A few hours later, there was Beckham's Bentley, pulling into Downing Street for Goldenballs to have a quick chat with the Prime Minister about our World Cup bid. And as if to pour even more fat onto the fire, instead of telling all the media this is happening, he invites his Arselicker-in-Chief Bob Roberts (remember him?) round to grab a quick chat with Beckham, to the exlusion of the rest of the media. Ben Brogan and Sam Coates (who has started a new blog for The Times called Red Box) have started to pour the "brown stuff" over Brown. Expect the rest of the pack to follow suit.
By the way, I thought Gordon Brown has eschewed the culture of celebrity... Sorry, I forgot this was the man who, a few days before saying he was going to do just that, had had dinner with Kylie Minogue. And they reckon spin is a declining art in the Brown administation. You're 'avin a larf.