WE had a bit of fun door-stepping Gordon Brown in Islington earlier this year, asking his powdered face why the Labour government hadn’t done more to help Camden’s council tenants. He muttered a promise to help but there hasn’t been much movement since.
In a sketch of his visit to see party members that day, we compared the pushy press operation to the comical farce of In The Loop, Armando Ianucci’s movie masterpiece which takes the fudge out of obsessive spin doctors. Maybe the PM’s minders took personally our mini expose of the organised penguin flapping that began when his limo first pulled up. Maybe that’s why we were not invited to meet Brown again when he visited the Kiln Place Estate in Gospel Oak with Home Secretary Alan Johnson in today.
Of course, Brown is a busy man – yup, he has an expenses bill to settle and all that – but he should have had time for a couple of questions from little ol’ us. After all he had time to make a video for the Downing Street website which hardly anybody will watch.
We weren’t going to grill him about retinal tears or cleaning receipts, there are more pressing issues for people in Camden. By keeping his visits to Camden so secretive and low-key, he risks looking a little scared he hasn’t the answers to their questions and at the same time throws away a golden opportunity to explain to voters here why they should still back him.