The press are somewhat different. Theirs is generally wikipedia history, fudged to sound broadly intelligent, judicious to demonstrate the benefit of one’s higher education. In determining the dominant historical characters which our present political luvvies will play, central casting is preferred. Mr Brown has benefited from this plodding insistence on such old archetypes – Stalin, Thatcher, Major – and so on.
Alex Salmond, the Maximum Eck, did something a little more interesting by first characterising and then incessantly repeating the idea that the abolition of the graduate endowment represented “restoring the principle of free education in
However, after Caroline Flint dissipated last week, I was sure that someone, somewhere would follow the frayed threads of imagination to one obvious comparator for James Gordon Brown – Jamie Saxt, James the 1st and 6th, Mr Regal Union. King Gordo Saxt liked his books as a young man, cutting a parchmenty and industrious figure with a head for abstruse theorising. In his personal life, he showed little interest in women until an appropriate wife was identified and imported.
After the departure of his predecessor – who bore no issue – Gordo Saxt was surreptitiously punted into the Government of England by the smooth backhanding of the officers of state, making for a tidy but awkward succession. Nevertheless, he showed his commitment to unity between the Scots and the English, requesting the title King of Great Britain, which was, alas, rejected by the English Parliament. He would remain, ultimately, the