Gordon Brown Is Hanged In Downing Street
THE portrait of Gordon Brown now hangs on wall on the second flight of stairs at Number 10 Downing Street. The face of the man who was Prime Minister – who never led his party to a victory in a General Election – hangs just below Tony Blair’s portrait.
While Tony looks light of face, shiny eyed and touched by a kind of divine magic, Brown is shrunken, apologetic and small.
His hands are clasped over his groin and his head cocked to one side, lending him the demeanour of a school’s head of department watching a promising student accept a prize. It’s hard to believe he was ever Prime Minister.
In decades to come, Brown will be the tricky answer in a pub quiz.