HOW I SEE IT - Rory Scanlan, Director, Fishburn Hedges
Brown admitted he is not a great communicator, but there is one skill he has mastered: staying on message. Unfortunately, it is often at the expense of sounding 'human'.
Brown knew what he was doing when he said that he could walk away from the trappings of power and maybe take up teaching. It was an attempt to get back to the 'Not Flash, Just Gordon' message that made a virtue out of his presentational flaws. He also aimed to reinforce that he is motivated by public service.
This interview is a qualified 'hit' for Brown as it helped to bring out his personal qualities. But it shows how bad things have got when the PM has to start openly speculating about life after Number 10.