Gordon Brown and JFK don't, on the surface of it, appear to have much in common. But the Dour One is aiming to emulate his hero by publishing a book in 2008 called Courage of Heroes. Kennedy published a book before he became President called Profiles in Courage, where he profiled eight US Senators (both Democrat and Republican) who had displayed bravery and courage. Brown's book was supposed to have come out this year, but instead he brought out a mind numbingly dull collection of his speeches instead.
The blurb on Brown's book (see Amazon) invites satire.
What makes some men and women take difficult decisions and do the right thing against the odds, when easier and far less dangerous alternatives are open to them?
Translation: Why didn't I challenge Tony Blair when it was easier not to?
Why do some people have what Dostoevsky calls the courage to dare, when most of us feel pretty sure we wouldn't be able to match their daring?.
Translation: You're not wrong there, Gordon. See above.
Gordon Brown has hardly taken a political risk in his life, so I'm not sure he's qualified to write the book. The reason why he hasn't copied Kennedy's book in profiling brave politicians is that he'd have to be non partisan - and Gordon Brown is the most partisan politician of modern times. He genuinely can see no good whatsoever in anyone who doesn't share his own political outlook. And that's one reason among many why he will be a truly terrible Prime Minister.