Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Gordon’s tears smack of a cynical election ploy

Either politicians are too cynical or I am. That is the only conclusion I can come to after reading the story at the weekend that Prime Minister Gordon Brown was reduced to tears when talking about his children on a television programme yet to be screened.

Apparently he — and his wife Sarah — broke down when the PM recalled in an interview with Piers Morgan how his baby daughter Jennifer died and how his son Fraser could face premature death from cystic fibrosis.

I don’t blame the Browns for showing emotion over the death of a daughter and the illness of a son. To lose one child and possibly a second must be an awful cross to bear.

If it was just an ordinary family, we would be praising Piers Morgan for bringing us that story.

But we know that the Browns were only on the programme because there is a general election looming.

Unfortunately, that is the way politicians have got us all thinking.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz