Belfast Telegraph

Gordon's political health is in terminal decline

By Lindy McDowell

Amid all his many woes, Gordon Brown was questioned on TV at the weekend about whether he uses prescription drugs to stay on top of things.

He robustly denied he ever did any such thing. I believe him.

Put it like this, if this is Gordon on uppers, you'd dread to think what he'd be like on downers. Should he have been asked such a disrespectful question? Of course he should.

He's the country's leader.

Bizarre as such rumours might be, it's important that they're dispelled from the horse's mouth, so to speak.

The odd claims have reportedly been doing the rounds in Westminster and on the internet so it was fair enough to put them to Gordon.

If a leading politician couldn't handle this sort of stuff you'd have to wonder about his future.

The thing is, everyone is already wondering about Gordon's future. He might be in the very best of physical health but his political life expectancy does not have a good prognosis.

Champing at the bit - and at his heels - are numerous New Labour wannabes who'd be only too happy to see Gordon drop off his political perch.

The problem from their point of view is that, whatever he's suffering from in the polls, they're infected with it too.

There is such a thing as the miracle recovery, of course. Stranger things have happened than a written-off party making an impressive comeback.

But with the Lib Dems' recent dip, the Tories getting stronger by the day and New Labour's seemingly terminal decline, it's hard to see Mr Brown, the political patient, back on the mend anytime soon.

It isn't the men in white coats carrying off their leader the current government needs to worry about. It's the seeming inevitability of Labour flat-lining in the polling booths.


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