Gordon Brown, writes Dalrymple,
may have been a flawed, even a very flawed, human being, but he was at least recognisably human.
And Brown had one quality
that moved me, and in my opinion lent him great dignity: he never made political capital of, or sought public sympathy for, his personal handicap. You have only to imagine what Blair might have made of such a handicap to understand the significance of that quality. Indeed the mind turns away from the very thought of it. I am a very poor sailor and can make myself queasy at the thought of a boat, but the very idea of Mr Blair talking of his injury and handicap gives me full-blown nausea.