When I watched Gordon Brown's Andrew Marr interview, I was struck by one thing. Looking into his eyes, I saw Anthony Eden staring back at me. Brown is in a hole, he's flailing around and hasn't got a clue where he's going. He was totally exposed by Marr asking him, if things have changed, what one policy is different now from what it was a week ago. Brown had no answer. All he could do was drone on about understanding people's concerns without actually saying how they could be addressed. He then attributed the government's problems to bad presentation without seeming to realise that you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. I laughed out loud when he came out with the equivalent of Bill Clinton's "I feel your pain".
By the end of the interview Brown was just rambling. Marr was far more searching in his questions than he has been in the past with Brown and Brown didn't know how to deal with it. I suspect Adam Boulton will be even more aggressive in his interview after 10am on Sky.
The fact that MacAvity has been forced to undertake two consecutive live interviews on the same day says it all. Can anyone remember a Prime Minister doing such a thing in the past?
Andrew Marr left me open mouthed when he asked Brown if he was physically up to it. He followed it up by telling Brown that people felt he was a bit weird - not like them. Brown dealt with it reasonably well, but it was a crushing moment for him. To be asked a question like that must have been deeply insulting. Marr then followed it up by asking him if he was really up to the job. Instead of a passionate or angry response, he just listed all the things he was doing for the country and then compared himself with John McCain.
Clarissa Eden once said she felt as if the Suez Canal was running through the Number Ten living room. Sarah Brown must be fed up with all those 10p tax bills dropping through the Number Ten letterbox.