Gordon Brown’s appearance at Leveson is yet another reminder of his stubborn refusal to ever admit error. The contrast between his and Tony Blair’s testimony is striking. One is left wondering how Brown ever became Prime Minister.
Brown is maintaining that he didn’t get too close to the Murdochs, and that he never knew or encouraged his special advisers to brief against Tony Blair or other colleagues. Taking Brown at his word, the latter suggests that his operation was even more dysfunctional than we thought.
One thing worth noting is that Brown has denied wholesale Rupert Murdoch’s claim, made on oath, that Brown called him after The Sun withdrew its support from Labour and told him that he had no choice but to ‘make war’ on the company. It’ll be interesting to see if the inquiry attempts to adjudicate on whose recollection of these events is accurate.
Brown’s evidence is also a reminder of his pettiness. He has delighted in pointing out that he hasn’t read Mandelson’s memoirs and only read Darling’s yesterday.Tags: Gordon Brown, Leveson inquiry, New Labour, Tony Blair