“Hurt” Gordon Brown says he can resign at any momentJune 20th, 2009 - 6:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 20 (ANI): Britain’s embattled Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he is not interested in power, and could walk away from Downing Street at any moment.
Brown, who survived a backbench plot to oust him earlier this month, said: “To be honest, you could walk away from all of this tomorrow.
“I’m not interested in what accompanies being in power. It wouldn’t worry me if I never returned to any of those places - Downing Street, Chequers. That would not worry me at all. And it would probably be good for my children,” Sky News quoted him, as saying.
In an unusually frank interview with The Guardian, the “hurt” Brown admitted he wished he was a better communicator and claimed he was not very good at political manoeuvring.
He said that it had been a “revelation” to him at university that politics was “less about ideals and more about manoeuvres”, adding: “I don’t actually think I am very good at it at all.”
He hinted that he might be drawn towards teaching - a “great profession” - as a post Downing Street career.
His comments follow the smeargate controversy in which one of his closest aides Damian McBride was forced to resign for suggesting spreading unfounded claims about Tory MPs.
Brown was also accused of practicing “macho politics” when his cabinet minister Jane Kennedy resigned earlier this month.
“Look, find weaknesses in me, criticise me for my weaknesses - I’m not as great a presenter of information or communicator as I would like to be. But the one thing people should not say is that I’m surrounded by some group of conspirators,” he insisted.
He, however, distanced himself from McBride, claiming he had never been aware of his reputation for sending abusive text messages to journalists. (ANI)
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