Monday, September 25, 2006

"I Am Not Ach-rook"

Having watched today's Labour Party Conference, I have to ask myself - is Gordon Brown the new Tricky Dicky Nixon? There are certainly parallels between the dour Scot and the oft caricatured US president. Nixon has been viewed by history as one with a great intellect - but with the social intelligence of a pubescent teenager. Brown strikes as holding remarkable similarities; the thinking brain, the untamed ambition, the feeling of discomfort in his own skin, the forced and slightly frightening smiles. Nixon often talked about his hard-working family - Brown today mentioned a similar 'you don't get nothing for nothing' attitude to his upbringing - and Nixon was raised by religious parents - Brown's own father was of course a Church Minister. And, of course, if he were to become the next Prime Minister then he will likely oversee the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq. It's no Vietnam, but still....

Finally, and perhaps most apropos of all, it would seem even Blair, our current incumbent, is heeding Nixon's advice; "A man is not finished when he's defeated; he's finished when he quits." Touché.