“It’s the lie that kills you”
I haven’t had time until now to note Damian McBride’s heartwarming praise of Gordon Brown’s integrity in Saturday’s Independent when confronted by a difficult choice between truth and advantage:
The only time I saw Gordon Brown face anything like that dilemma was when a journalist asked me if Tom Watson had visited his Scottish home prior to the 2006 “coup” against Tony Blair.
They had no evidence and asked the question with no confidence. So when Gordon told me Tom had indeed visited, I said – to my shame – we could probably get away with it. He replied instantly: “Never do that. It’s the lie that kills you.”’
What a shame that Brown ignored his own advice when he said that the opinion polls were irrelevant to his decision to call off plans for a general election in the autumn of 2007. When Andrew Marr asked him in that recorded interview on 6 October 2007 about the polls that had turned against him, Brown said:
If I’m honest, the real reason that I have decided is that I believe the country deserves to see from us our vision for change for the future, and the implementation of it, in a way that was not possible, let’s be honest, because of the events of the summer.
His advice was proven right. His credibility never recovered.Tagged in: Gordon Brown, truth or lies
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