An article in the Mail on Sunday previewing a new book by the journalist Andrew Rawnsley reveals what we have long known about the Prime Minister. He is, in fact more of a Prime Monster.
The book claims, among other things, that Brown:
Hit a senior aide, as he rushed to a reception at Downing Street; Physically pulled a secretary out of her chair and sat down himself to type a memo, because she could not keep up with him; Hurled foul mouthed abuse at aides in a Washington hotel room, after it emerged that he had been snubbed on several occasions by Mr Obama.
This is not the first time that we have heard of foul mouthed rants from the Son of the Manse. We have also heard of furniture being smashed, and of Nokias flying across the room.
The book, “The End of the Party”, published by Viking and out on March 1, also contains details of the relationship between Blair and Brown, and that between Brown and Mandleson, and of how they buried the hatchet when Mandleson returned to government as a peer to save Brown's butt last year. It should be a fascinating read.
Number 10 has of course denied the reports, describing them as fanciful, but it is thought that Labour is worried that the revelations may damage the party in the run up to the election.
In another humiliating episode for the government, Mrs Clinton when invited to stay at the grace and favour residence of the Foreign Secretary, Chevening, a delightful mansion with 115 rooms set in a large country estate, is reputed to have joked... “It had better be before May 6 David!”
So America has written them off as well. Oh well, parting will be such sweet...erm.... sweetness!