January 17th, 2007

Celebrity Culture Bites Brown Back

At the Fabian conference on the weekend Brown condemned Cameron as a lightweight and made a virtue of his grumpy seriousness. The Mirror headlined it “He blasts rival Cameron for ‘fluffy’ showbiz politics” and the Indy more soberly said ‘I’ll have nothing to do with celebrity culture,’ says Brown.

So his India trip is obviously going to be all about one thing only – the travails of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, the Celebrity Big Brother contestant in Britain. All the Indian press want to know are his views on her treatment. The Beeb reports that “Gordon Brown has become involved in the row over alleged racist bullying on Celebrity Big Brother during a visit to India. Mr Brown said the issue had been raised repeatedly during his trip.”

“Celebrity culture” loathing Brown is scheduled to visit a Bollywood film studio on the trip.



Seen Elsewhere

What We Learned From the Referendum | FT
Scottish Crisis Moves South | Nick Wood
English Democrats Accidentally Celebrate Yes Victory | Pink News
Union In Its Current Form is Dead | Janan Ganesh
Labour Could Be Split in Two | Sun
Ashcroft Poll: Why Scotland Voted No | Buzzfeed
Boris: Change Barnett Formula | Sun
Cameron is Back | Dan Hodges
What Happens Now | James Kirkup
Cairo of the North | Quentin Letts
Labour are the Biggest Losers | Phil Collins


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