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Gordon likes to travel by train

Sunday, June 21 2009

“If you could run No 10 from a train, getting round the country, that would be the best way.”

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Gordon Brown and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stand in front of 10 Downing Street on April 2009. Photo Presidential Press and Information Office (www.kremlin.ru)

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As part of the UK Prime Minister’s campaign to soften his public image he allowed the Guardian’s Katharine Viner shadow him for a morning and an afternoon last week. The resulting article is quite revealing,Tunnel Vision readers will be particularly interested in Gordon Brown’s admission that

I’ve tried to get around the country more, it’s much more interesting … It’s been very difficult to focus on [strategic planning] because you have to deal with immediate events like if a bank’s going to go under. It’s difficult to be running around the country if you’re dealing with that… If you could run No 10 from a train, getting round the country, that would be the best way.

I’ve Googled “gordon brown train” and come up with a score of pictures showing the UK prime minister travelling by train, including one of him on a Eurostar train to Brussels. So it’s true, Gordon recognizes the advantages of travelling by train. What a pity that when he lived at 11 Downing St he did nothing to persuade the Treasury of the advantages of building a railway network in Britain fit for the 21st century!

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