Sharon Osbourne, Vinnie Jones, Katie Price, Gordon Brown? I must admit I was more than a little surprised to the see the Prime Minister on Piers Morgan’s ‘celeberity’ chatshow.
Brown’s appearance was certainly emotive, but also unnecessary. Chat shows should not be something that features on the agenda of someone who is leading a country.
Politicians should stick to politics rather than attempting to sway voters with endearing personal showcasing.
Also, there is huge hypocrisy involved with this latest venture into personalised public relations. Brown had previously taken the stance that he would never talk about his private life. Perhaps desperation over the impending election drove him to reverse his original position. I strongly suspect his arm was firmly twisted by the spin doctors at Downing Street.
David Cameron has made it clear that he will not be doing anything similar to Brown, and rightfully so. Politicians need to maintain a professionally focused approach rather than playing the family card.
Whether you liked her policies or not, Margaret Thatcher was a great leader. She wisely advised, “to wear your heart on your sleeve isn’t a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.” I severely doubt we would have caught the Iron Lady sitting opposite Piers Morgan.
What matters is the policies that will change the lives of millions of people, not, as Piers Morgan managed to extract, how many women Nick Clegg has slept with. I don’t want to know what politicians are eating for breakfast, what their hobbies are, or how energy efficient their kitchen appliances are. It is merely a trivial distraction from what actually matters.
On reflection Brown has probably done quite well out of his appearance on the ITV chat show. However, we mustn’t forget he got to where he was under the image of being the quiet but efficient and hard-working chancellor. It is this quality he should be utilising against the relatively inexperienced pairing of Osborne and Cameron.
I sincerly hope that in the future, I won’t have to witness any other politicians on such shows. These shows are for ‘celebrities’, an ambigious term, but it certainly shouldn’t include politicians.