September 27th, 2009

+++ Marr Asks : Are You Taking Pills? +++

Gordon denied it in unclear terms.

UPDATE : Who Will Ask the Prime Minister? was Guido’s question earlier this month.  All credit to Andrew Marr, who has often been criticised by Guido for pulling his punches in interviews with Gordon Brown. 

Gordon looked furious.

UPDATE II : James Forsyth and Sam Coates both question whether it was right to ask the Prime Mentalist if he was on pills, Guido suspects they don’t think it right.  However there are not only persistent rumours going around about Gordon’s mental health, there are also rumours and speculation (even in the Spectator and Times) that he will be removed from the leadership in a choreographed ill health waltz off into the sunset.  Gordon was given a chance to slap those rumours down.  After the Charles Kennedy cover-up the Lobby needs to get these issues out into the open instead of worry about getting the cold shoulder from a Downing Street press officer.  Bravo Marr.

UPDATE III : Strangely Guido is unable to find the clip on the BBC site so this is courtesy of ToryBear -


  1. 1
    Dack Blog says:

    It must be true then.

  2. 2
    13eastie says:

    Lack of insight.
    A sign of severe psychiatric illness.

  3. 3
    Down with Brown! says:

    He said no to Marr’s long question that included whether his sight is getting worse or whether he is on painkillers. After saying no he avoided the issue of mental health.

  4. 4
    THE_FORCE says:

    Red or Blue pills?

  5. 5

    Good on him but OMG, the man’s OD’d on them this morning – he’s totally hyper and still won’t listen to what’s being asked…back to Sky on pause…!

  6. 6
    Gordon bonkers? says:

    It wasn’t a very clear denial was it? And he looked very very ill at ease and uncomfortable. Look at the sweat running down his forehead.

  7. 7
    Dack Blog says:

    Talking about accountability! Jeez!

  8. 8
    Down with Brown! says:

    Brown is promising a lot more regulation and red tape for the banks. Vote Labour for an end to capitalism!

  9. 9
    Gordon Brown is bonkers says:

    This is far longer than he let Clegover droan on last week. In any case, this interview is bad for Gordon, and shows exactly that he would be REALLY bad at having a live televised debate .

    But most of all, this interview shows Gordon is stark staring mad.

    We have to thank New Labour for saving the banks? What a nut job!

  10. 10
    Dack Blog says:

    He’s definitely not going to quit from that performance, that’s for sure.

  11. 11
    Scenic says:

    Lovely Naga Munchetty, Oh Christ back to Gordon

  12. 12
    Gordon Brown is bonkers says:

    Good news, his eyes are okay though!

  13. 13
    going mental says:

    fuck you watched it and kept your breakfast down ?

  14. 14
    Scenic says:

    Nobody realised the world had gone so global, lol

  15. 15
    Beautiful Day says:

    Marr let him off by combining the eyesight and pills question, a quick no and a lot of detail about his eyes, when Marr repeated the pills questiona dismissive “I’ve already answered that”.

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    Fidel X Penses says:

    He might as well deny being Scottish for all we’d believe it.

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    Down with Brown! says:

    Even by Brown’s terrible standards, that was an appalling interview, his very very worst yet. No wonder his spin doctors don’t want a televised debate. Cameron and even Clegg would destory Brown. He avoided even the easy questions. He sounded uneasy and insincere. He looked like a man on the edge of a nervous breakdown. Time for the voters to put GB out of his considerable misery!

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    Troughy says:

    “I’ve answered you…”

    Didn’t believe you I’m afraid. Can’t think why that might be.

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    Terrible But True says:

    This is a major political show that seems to be the only one that such as Mr. Brown seems willing to appear upon.

    Can’t really say that Andrew didn’t try his darndest to make a few salient points.

    But was he either misinformed and hence ‘wrong’ (according to Dear Leader)? And if not, why did he… at best… allow a bullying, blustering waste of space like Brown roll over him and churn out hypothetical stats on what the Conservatives ‘would’ do vs. what he and his GOAT herd have spent the last 12 years doing, and where it has got us, plus the consequences of their current headless chicken style of knee jerk government.

    No Prime Minister. It is not very funny. Supporting your delusional world view (the pills question was almost designed to be scuppered in advance by setting up the eyesight red herring) until the last legal moment that one is allowed to get a vote has cost this country, and its future generations dear.

    Leadership is not just about tough decisions. It is about making right ones… and then persuading those you purport to lead to follow. Uh-huh.

    All that I have seen of late is ‘unacceptable’, and I will soon get to make my strong protest. Fortunately, for now, it will be a darn sight more effective than any this government makes to Libya.

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    Beautiful Day says:

    Came over as a bully, interrupting the questions so he could get his prepared waffle spouted.

  21. 21
    Cameron Beach says:

    Like Nixon, his forehead was dripping with sweat – antidepressants make you sweat profusely

  22. 22
    Dack Blog says:

    Maybe they ‘negoitiated’ the question beforehand…? Scotch the rumours?

  23. 23
    CCL says:

    I think those who are wise in body behaviour, resposnding to the question (because he did not clearly answer the pills part) with his over his mouth was significant.

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    Tapestry says:

    Brown couldn’t believe his luck that Marr strayed onto his health. He slowed down his pace, expanded his reply to several volumes, knowing Marr would have less time to fire his finale killer questioning. Gordon wants more questions about his health. He knows how to play the sympathy ticket.

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    Troughy says:

    Hattie, as someone predicted a couple of days ago, is wearing the giraffe suit.

  26. 26
    James1st says:

    What on earth do you expect? this man is a fuck-wit!

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    Billy Blofeld says:

    He clearly told a whopper. His lies are so transparent.

    He told the lie, then immediately tried to jabber on about his eyesight and rugby, since he thinks he’ll get sympathy and can hide from the real question.

    The only possible conclusion: Gordon IS chugging pills.

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    chronic says:

    Animated, sweaty, fast talking, repetition, interrupting the PM is a FUCKING COKE HEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. 29
    neddy says:

    One question he didn’t ask him, was if Baroness Scotland had seen the cleaners passport as claimed, why didn’t she notice the visa had run out?

  30. 30

    “I wasn’t in the chamber for Gadufffy speech”….No change there then Macavity!

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    clwyd says:

    He said he doesn’t have any doubts. Only the insane don’t have any doubts.

  32. 32
    Dack Blog says:

    Harriet now chatting to Boulton.

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    South East Voter says:

    I don’t think he needed to answer the question. His body language, tone of voice and attitude said it all. There is no point listening to what he actually said its all just noise.

  34. 34
    Six Exit Strategies for Brown and One where he clings on as his fingers are prised from the door says:

    In the Times to-day

  35. 35

    So Andy copped out again. McM is clearly on the the Mono Amine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) that John Ward of Not Born Yesterday revealed 3 weeks ago.

    Be afraid folks – be very afraid of this deluded nutcase!

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    tyke says:

    I particularly enjoyed the way Fat Boy Slim made a prat of himself. Hmmm….I wonder which way he votes.

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    Shocked of Sheen says:

    Who prescribes his medication? Who delivers the prescription to the dispensary? Who counts out the pills?
    Or does our prime minister use private health care rather than the NHS?

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    Law Of Averages says:

    How many times has Gordon done the right thing? Countless times according to him during the interview. The odds are that he must be going to do the wrong thing big time pretty soon – surely even he can see that.

  39. 39
    Dack Blog says:

    Apparently no one blames Gordon for the situation we are in. In fact he’s solved it. Ooh, and led the world!

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    AnonymousSource says:

    “I was too busy avoiding the kitchen knives as I had a one to one “talk and walk” with PRESIDENT Obama That is PRESIDENT Obama – Andrew ! The “Special Relationship” is safe in my hands and as you know I had another meeting with PRESIDENT Obama in Pittsburgh where he agreed totally with my strategy for saving the World Economy”

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    lintoff says:

    Gordon is shit. Everybody knows it except him.

  42. 42

    Lack Of Eyesight ?

  43. 43
    Dick the Prick says:

    Sweating like a rapist too

  44. 44
    Sarah says:

    Does anyone know the name of Michael Jackson’s doctor and how he can be contacted?

  45. 45
    markedman says:

    LOL! Agreed, what a tosser!

  46. 46
    Fed up to the back teeth says:

    But he only asked if they were painkillers .

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    Prontaprint says:

    Or that it was apparently done on a “John Bull Printing Kit” – the giveaway was it was issued by the “Government of Toytown” but the Baroness probably thought that was a UK dependency !

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    Dack Blog says:

    I thought Marr was tougher than usual. But Brown’s not going to go, which is good for the Tories. The conference will be the last chance to out him and I doubt they’d have the stomach for it.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Why does McPill Popper keep going on about how HE personally saved the world? He didn’t, no one believes him except himself and it just makes him look barking mad.

    What a tool.

  50. 50
    a stewdant says:

    “As I said to all the other World Leaders in Pittsburgh………”

    Get used to this, you’re gonna hear this a lot over the next few weeks.

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    Anonymous says:

    Well done Gordon, only a few more days and mission accomplished, you can then relax and will be well rewarded for your efforts.

    On a brighter note:-
    I have arranged for the Pope to pop over to your country next year where he will receive my blessing. He will be over just before the election , don’t want the Tories to bask in any glory.

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    Dack Blog says:


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    cant hunter says:

    Cameron Beach, I can vouch fot that; the reason that I came off anti- depressants after a few years is that I found the excessive sweating unbearable.

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    You have no proof that he is a wacky nuthatch. He is a calculating professional nation trasher and should be inexcused at his trial.

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    Did Marr bottle too? says:

    I think Marr Bottled too. He looked just as uncomfortable asking the Question as Gordon did answering.

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    bandersnatch says:

    Spot on, BD. When asked by Marr about things he could have handled better, or about his ‘failures’, he could not admit he had done anything which, with hindsight, he would like to have changed. A big mistake on his part, that. Instead, he said I would have done X and Y, even more and stronger than I did because they were the right things to do. IYSWIM.

    A more confident, or less psychologically mixed up politician, would have had some minor excusable failure ready to trot out in response to this most obvious of questions, so as not to seem to be going on and on mulishly claiming to be 100% right at all times.

    He doesn’t do ‘conversation’ does he? I mean that procedure where one person says something and the next one responds. He likes to get into security mode where he drones on and on with what he wants to rabbit on about or feels safer rabbitting about (which is mostly how clever and successful he is and how abroad everyone KNOWS this).

    All in all I felt he was being interviewed for the office of prime minister and obviously failing to get the job.

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    going mental says:

    this bloke is a fucking joke and a sick one at that

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    Ratsniffer says:

    Guido, impossible to watch this shite and not choke on my rather delicious sunday morning kipper. I’d have had more respect for Marr if he’d used the Robin Day technique: “Are you taking drugs for any form of depression or mental illness? Just answer yes or no!” (keep repeating until interviewee caves in)

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    Sadie the Labrador says:

    My boss couldn’t see what was going on, and that didn’t stop him being a great Home Secretary.

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    Yo- I’d believe baroness Scotland is though

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    Gordon says:

    It’s quite untrue to suggest I was unable to have any face to face time with President Obama. Look after the fine set of DVD he presented me with on a previous visit, this time he gave me this delightful pair of marigolds.

  62. 62
    Throbber says:

    Maybe because he is in fact, barking mad.

  63. 63
    bandersnatch says:

    Maybe he’s going to end his big conference speech by gibbering over and over again: “I am World Statesman of the Year!”

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    jgm2 says:

    Probably frightened the great clunking fist might smash the chair over his skull for impertinence.

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    marmaduke says:

    Note that he is making an attempt to steal Tory clothes with an announcement about establishing a culture of not having rights without responsibilities.

    Trying to woo the middle classes? Too fucking late you tosser.

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    Ctesibius says:

    I particularly liked his throw-away line thet ‘someone tried to bomb the Grand Hotel’ or something like that… Made it sound like a spot of Saturday-night vandalism…

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    The Baroness Scotland says:

    Gordon Brown is a good man. His failing seems to be that he tries too hard to do the right thing. Having said that, he got it wrong on Baroness Scotland and the McCanns, but there is still nobody better to replace him.

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    Troughy says:

    Polly Toyinme coming up on Jabba the Boult’s show. Snotty, now this. It’s a proper Lewis Carrollfest of a sunday morning.

  69. 69
    Seasick Dave says:

    Sadie, I think you need to lie down. No, not on the sofa.

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    Dack Blog says:

    Hague on Sky at eleven.

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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Ah yes, but he didn’t once mention suppositories, depot booster injections, controlled-release implants, transdermal patches …

    And clearly, no – Gordon *wasn’t* taking pills: he was talking to Andrew.

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    Ctesibius says:

    I watched on a rather large screen. Always a mistake with Snotty – he really does have a face for radio.

    When the pill question came up I steeled myself and stood right next to the screen. The sweat was just POURING off him. Absolutely revolting and a clear sign he was deeply uncomfortable with the subject.

    Interesting though that his response was a clear denial that he is or has been on nay prescription drugs. That must be a lie even if he’s not on anti-depressants. Any chance of an FoI request to prove it?

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    bandersnatch says:

    Absolutely… a most uncomfortable and completely unconvincing exchange between him and Marr…


  74. 74
    The Baroness Sleaze says:

    My name seems to have changed to Baroness Scotland??

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    Seasick Dave says:

    He’s North British, as he likes to point out.

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    bandersnatch says:

    Don’t think he got away with it. It didn’t go well for him.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Fat Polly, perhaps she’ll end up working for the BBC again? after all the BBC is looking to recruit some old fat bags.

    She really is fucking ugly.

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    jgm2 says:

    No rights without responsibilities? Well his government has spent 12 years dismantling our rights so surely he can’t expect anybody to have any repsonsibilities?

    Which chimes nicely with the narrative that his government doesn’t seem to be responsible for anything that goes wrong.

  79. 79
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am not resigning. I’m getting on with the business of bombing Iran.

  80. 80
    Cameron Beach says:

    Brighton Lovin’ Fat Boy loves Brighton sooo much he’s sold his house on the beach and is moving (to Dorset?) I read in the Brighton local paper

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    Does a coke head act like Brown then? Its a bit worrying. I don’t personally know any so the insight is useful for educating people not to smoke it

  82. 82
    Bobby G says:

    For Brown to play the “I’m no quitter hand” just shows that he has absolutely no other cards to play.
    The intriguing question to me is,does Gordon realise that he is teetering on the brink?,he is totally in the hands of Mandelson.
    History suggests that Mandy will be spending the conference sounding out his own prospects if a leadership vacancy arises.
    There is no way back for Brown,it doesn’t matter what he says,his past record means that nobody believes him any more

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    Dack Blog says:

    If he had any sense he’d realise that most people would have more respect for him if he’d owned up to it, if true. Equally when asked if he’d made mistakes (most certainly true – who doesn’t?) rather than drone on about doing the right thing but ‘not being tough enough’. At least then he’d seem human.

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    Brighton Grand Hotel Room Service says:

    Blue Cheese & Marmite sandwich and a glass of Chianti for the PMs suite!

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    So what you’re saying is he will by law of averages do the right thing really. Like die?

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    MB says:

    Perhaps Cameron, the Liberal chap and other party leaders should put pressure on him by making public their own medical reports at the election.

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    Dack Blog says:

    He said ‘Brighton’ welcomes anyone. You don’t speak for Brighton you tosser.

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    Yes I have his number. – STD 1234654

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    chronic says:

    Good quote from tango man on Boulton ” in the interest of democracy the prime minister will decide “

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    If This Clown Keeps Saying “I Took The Right Decisions” And You Look At The State We are In ! What State Will We Be In When He Makes The Wrong Ones ?

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    Justaskin' says:

    Knocked you back then?
    Shame, she looks like she could do with a bit.

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    Troughy says:

    Hah! Watson’s gone Dolly!

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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Or the truly mediocre.

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    He is. Imagine the leader of say japan, india USA saying over that he had saved the world. We’d laugh if it wasn’t true and so they laugh at us.

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    Tony says:

    Yeah, Brown looked unhappy although I think that questioning him about his eyesight will only illicit sympathy for the guy, so it ought to stop.

    Brown was sweating like a pig.

    I thought Boulton grilling of Harridan Harperson was pretty good as well…..To paraphrase…….Well if Gordon Brown would win a televised debate and Cameron is all image and no substance why doesn’t he do it. He will be able to make Cameron look a fool?

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    Old Nick Heavenly says:

    You lot obviously have much stonger stomachs than me!

  97. 97
    S.B.S. says:

    Well Marr can ask any question he wants,
    but we all know, you will never get the truth.
    “Socialism and truth are very strange bed-fellows”

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    mitch says:

    With a villa in tuscany why is polly so pale? still talking bollox though.

  99. 99
    mitch says:

    Tom(who the fuck) watson rimming brown on live tv ……the man has no shame

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    a good excuse to cancel the election?

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    Scenic says:

    Was he being good when he was throwing furniture at young female secrataries and reducing them to tears? Or threatening anyone who dares to make a move against him inside the PLP with smears from Mcbride about their personal lives FFS

    Everyone who has personal contact whith him seems to intimate he is a nasty insecure cowardly vicious bully.

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    W.W. says:

    I suspect even he has his suspicions.


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    Scenic says:

    I see Roman Polanskis been arrested 31 years after the event.

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    Mr Slater's Parrot says:


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    mondo says:

    This is how I react to everything McDoom says.

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    Road_Hog says:

    No it’s a mistype, it should actually read,

    Are you taking the Piss?

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    The No10 Communications Director says:

    “No – honestly Prime Minister I thought that went awful……….ly well. I’m certain that nobody noticed you perspiring on the pills question. Yes I know we’d agreed the questions beforehand…………………………….”

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    AnonymousSource says:

    Have you seen the euro rate ? She probably can’t afford to pay for her cleaning and housekeeping staff or the price of good bottle of “vino”

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    Dr Will Seaugnau says:

    He’s on Emsam for depression, my guess. An MAOI inhibitor class B, it’s a powerful antidepressant that has relatively recently become available (in the form of a daily patch). Although it does not have the dietary restrictions for tyramine-containing foods (cheese etc) many doctors might be happier if their patients ashered to the restrictions all the same because the method of action is not understood and because at higher doses the drug produces MAOI A effects. Anything above 6mg/day and this may become a factor.

    The drug has powerful energising effects and the active substance (Selegeline) has long been sought out as an anti-aging drug in the form of Deprenyl (Selegeline Citrate) in the form of sub-lingual drops.

    Ask him if he is using a patch!

    Only one downside to my guess – Emsam has strong sexualising effects – so watch out if you are wandering the corridors of the Grand late at night.

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    Dick Emery's Cock (ex Weimar) says:

    Nulab “Socialism” and tory capitalism both STINK!

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Watching the two fatties (Toynbee and Watson) with AB on Sky just showed how out of touch the Socialists are.

    The public WANT spending cuts right now, we want our taxes cut, why is it we’re all be lectured by politicians to cut back our spending whilst the Socialists carry on spending like a drunken sailor?

    McMental says he has to fight for everything, like being leader? All he did there was bully anyone that opposed him.

    As for Hattie Hatemenperson hasn’t she got another fucking top to wear?

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    The Devil's Dyke says:

    His eyes are ok? Good. Then read this: F U C K O F F.

  113. 113

    Brown Iv’e Fought For Everything Iv’e Got ! Ha Ha Ha. You Were Given A Wife ,You Were Given The PM’s Job And You Helped Yourself To Taxpayers Money Not Much Of A Fight ! You Troughing Scumbag

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    She needs Littlejohn to rip her a new arse.

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    streamfisher says:

    Marr sometimes asks the questions but never bothers to hang around for the answers, anyway we all know its a load of bollocks anyway, might just as well put a broom handle in the interviewers seat, or up his seat, and what about the sale of assets?, heard this one being floated by New Labour but have never heard any mention of what these assets might be, the ceremonial mace?, might be worth a few quid for scrap value down the pawn shop along with all Gordon’s other ex-possessions.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Socialism and lies goes together like a beeboid and a rent boy.

  117. 117

    Another “Kiddie Fiddler”Bites The Dust !

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    Georgia Gould's Golden Parachute In says:

    Meanwhile one Kirsty McNeill (see Mail) has her grasping femminist hands on the balls of the man perceived by the hoi polloi as the most powerful and charismatic in country, and is making a point. “You can’t legislate for love”, she says, twisting them viciously. Lord Mandelslime is said to be alarmed.

    That’s nothing. GGGPI is terrified. The prospect of a fat crotch in harness, excited by the prospect of power, weighing heavily against GGGPS’s private parts is not exactly appealing. I will likely need a complete refit after I’ve landed her in some “safe seat” yet to be announced (tho I expect she has already determined which one she want). A pity civil service pensions are not available to parachutes. Does anyone need to land a pig in the middle of Teheran?

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    Below the belt says:

    Neither Sky nor the BBC have replayed that bit. I wonder if team rown are leaning heavily on the News editors?

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    Scenic says:

    Doing the right thing:-

    THE most senior army officer to resign after leading troops in Afghanistan claims that he was asked whether he could delay an attack on a Taliban stronghold until after Gordon Brown had visited the country.

    Major-General Andrew Mackay said before he quit that Britain’s contribution to the war was being undermined by a “tragic failure of leadership”.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Tango also said that Labour were not cutting but investing, in Education in particular. So why did Ed Balls talk about billions in cuts for education then?

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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    There was a Michael Heath cartoon printed the week Brown arrogated all power to himself: It showed Brown, as a suspiciously sniffing bull, entering a china-shop.

    Just seemed appropriate to mention that. Did Marr bring up Trident and Iran?

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    Anonymous says:

    I was in bed festering this morning and missed it. It’s not on BBC I player yet. I have to see this !! With the BBC ‘forget’ to give it the i player treatment?

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    The Devil's Dyke says:

    He’s certainly fought against everything I value.

  125. 125
    streamfisher says:

    …. … ….
    .. …. ..

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Haggie Harman says that every decision the Government has made has been right.

    Selling off gold at rock bottom prices?

    Robbing pensions?

    Setting up the FSA?

    Invading Iraq and Afghanistan?

    No referendum on Lisbon?

    Releasing McCancer from Scotland

    The 10p tax fiasco

    That’s just the ones I can be bothered to type

  127. 127
    Obama is a TWAT says:

    When Marr asked him about his pill popping, boy did he start to sweat

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    RAVING says:

    with all the talents here on this site, is there anyone who is a mental health professional ( fuck off drapper, this does not include you?
    In your opinion, what is Gordon Brown’s likely mental condition
    Is he normal, sane and in charge of his mind?
    Is he depressed, phobic, stressed, manic, deluded, compulsive liar or what other else?
    I have an interest, I am on paroxitine and feel that my condition is as stable if not more so than Gordo.
    Please send your remittance via Guido Fawkes.

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    Clifford is a toady says:

    A euphemism maybe but it allowed Brown to reply with an “honest” No , since anti depressants and pain killers are not the same thing.Not quite the killer question but more a shot across Browns bows.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    The BBC will probably give him a job then

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    ghanimah says:

    Gordon denied it in unclear terms.

    I disagree Guido, I’ve just watched that bit again on iplayer, and Brown’s no was not emphatic. He seemed to be just saying no to the general point of asking about a leader’s health.

    47mins in

  132. 132
    bobble says:

    Apparently waste is not the responsibility of the government to make the money available, but those who spend it. All part of the BBC’s duty to inform the people of how to ‘save’ £2 billion from the education budget you see. (Definitely not a cut)

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    Troughy says:

    Ooooh! Smiffy and Flint. It’s a Pirates and Thieves day.

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    lolol says:

    Didn’t watch Marr,I want to enjoy the rest of the day,the sweat was pouring off Snotty on the excerpt they showed on the Pravda 24 news.

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    streamfisher says:

    But that’s the psyche of New Labour, We did it… ergo it was the right thing to do, There IS no escape.

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    mitch says:

    Why is our PM such a wanker? its that simple really.

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    There’s a touch of the Richard Nixon finger on the nuclear button scenario about the allegations that Gordon Brown is near-blind and a pill-popping stress freak. One wonders who started these rumours, but if he is taking pills then at least he is dealing with a condition. If the PM is to go, it should be because of his incompetence. Unless, of course, he hooks up to a machine each night and sings “Heal The World”.

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    Hadrian's Wallpaper says:

    Cha frgduehg ce lohgel!

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    Rog says:

    F.FWD to 23mins 20 secs to the start of the Prime Mentalist’s performance.

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    Troughy says:

    ….while the balance of his mind was disturbed…..

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    Judge Dredd says:

    I will not have people pissing their pants in my courtroom. Not until I’ve finished reading out the sentence and the manner of execution in minute detail to ensure no mistakes are made in disposing it.

    The court all rise.

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    Captain Morgan says:

    Conference starts tomorrow and lasts all week.

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    Clifford is a toady says:

    Its not Giraffe its Lizard Skin and very appropriate it is to

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    going mental says:

    Hauge on sky now , he dont make me throw up

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    Clifford is a toady says:

    To be fair since the Government are now running an economy on “Monopoly money” any official documents bearing the words “Toy Town” would not seem out of place.

  147. 147
    Dr Will Seaugnau says:

    If he hooks up to a machine at night, then it’s probably Sarah, offering the cold comfort of a mechanical and gruesome coupling.

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    One flew over the No 10 bunker says:

    “Today stability has to be won in an environment of global capital markets where investors have more choice and more freedom than ever before, and where day to day flows of capital are greater and faster than ever before”

    Gordon Brown, Mansion House speech 1997

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    Troughy says:

    Hope they’ve brought big swagbags then…

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    I Player says:

    OK here it is.

    Starts at minute 47.

    Looks like Gordon was prepared and was obviously advised to turn the qustion onto his eyesight and elicit sympathy from the viewr

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    elbow says:

    “I disagree Guido, I’ve just watched that bit again on iplayer, and Brown’s no was not emphatic.”

    And Marr didn’t exactly pursue the point did he? Unlike Michael Howard who was asked the same question 14 times by Paxman.

    Paxman did the same thing to Hague quite recently.

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    Anonymous says:

    Coz Mandy had a had in it

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    A Pensioner says:


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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    If been hunting for The Word, the droogy old *mot juste* that sums up this failed New Labour experiment in governance in one short bark. The one that keeps returning to mind is ‘Abject’

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    Que charade, charade says:

    The State media apparatus is never comfortable when trying to make the appearance of probing the State. And Brown is never comfortable. Full stop.

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    Rog says:

    F.FWD The Andy Marr show to 47:01 to see the health question…

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    Even Though I Couldn’t Stand Him Blair Was A Cool Chilled Out PM ! But This C*nt Is A Total Nutter A Drugged Up Psycho Who Is Just Not Up To “The Job ” Why Doesn’t One Of His Spineless Scumbag Cronies Stand Againt Him? We Need Rid Of This TIT ! NOW !

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    The drugs don't work says:

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    Gordon's body actions reveal the lie says:

    When gordon says no, his mouth is hidden by his hand and the vocal tone is high. This is the only time in the interview that Gordon does that with his hand and the stressed vocal cords reveal a stressed Gordon.

    He is lying.

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    ‘Nice advert for waitrose behind Bolton on sky-anyway; Hage has said the british should have a vote on lisbon to ‘rightfully kill it off’. now all we need is an in or out of europe vote and we’ill be happy.

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    Obama is a twat says:

    I’d rather fuck Mandelson that Toynbee

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    Cyco Billy says:

    Bloody glad I don’t pay the BBC tax. Come next May, will McOmmie more resemble Brezhnev, with the half-hour time lock on his cigarette case, or Lenin, dead and embalmed but still good for oppressing the people?

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    Anonymous says:


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    Clifford is a toady says:

    There is nothing worse than an extreme fundamentalist whether religious or political. Everything they do is with the blessing of their God or for the greater good. Nothing is off limits. Harperson and Brown are Political fundamentalists, extremists of the worst kind.

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    streamfisher says:

    SHAMELESS!, Mandelson has announced he would be willing to work for a Conservative government even if it was just in an advisory capacity, nothing like getting in first and just before Gordon’s conference… err bloodbath.

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    Que charade, charade says:

    And heavy on the cheese.

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    Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    Dr Will Seaugnau: “strong sexualising effects”?

    Current headline on Pravda’s website is Browngabe averring that he does not ‘roll over’.

    That’s told Mandy who’s catcher, and who’s pitcher.

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    Obama is a twat says:

    And kill off the BBC.

  169. 169
    going mental says:

    Had the misfortune to here a clip of gordon about companies , He sounded a bit like we are about to become even more socalisim coming ?

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    Anonymous says:


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    going mental says:

    thanks didnt see that

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    Que charade, charade says:

    Socialism hogs the duvet and takes over the whole bed when Truth gets up to have a pee.

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    Rt handed. Rufus.T.Firefly. says:

    Oh god the images is stuck in me head urrgh ! quick where’s me service revolver?.

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    Dack Blog says:

    Marr said, ‘… and pills to help them get through.’ Brown; ‘No…’. I thought his body language and expression were interesting as the question was coming up. I think he was expecting it. Just a gut feeling.

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    Colonel Nut says:

    Hague needs a rug to improve his image.Gary Glitter has some he’s not using

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    root menu says:

    Unfortunately nobody believes what they hear in the media these days. The politicians count on it.

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    streamfisher says:

    Thanks David

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    Dack Blog says:

    Oh – hadn’t noticed that here. I’ve just said something silimar further down the thread. I’m sure this had clearance.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    God now Flint and 5 Bellies spliff on TV. Flint says “What goes up can some down”, was she talking about her knickers by chance?

    If anything shows where Liebour has gone wrong need look at these two Harridens, both totally incapable of running a tap never mind a department of Government.

    5 bellies spliff was never little more than a dinner lady at school and she fucked up the Home Office.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    At least Hague doesn’t look like a mong, unlike Brown.

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    Justaskin' says:

    Have you ever had any success with women?

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    lolol says:

    Flinty has a moustache,both Flinty and 5 bellies now lieing their heads off.

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    mitch says:

    We should have a vote on EU membership every 10 yrs, it aint fair to saddle the next generation with shit like that.

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    Troughy says:

    Pluggy now looks like Claire Balding. Hmmm……

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    thick as thieves says:

    judging by this footage gordon brown is clearly mentally unfit to carry on in office.
    and I hold the same conviction about gordon brown as I had for tony blair:
    I do not believe a word the man says.
    brown’s dead.

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    IH says:

    I was surprised Marr asked the question – but he let it go and didn’t really get anywhere with it – but hey it’s mainstream now.

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    Que charade, charade says:

    The question to Brown should be: “Are you prepared to undergo full psychometric testing before running at the next election, and will you provide full medical disclosure?”

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    stilyagi_air_corps says:

    Lets face it, the New Labour government is a collection of biological sports with the collective charm and popularity of a 1970s Politburo. Their unelected leader has emphatically told us that this, the current state of our country at home, in war, and in the eyes of the world, is the very best that this, this very best of possible governments, can do.

    I think Mr Brown has stated his case suficiantly.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Wow some bird on Sky now has MASSIVE tits.

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    The Devil's Dyke says:

    What’s worse is that the Tories will probably take him up on it.

  191. 191
    The Devil's Dyke says:

    And doesn’t Brighton know it.

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    Obama is a TWAT says:

    Brown is a mong. End of story.

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    Hadrian's Wallpaper says:

    Thanks google.

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    Anonymous says:

    That’s your vote secured then?

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    chronic says:

    That going to be one well fed baby!!!!

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    Fed up to the back teeth says:

    Lets give the man a break ,he is exhausted working night and day saving the world ,and all those world leaders constantly ringing him for advice,i think he is a superman, PS i am on the same medication as our great leader.

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    Sukyspook says:

    I saw the prime mentalist on Marr with no sound (in gym – council, or rather PPP). I knew he was lying cos his lips were moving – but noticed he was sweating profusely which meant he was struggling to keep up the ‘front’….

    That’s Marr’s gong gone then lol!!

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    Chairman of the Bored. says:


    Sorry but sympathy (for Broon) falls between shit and syphillis in my dictionary.

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    Just Look At These Wannabe Lie-Bore Candidates On Adam Boulton ! You Can See Right Through Them They Are NOT There To Make A Difference THEY CAN SMELL THE TROUGH !

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    RAVING says:

    Nice wernt they, lets see more of her. She gets my vote, fuck what she rabbits on about, who cares, such tasty breasts.

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    Fed up to the back teeth says:

    Did marr have a killer question?

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    Marr upsets Team Brown says:

    Some around Gordon are apparently furious that Marr raised unsubstantiated rumour – that has repeatedly been denied by Number 10 – in this morning’s interview.

    That’s our Andrew off No10’s christmas card list then.

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    Windy Miller says:

    They need him. Their front bench is so lightweight,they needing pegging down in a gentle breeze.

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    Admiral Nelson says:

    And we have to pay for ‘JugEars’ for his inept interviewing performance!!
    Saw re-run of first QT with Robin Day in the chair on Thu evening, what a performer he was, Broon would make some excuse not to be interviewed. Marr wants sacking!!

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    Procrustes says:

    O/T but don’t be fooled by the cancer care target he announced:

    In Q4 2008/9 99.8% of patients were seen within 2 weeks from urgent GP referral to outpatient appointment. This is similar to 2008-09 Q2/3 (99.7%).

    i.e it might make a couple of days difference,provided there are any available appointments. Sorting out appointment times to fit the new directive will probably be chaotic to arrange.

    Captain Clueless strikes again

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    Chairman of the Bored. says:

    How very metro and New Labour of you.


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    chronic says:

    Good quote from a caller on LBC ” Gordon Brown, Tony Blair, same arse different cheek “

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    streamfisher says:

    Gordon replies to Marr: One pill makes you larger and one pill makes you small, but the pills that mother gives you don’t do anything at all, ask Alice when she was still small.

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    Gordon Brown says:

    Look. Your wrong. You don’t understand. The only thing I’m high on is World Leadership

  210. 210
    Procrustes says:

    Possibly so, but the executions of those decisions has been absolutely terrible. Made worse by throwing more money at the problem.

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    Big Massive Wood says:

    Flowers round his neck in Hawaii, civic reception in Washington, Handprints in Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, Honour’s Degrees from Harvard, LSE, Elaborate Tea Ceremony with Yukio Hatoyama, made honourary president of the Olympic committee welcomed into council houses throughout Britain with touchingly pathetic tributes of Iceland teacakes…..

    This guy saved the world, and the world knows this and wants to express its eternal gratitude.

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    Roberto Martinez says:

    Your recent antics fortunately did not affect your namesake Jason putting in a great performance against Chelsea yesterday, I sincerely hope you are not related!!

  213. 213
    Cyco Billy says:

    Be careful what you wish for.

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    Sukyspook says:

    Thanks I Player – he manages to swerve around the knux of the question eh!

    However, he manipulates like the true career “politician” he is and almost uses the PC weapon to turn the argument round at Marr!!

    This kind of ‘common purpose’ Orwellian doublespeak is how humanity has been manipulated to ‘here’….sigh.

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    He won’t get much comfort there.
    She is too busy writing and memorising her leader’s speech.

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    Chairman of the Bored. says:

    The important thing is that Marr (and by extension the BBC) has broken the seal and the season has officially opened for all and sundry to speculate on the health, wealth and temper of the Norman Bates of No10.

    This may just take over the whole conference!

    Tee hee.

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    A Salty Dog says:

    Top heavy in the rigging but Sailed through the interview.

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    Sukyspook says:


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    Missy Shitty, she says:

    I am de green shoots bitch for de main man . . an’ ah’m dun gone for da new job for he

    Missy Twatty of Scotty, she say

    An’ ah’m gonna make shu’ he dun gone !

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    Chairman of the Bored. says:

    The hand that wanks the captain steers the ship.

    How profound is that?

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    Anon says:

    Send in Sophie Rayworth – she isn’t frightened to ask straight questions!

  222. 222
    Chairman of the Bored. says:

    Keep Flint away from the waiters, for their own sake.

  223. 223
    Grigori Yefimovich says:

    Just spotted on eBay:

    Allegedly located in Suffolk…

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    Code Blue. Dr Mumarawi and all available personnel who haven’t yet been cut, to the to the PM’s room.

    There is a Hospital Code Brown according to wiki.

    Code Brown:Medical Gas Emergency -Chemical Spill-Any incident of someone defecating

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:


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    Sizer says:

    Size don’t not matter, – it’s wot you do wiv em – innit ?

    Mr Prezza of Scott, a Noo_Lie_Bore Ilumination says

    Phworrrr !!!

    Didya see them big tits ?? – didya ? . . . . . .. DIDYA ????

    Anyone got a pasty ? . . . pie ? . . . sandwich ? . . . anyfing ???

  227. 227
    sinosimon says:

    he denied taking painkillers…….which Marr had helpfully set up as a straw man for him to knock down……he was NOT asked about anti-depressants

  228. 228
    Judge Fudge says:

    Set Lawgiver to incendiary. Burn the bastard.

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    Allan@Aberdeen says:

    What was the name of Hitler’s doctor – the quack who prescribed him all his pills? Did the quack have children and if so, did any of them move to the UK and become a doctor? The reason why I ask is that history has a habit of repeating itself and we now have a megalomanic nutter in a bunker somewhere in London.

  230. 230
    It's the Rhythm Man says:

    Imagine them moving to a steady, but gradually increasing tempo. ..

  231. 231
    HandsomeDavid says:

    Remember the interrogational styles of Day and Frost in the eighties? This man Gordon Brown would not last 5 minutes in that scenario. That style of journalism will only reappear after the tories return.

  232. 232
    Troughy says:


    Oh my ears and whiskers!

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    Cyco Billy says:

    Mad Hattie playing the Kipling card here – recall If is the nation’s fave poem. To paraphrase: there are 24 different ways of making tribal lays and each and every one of them is right.

    Or left. Yeah, that’s it. Left is right. Right is wrong. And all good piggies go to heaven.

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    Exiled in Wales says:

    Hershey Highway cake to finish – he’d like that.

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    cogitodexter says:

    It does look that way – Marr very helpfully didn’t follow up the question.

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    patriotic says:

    McMental sweating,couldn,t care less if he is on whatever pills or wether his sight is failing.
    the deluded arsehole has been blind to the people of this country and what they want all his miserable political life.
    As for Jackboot Jaqui and and the other trollop Flint on Boulton,what a laugh,that man could,t interview a bloody mental patient and make a job of it probably the never ending er, er er would confuse.

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    Even more anonymous says:


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    Dalai Lama Ding Dong says:

    His body language spoke volumes – as the question was asked the one eyed tosser covered his mouth, and kept it covered when he uttered a one word denial – in a lower volume than his normal speech patterns – he was clearly mortified, and clearly lying. Had he really NOT been on pills/medication, he would have been furious and rounded on Marr big time – the fact that he did not and answered the EASY question (about his long KNOWN eyes failure) rather than attack Marr about the INSULT to him, again, speaks volumes.

    Where are the men in white coats?

  239. 239
    TV Tax says:

    Now the ONLY News outlet NOT running this story is the BBC and they created it. Good old Beeb faithful to Gordon right up to the end.

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    streamfisher says:

    Gordon will be bidding on that one to add to his collection.

  241. 241
    Meetings delayed says:

    The Pope is coming to the UK in September 2010, no chance of Brown Jinx meeting him.

  242. 242
    Kunta S Manseson says:

    We were somewhere outside of Crawley when the drugs began to take hold…

  243. 243

    Rumours about fellow Labour MPs, leaders, etc? Usually start with Lord Mandelson.

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    Dack Blog says:

    Actually he didn’t only refer to painkillers.

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    Dack Blog says:

    But yes he was – Marr also referred to pills that ‘help people get by’.

  246. 246

    Either that or he was thinking: “God! Is that how I appear to people? As a nutter? Are other leaders laughing at me? -I don’t take pills. But what if I should be?

  247. 247
    One flew over the No 10 bunker says:

    No I doubt it

    The pill popping mentalist would never do a question session like that without first seeing the question. By the way just remember who Jugg ears is married too as I am sure he does not need his nookie shut down arbitarily.

    Yuch just the thought….

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    Siberian Tory says:

    Oh come on don’t be churlish give the man some credit.

    Wouldn’t you be uncomfortable asking someone outright a question like that?

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    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    Thank you for the mamamama Marr link :)

  251. 251
    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    You nicked that from the Titanic movie

  252. 252

    Side to side, up and down, or back and forth?

    We need to know.

  253. 253
    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    She was talking about her buttocks in a marathon

  254. 254
    patriotic says:

    Anyone seen that one Mandelslime says he would take a job with the tories.
    Love to hear comments on this,can,t imagine what they might be.

  255. 255
    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    heees a warmong like phoney tony

  256. 256
    Ivor Schwartzporsche says:

    Wot, Jane sucker?

  257. 257
    Seymore Clearley says:

    I’m sory but Brighton ‘s lyke Neasden with a beitch

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    Shithead says:

    We’ve known Gordon is stark raving mad for two years. I heard it from a Number 10 staffer and posted this several times on Guido and on The Times blog. The Times political correspondent e-mailed me for further details, which I do have. Despite my total detestation for Cyclops and all his fuck-ups I won’t breach a solemn promise. The man IS mad. That’s all we need to know for now.

  259. 259
    Anonymous says:


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    Embra party host says:

    Good point.
    The useless Hoon has never fought for anything in his miserable life.

    * Favoured at school as the local meenister` geeky offspring.

    * Feather-bedded at Embra Uni by his father`s political cronies.

    * Cosy sinecures at STV and Possil College.

    * Fast -tracked through the Labour party thanks to influential patronage.

    * Refused to openly challenge Blair for 15 years, preferring to twist the knife in the back.

    * “Elected” unopposed as party leader.

    * Bottled chance after chance of calling election

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    News Hound says:

    Most people would be uncomfortable but one would expect a top reporter to overcome that and not fluff the question.

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    Dr snafu says:

    The side effects linked to these happy pills include sweating, nausea, decreased appetite, somnolence, dizziness, insomnia, tremor, nervousness, ejaculatory disturbance, and other male genital disorders.

    With any luck the bastard has all of the above. Oh, and there is in some cases an increase in suicidal tendencies and self-destructive impulses. One can only hope.

  263. 263
    Churchill's Cattleprod says:

    There is a current advert running that tells us that drugs have an involuntary effect on the eyes that you cannot control, and how the police are able to spot this. Perhaps a policeman would like to comment on Mr Brown’s behaviour in front of Andrew Marr.

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    The immediate thought from Tuscany on reading this was “ah, a pre-agreed narrow question, ask only about pills because he’s actually taking the medicine in liquid form.”

  265. 265
    Mark Thomson, BBC says:

    Sorry, but I’ve already got myself an excitingly primitive new arts editor that I met funnily enough on the train. We have our hands full giving him 3 months potty training, after which he should be able to refrain from drawing penises when live on-air.

    (Memo to self: must try and keep him away from Tracey’s bed tho. Have to avoid the sort of trouble that whippersnapper caused the other day by kidnapping Damien’s pencils and holding them of ransom. Tracey won’t like him spunking all over her bed, and the lawyers seem newly to have discovered the smell of money around here).

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    Anonymous says:

    i like that, perhaps we can ask someone at conference next week to ask Cameron the question and for him to reveal all.

  267. 267

    Does he have to show his passport at the border like everyone else?

  268. 268

    Perhaps the BBC want to bring Brown down now to enable the to get a better man in at the top of Labour pre-election.

  269. 269
    Alan Philip Bonggg says:

    Dr Will,

    I thought the rumours started because of the dietary restrictions specified for him suggested MAOI A usage. The worrying thing is that these would only be considered after at least three other classes had failed, hence it is suggestive of severe or treatment resistant mental illness.

    On the other hand, he could have bipolar disorder, the manic episodes often being characterised by excessive spending!

  270. 270
    S.B.S. says:

    Chisf Hunt anticipated the question, even with 1 half good eye, he brought his hand over his mouth, a sign that indicates he was about to lie,

  271. 271
    Anonymous says:

    He’s had 3 operations! 3 opportunities to kill the horrible lying useless twat and no one took them.

  272. 272
    13eastie says:

    Re. “Bravo, Marr” – I disagree, Guido.

    This was either staged by Labour or Marr simply bottled it.

    He just gave him a chance to sound macho by repeatedly mentioning playing rugby, failed to raise to the question completely about anti-depressants and allowed Brown to evade the question about medication altogether.

  273. 273

    Hmm, on iplayer on the run up to the pills question, Brown *trembles*. He does know what is coming – and he does not deny that he’s on medication, he doesn’t even deny he’s taking “painkillers”, and he certainly doesn’t deny he’s on anti-depressants. But you know, this is how it’s going to be spun “Brown denies he’s taking anti-depressants” and the mainstream will say “this point has now been answered”.

    This is a stitch-up. Pre-arranged, a non-denial denial to a specifically worded question re “painkillers” and “pills”; that is *so* much the type of denial established by Blair and Mandy – I believe Marr was fed that question, and the bastards think they’ve now capped it.

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    Anon and on and on says:


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    Anon and on and on says:

    I still would though. Flint that is. Not the fatty.

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    Anonymous says:

    He was made VERY uncomfortable by the pills question, noticed he immediately went on and on about his one eye and when marr raised again the issue of pills cyclops refused to be drawn. So is he on those maoi things or whatever it is? We’re still none the wiser… great isn’t it? In the guy who’s meant to be running the country!

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    Ivor Biggun says:

    Marr asked ‘a’ question, about painkillers, which, at least in my dictionary, isn’t ‘the’ question, i.e. about anti-depressants. And even then he failed to press home the question when Brown batted him away.

    Marr’s score for trying: 6/10
    Marr’s score for asking the right question: 2/10
    Marr’s score for pressing home his questions: 1/10

    So, given that Guido is praising Marr for this piss-poor effort, Marr should get 10/10 for appearing tough whilst being the same old ineffective ZaNuLab poodle. Trebles on the tellytaxpayer all round!

  278. 278
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Robin Day: “Are you a hear today gone tomorrow Prime Minister?”

  279. 279
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    should read “here today”

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    Billy Sarsted says:

    Christ! You must have messy carpets.

  281. 281

    I agree with Mr Biggun. The PM has denied taking pain-killers. I wonder if this was asked with permission to throw out a red herring. It smells of it.

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    Shithead says:

    Correct – and the bloody Irish are rumoured to be voting “Yes” in the insulting, stage-managed re-vote on Friday. The twats. The bloody fools. If there’d been just the European trading set-up that was mooted in the early ’70s, instead of the insidious, creeping Big Brother shit that’s deepening by the day, Ken Clarke would have been leading the Tories by now. He could kick Nuliabour in the nuts for nothing and tell them to fuck off while he’s doing it.

  283. 283
    G. Brown says:

    Well on that topic I spoke to President Obama and we’re in total agreement…. what’s that? You’re asking about surestart/ Baroness Scotland/ the national debt/ McBride… but I met Obama! I chased him through the kitchen. This is the moment for progressive politics. Vote for me and Obama promises he’ll let me have a press conference. All I have to do is sent another 1000 British soldiers to die in Afghanistan and I, the man who saved the world, will get to stand shoulder to shoulder with President Obama.

  284. 284
    Anonymous says:

    Right at the end, after marr thanks him and before the news, someone in the backround seems to say “I’d like to see your jacksie”! Is it because this is brighton?

  285. 285
    Anonymous says:

    Wow – how on earth is that not getting more press?

    Brown interfering with military tactics – soldiers’ lives – to get a photo op.

    This ought to be much bigger – a damning indictment on the no flash gorgdon

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Shame he wasn’t followed by Brown then we would have had “Tango & Crash”

    OK I’ll get my coat

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    Grandma B says:

    The decreased appetite doesn’t seem to be reducing his weight any. I have the same problem myself when on a diet!

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    She already has two arses, the one she sits on and the one to talks out of

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    “one she talks out of”

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    Anonymous says:

    3 times in the interview, broon uses the phrase “acting responsibility” as in “I’m” – bit of a typo in his media briefing notes…

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    The time has come for a hero to step up and push Brown out says:

    When Marr asks the pills question,Brown’s face is a picture – hand to mouth (very rare for Brown and an indication of total surprise) eyes closing – boy the rage he will be in today will be historic – would be good to have a Grand Hotel waiter on the inside for room service duties (not for Mandelson!) to hear the screaming and watch the doctor go in for the daily injection.

    This man is totally mentally unstable,deranged and the whole lot – that’s something to regret for anybody,but the fact is – he is the PM and he must be removed immediately.

    Now,which reporter is going to be the hero of the hour and push him over the brink into a complete confession live on TV – Boulton perhaps?

    Adam – do your duty for Queen and country.

  292. 292
    Anonymous says:

    is it possible to determine from someone’s hair, eg chemical analysis, that they take a particular drug? could be a moneyspinner for one of the cleaners

  293. 293
    And now,the time has come.... says:

    Gordon Brown is a liar and and a criminal.

    He is the most unpleasant man walking God’s earth.

    He is vile and disgusting.

    He must be kicked out this week.

  294. 294
    Uncle Earnie says:

  295. 295
    Lizzie II says:

    Keep your thieving hands orf my crown jewels you socialist slags. They are one’s nest egg for when one retires

  296. 296
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    When the telly tax is cut, we will remind the Beeb that it’s just savings ;-)

  297. 297
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Give it some bollocks ;-)

  298. 298
    Jimmy says:

    Typical BBC. He should have asked about the rocking horse and the nappy.

  299. 299
    Going for the JUGS ular says:

    That’s why I love the Guido site – here we are all being ruined by this lying Scottish b’stard and we STILL have time to ogle!

  300. 300
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    If only so-sha-lys-em had teets like that ;-)

  301. 301
    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    The least the lying lefty hoons at the Beeb could do in the countdown to Zanu’s annihilation next June, is replace Andrew Marr(xist) with the ever so shaggable Sophie Rayworth. Madam palm and her five lovely daughters would be most grateful ;-)

  302. 302
    Obama is a twat says:

    You’re not being hard enough on the one eyed jock tool.

  303. 303
    Cynical beyond belief says:

    typical fraudster Brown – playing with Cancer now to try and save hos miserable lying skin.

    Does he not know how HATED he is – he is spent,finished,washed-up,out,exited,gone,empty – totally of NO USE to anyone.

  304. 304
    Crum says:

    Marr asked about painkillers,allowing Brown to change the emphasis from mental health to physical ailment.

  305. 305

    This could also come in handy, on eBay at the moment

  306. 306

    Perhaps he’d “accidentally” slipped and fallen in the shower earlier onto one of these:

  307. 307
    One flew over the No 10 bunker says:

    They just put them on the program for window dressing don’t you know?

  308. 308
    One flew over the No 10 bunker says:

    last reports showed a possible no vote. Seems like either way it might be close

  309. 309
    Chairman of the Bored. says:

    Never seen it but I got from a pal,…its not my original but its so, so apt in New Labia land.

  310. 310
    Lord Snortalot says:

    Atchooo… ‘Scuse me. I thought I had a problem, but seeing McMental squirm cheers me up!!

  311. 311
    Splitting Hairs? says:

    Can’t help noticing that Gordon claimed he wasn’t dependent on anti-depressents – which is not the same as “not taking them”.

  312. 312
    Justfinkin says:

    I got the impression he was immitating Blair by trying to talk like him – a bit common like. And since when was Magrahi changed to Magravti?

  313. 313
    Justfinkin says:

    Ugh, Mr and Mrs holding hands a la McCanns — sickening!

  314. 314
    Ian, Issan says:

    That is a very difficult call. Personally I would not touch either of them even with yours.

  315. 315
    Gooey Blob says:

    Of course he’s shit, but Brown is all Labour have until after the election. Just look at the polls. If they replace him with any of the likely contenders support for Labour drops dramatically, in some cases to well below that for the Lib Dems.

  316. 316
    Withnail says:

    Of course the question was negotiated beforehand. Even then, although he knew the question, and knew his scripted answer, Broon still covered his mouth before answering.

    Classic body language of a liar.

  317. 317

    […] like doing it. Then again, since I doubt either Cameron or the other one will be asking him, Andrew Marr style, about the contents of his bathroom cabinet, he might feel now that it won’t be all that […]

  318. 318
    Albie Einstein says:

    There’s no such beast as ‘the law of averages.’

  319. 319
    Mandelson's Gerbil says:

    Just as the clip above starts he looks positively catatonic. I thought he was going to dribble, before rocking back and fore like a loon.

    He knew the question was coming up, as his ‘tell’ (putting his hand over his mouth) happened before Marr even started. Putting ones hand over the mouth is a classic ‘tell’ for lying. The batshit insane expression simply adds to the comedy value. It reminds me of Jack Nicholson in ‘one flew over the Cuckoos nest’ after they dosed him up.

    Not only was the question a ham-fisted attempt at deflecting attention away from his binges on happy pills, it was also clearly known about beforehand.

    And he still fucked it up!

  320. 320
    Brownbadger says:

    Wot! The Germans are invading again?

  321. 321
    Brownbadger says:

    He’s definately not good, and if he’s a man, then he’s a ladyman.

  322. 322
    Heads on poles says:

    He knew the question was coming otherwise, the reply would have been littered with hideous fawning over how well the NHS performed in trying to save his eyesight, how well they cared for him, hard working nurses/doctors/illegal immigrant porters and he saw all their passports before he had his eye whipped out.
    THAT is what gave it away as a plant to me.

  323. 323
    Mr Ned says:

    Agreed, we need to get some proof that he is taking pills and then have him removed from power. He (like his predecessor) is so clearly demonstrating many symptoms of mental illness that he is incapable of performing his duties. He is delusional, paranoid, has massive anger issues and demonstrates a paralysing inferiority complex, which he consciously confronts with bouts of megalomania. He is borderline schizophrenic.

    There is no way that man is NOT on some sort of mood regulating medication.

  324. 324
    Mr Ned says:

    I heard that they are injecting him with something …

  325. 325
    RobC says:

    Would you care to elaborate? sorry just taking the pee but apart from that is he fit?

  326. 326

    […] the reaction among the more rabid right-wing blogosphere has been scarcely concealed glee that the question has been openly asked. […]

  327. 327
    Mr Ned says:

    no his eye is ok… Considering how Brown lies about everything else, suggests that he is losing the sight in that eye too.

  328. 328
    Mr Ned says:

    No I would not have ANY problem with asking serious questions that the public have a right to know. Every voter and tax-payer in this country has a right to know if Brown was mentally ill and therefore a great danger to this country. I would have no problem and would not be in the least bit uncomforatble asking Brown if he was on any medication for any mental illness and I would press him for specifics. We have a right to know.

    The only thing that would make me feel uncomfortable in interviewing Brown, would be the physical restraints that they would have to lock me into to stop me from punching Brown in the throat, then kicking the shit out of him.

  329. 329
    Down with Brown! says:

    Don’t mind how he goes, as long as he goes and soon.

  330. 330
    Dick Van Dyke's Cock says:

    I would’nt hold you breathe..
    the tories will be just as ‘crap’ at answering and “intrusive” remakrs.

  331. 331
    Anonymous says:

    And was it fair to ask if Charles Kennedy had a drinking problem?

    Or was that ‘none of our damn business’ too?

    A person’s suitability for office is a very legitimate question…

    Haven’t you libdems got something better to do? Oh, that’s right, I forgot, you’re an irrelevance…

  332. 332
    Rip Van Winkle says:

    I can’t believe that f’ing coward EVER played rugby, never mind lose an eye playing.

  333. 333
    Mr Ned says:

    One of the toughest and smartest was Brian Walden. he would have wrapped Brown up in knots and had him for breakfast.

    He was the most shrewd and brilliant interviewer. He set so many traps that politicians did not know they were fucked until the very last question. he would lead them gently along a seeminly gentle and helpful path of questions and then BAM a killer question that they just could not get out of. The man was a genius.

  334. 334
    Mr Ned says:

    But vitamin pills and painkillers help people get by.

    This was a big let-down by Marr. he should have asked specifically about mental illness and the specific medication that Brown is rumoured to be taking.

  335. 335
    Mr Ned says:

    No, he blew it… AGAIN!

  336. 336
    Mr Ned says:


    Oh wait.

    That’s very sad, because it is true!

  337. 337
    Mr Ned says:

    He was to busy tripping off his head on mental medication.

  338. 338
    Mr Ned says:

    ““As I said to all the other World Leaders in Pittsburgh………””

    To which I wish to offer my sincerest apologies to the other world leaders and explain that he is only there by default as Blair was so vile he had to be dumped and nobody actually voted for Brown to replace him. We are very very sorry that the other world leaders have to put up with this tosspot Brown.

  339. 339
    Pedantic Bastard says:


  340. 340
    Mr Ned says:

    I would sooner remain celibate for the rest of my life…

    Toynbee is jumping on the” Brown saved the banks” bandwagon bollocks. He did no such thing. WE ALL DID! and they repay us by continuing with the same bonus culture that helped create the mess we are in.

    Brown bailed out billionaires with OUR money and we will be paying off the debt for the rest of our lives. The man is a delusional mental-case fuckwit.

    Toynbee makes me feel physically sick. how the hell can someone so delusional and wrong get paid so much for writing such drivel?

  341. 341
    Down with Brown! says:

    The evil spin doctor is not happy at all with Mr Miles.
    I guess that he won’t be inviting Jug Ears or any of his mistresses to his (alcohol-free) cocktail parties any time soon.

    If that was Brown “at his very best”, I hate to think what his worst looks like. It was an appalling interview performance.

  342. 342
    smilie in your stout says:

    As long as we don’t have a functioning democracy, but rather an elected oligarchy, then this question is completely legitimate. No one wants a depressive to have their finger over the nuclear button or to be considering the future our children will be living in.

  343. 343
    Mr Ned says:

    WHAT THE FUCK does Brown know about democracy? That Hunt ahmedinejacket in Iran has more democratic legitimacy than Brown does. Even Mugabe has more democratic legitimacy that Brown.

    Brown has been the most profoundly anti-democratic leader of the UK for over 200 years. He treats the electorate with utmost contempt.

  344. 344
    Mr Ned says:

    It has been traditional for those who are behind in a campaign to call for a debate so that they may be able to turn their fortunes around. Hence why Blair was chased by chickens at the last couple of elections.

    For Brown to be against one shows how shit scared he is of genuine debate where everyone gets to answer the same questions.

    What does he have to lose from a debate with the other mainstream leaders? The idea that there is any major difference between them?

    I would sooner see a debate that allowed the UKIP, Green, BN and P, leaders to take part too.

  345. 345
    Down with Brown! says:

    In the long run, it could be Brown’s “I never had sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” moment. He was even more evasive than Cliff Richard was with Piers Morgan last night when asked about his sexuality. Methinks, Gordon has something to hide about himself and pills. Hopefully someone out there (Guido?) has proof that Gordon needs some medical support to put him in a happy mood.

  346. 346
    Joel says:

    Just take a step back and look at what you’re doing. You’re characterising and vilifying someone on the basis of their mental health.

  347. 347
    simon r says:

    Well, seeing as Labour have destined a large number of young men and women serving in Afghanistan to have severe mental health issues in the future ( if they get out of there alive and in one piece physically ) – I think it is justified.

    Hound the bastard to an early grave.

  348. 348
    Lord Snortalot says:

    Hilarious. TWatson on Ch 4 news: ‘The BBC were below par this morning’. Says it all, really…

    I’d say Marr was well above par. Bravo, Pravda!

  349. 349
    Tesco Is Shite says:

    Hague is likeable and has intelligence, humour and a natural, unfussy manner. He also has an understanding of democracy and the damage the EU is doing to our country. The fact that his baldness allegedly damaged his Tory leadership is a bullet-proof condemnation of the hold of the celebrity-obsessed gutter press over the failing IQ of the British.

  350. 350
    Cream Puff says:

    Saw the interviw this morning, I did expect’Uncle Tom’ Marr to be soft and fawning so was a bit surprised when he brought the pill question up
    Unsurprisingly though Brown did NOT answer the question, he ‘focused’ on talking about his eyes, both the first and the second one but did not give any answer to popping pills for his aledged depression, which I suppose we must take to be true

  351. 351
    Bill O'Bong says:

    Going M – sorry, but it’s time to stop blogging and learn some English grammar and spelling.

  352. 352
    Mr Ned says:

    yup, he has fought for everything WE have got and it’s still not enough for him!

  353. 353
    Down with Brown! says:

    Looks like the Telegraph, Times and Guardian are all going to run with Brown’s “denial” of taking anti-depressants as their lead story tomorrow. It might that they know something Gordon would rather they didn’t.

    I’ve no problem with Gordon being on anti-depressants. But I would have a serious problem if he is covering it up and lying about it.

  354. 354
    Joel says:

    Now you’re wishing death on him. Jesus Christ, look at what you’re saying.

    The war is a grey issue. It’s not black and white. And just because someone else’s opinion differs from yours on this grey issue, you have no problem with wishing a horrible death on them.

  355. 355
    Joel says:

    I came over here to see what the “other side” is like in terms of debate. I found them to be an utterly soulless group, advocating a public figure’s death and taking the piss out of mental health issues.


  356. 356
    Anonymous says:

    Are you just jealous because your blog has a grand total of… zero comments on the front page articles?

    Maybe instead of sniping here you should work a bit harder to make your own blog more interesting?

    Bye then, don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out…

  357. 357
    Brown Smears says:

    Morell was the name – prescribed all kinds of mad shit

  358. 358
    Ever Vigilant says:

    No Joel we just wan thim to go ,resign , get some help for himself .

    That’s not too diffulct to understand is it ?

  359. 359
    Bye Bye Brown says:

    Ill health was raised publicly in the U.S. interview and it was raised here in the Marr intereview.

    For those who don’t realise this could well be to prime the public so that stepping down due to ill health does not come from totally out of the blue.

    The odds on Brown quitting soon just shortened a fair bit.

  360. 360
    Bye Bye Brown says:

    So now Brown has the ‘out’ he wanted to quit on health grounds.

    Fine spinning by someone in the Gov.

  361. 361
    Bye Bye Brown says:

    Nothing ‘grey’ about the complete lack of mental health care most of the returning soldiers who are traumatised fail to get.

  362. 362
    VotR says:

    One of the better moments of the day. The Guardian responded with it’s usual weasel minded lefty theatrics, and I think they pointed the finger of blame at Guido, since a blogger was mentioned. I wonder who it could be?

  363. 363
    Article 38 says:

    I thought Marr’s interview was terrible and he gave Brown a really easy ride.

    AM: Prime Minister, are you a mentalist out of his head on anti-depressants?
    GB: No, I am not going blind.
    AM: Thank you for that superb, comprehensive and fully accurate answer.

  364. 364
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Yup, he was sweating like a blind lesbian in a fish shop.

  365. 365
    Heads on poles says:

    He’s halfway there being brain dead, what’s the difference?
    Only thing worse than a leftie is a bleeding heart liberal.

  366. 366
    HST says:

    Looks like any other political Ibogaine freak to me.

  367. 367
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Well spotted Joel. And your point is?
    He is directly in charge of 68 nuclear warheads. Of course his mental state is pertinent.

  368. 368
    Humble Servant says:

    I would that if Marr asked his question and Gordon said “No.”
    Then that would be the end of it.
    But Gordon did not say “No”.

    Now why was that ?

  369. 369
    Humble Servant says:

    I would have thought that if Marr asked his question and Gordon said “No.”
    Then that would be the end of it.
    But Gordon did not say “No”.

    Now why was that ?

    (Sorry chaps, typing like a prat)

  370. 370
  371. 371
    Will Heathen says:

    Au contraire, Sukyspook, Marr has guaranteed himself a gong. Only question is whether he gets it from the next Labour leader or from Cameron.

  372. 372
    Will Heathen says:

    Or that there is nothing wrong with either of them

  373. 373
    Will Heathen says:

    Oh come ON! She absolutely bottled it when Mandelson attacked her over her suggestion of financial wrong-doing (of which he was guilty as hell). “No-one said you have done anything wrong” she meekly pined, as Mandelson, unusally for him, rammed it all the way home…

  374. 374
    Will Heathen says:

    Or a great philanderer

  375. 375
    Will Heathen says:

    Actually, Frost might have got an answer on the pills, by being really ‘understanding’ and gentle with him.

    I thought Brown’s ‘no’ denial was rather like Michael Jackson’s when asked if he was a paedophile. It was never going to matter what the answer was….

  376. 376
    formerly Tory Troll at Labout list says:

    Yes – wrong question and no answer.

    Good lead in though ‘If this were America we would have full access to your medical records’.

    America has its share of flaws, but their freedom of information can still teach us a lot.

    Meanwhile, as Brown (like Blair) hides his medical records, the GMC are taking it on themselves to decide that GP/Patient confidentiality exists only subject to their will.

  377. 377
    Joel says:

    Yes. All difference of opinion is driven by “jealousy”. Seriously.

    Is it that hard to believe that I simply believe it’s wrong to ridicule mental health issues and call for the death of a public figure? Of course, I must just be “jealous”.

    And what does my blog have to do with it? It’s a labour of love, nothing to do with left-right politics, created primarily for the people I know and care about.

  378. 378

    I tend to agree with Ollie and detect the hand of Mandelson.

    Gordon’s gone into this conference with a cabinet in disarray, an Attorney General potentially about to be fired for fibbing and another leadership rebellion in the offing. To keep his Euro masters happy, Mandie is desperate to keep Gordon on the throne and avoid a change of leader and the inevitable general election. He doesn’t actually care about Gordon, but this has two advantages. Firstly the creation of a smokescreen, diverting attention from other issues. Secondly it gets Gordo’s back up and makes him even more determined to hang on – I mean, no normal person would want to leave office known as the “PM who needed extra rations of Special Smarties”, and this is Broon the Delusional we’re talking about.

    Then again Marr might have started to grow a pair in which case I shall collect my coat and tinfoil hat on my way out

  379. 379
    John Lewis says:

    a bit pathetic of Marr who the hell cares if the Pm is taking a few pills .He has worked bloody hard to sort out the economy.The BBC will never forgive Labour for the debacle over the Iraq affair.They will do anything to bring down the Government.Common auntie lets have some proper questions,

  380. 380
    Charlie Whelan ate my hampster says:

    I think you’re the one who need sthe pills John old boy! – what planet are you on?

    One of the symptoms of bi-polart disorder is a total convicition of your own invincibility and power when in the manic stage. This might well explain Gordon’s conviction – share dby no-one else! – that he has ‘saved the world economy’. Such delusions are characteristic of the disorder.

    I don’t in general think a PM’s medical records are any of our business – PMs from William Pitt the Ygr to Winston Churchill have had severe medical problems as well as being eg alcoholics, and still performed brilliantly. We need to be remember that brilliant people often differ from the ‘norm’, whilst adherence to the norm is often evidence of mediocrity. We should not exclude people with health problems from public life as a matter of course: it’s important those with experience of the public’s problems are allowed to represent them.

    BUT – IF Broon does suffer from Bi-Polar disorder, and I think it’s the most likely explanation for his strange psychology, then that is dangerous, since sufferers are frequently delusional in the manic phase and their judgement is not to be trusted. On the other hand in the depressive phase sufferers would be incapable of decisive action or indeed any kind of decision-making – sound familiar?.

    It’s a notoriously difficult syndrome to treat and chronic sufferers do not respond for any length of time to standard treatments (eg daily Lithium). And since symptoms manifesrt on a constantly sliding scale it’s hard for observers to get a handle on stages of the problem, inc which stage a sufferer is in at any one moment.

    Many extremely talented people suffer from Bi-Polar syndrome, but they usually work in eg the Arts, ie creative professions where their problems don’t affect others outside their immediate families. A PM with this propblem would be a danger to his country and his party.

  381. 381
    HoHo says:

    Very evil but I still couldn’t resist (literally) laughing out loud

  382. 382
    tanner says:

    yes well done to A-MARR about time he got tough with brown his chum /?? lets have some more of that great to see G/B squrm more please ,,,

  383. 383
    Sick labour party member says:

    When can we get rid of the ridiculous Harperson female thingy, this latest nonsense about childminding (used to be called looking after) is madness. Does the harperson feminist thingy really believe that all men have sex with their own children AND beat their wives. We all know it happens occasionally but namby pamby social worker harperson female thingy tars all men with the same brush. She is a disgrace, a toff, in the wrong party and should not be involved in creating laws that make the decent majority guilty until proven innocent.

  384. 384
    PhatCat says:

    thanks for spelling definitely correctly
    not many people can

  385. 385

    I have Manic Depression/Bipolar Disorder

    I am standing as an Independent in the next General Election in Blackburn

    I hope that if I win, you won’t all complain that I can’t do a job and should, one day, I am chosen to lead England, you won’t complain

    there are over 5,000,000 manic depressives in the UK, a fair percentage of the electorate

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