Gordon Brown, our Beloved Leader and Saviour of the Free World, has opinions on many things. And is not afraid to share them with us, his adoring public.
For example, here's what he has to say about his tastes in pop music:
"I was asked did I prefer Arctic Monkeys to James Blunt, and I think I said I'd prefer Coldplay. But I made a joke that Arctic Monkeys would certainly wake you up in the morning. So, I mean, I've heard Arctic Monkeys and they're very loud."
Here's what he said about that wunch of bankers over at Lehman Brothers', shortly before that organisation imploded spectacularly :
"During its 150 year history, Lehman Brothers has always been an innovator, financing new ideas and inventions before many others even began to realize their potential."
In 2008, during the finals of that godawful shitfest 'The X-factor', Gordon Brown wrote to all 12 finalists. Here's what he (allegedly, in her words) said to Ruth Lorenzo, whom Simon Cowell had criticised for not singing in her native language:
"Keep singing in English, girl. You're doing a great a job going against Simon"
And here's what Gordon Brown said when Jade Goody, Big Brother runner-up, Z-list celebrity and ignorant bigot, was taken from us:
"..the whole country have admired her determination to provide a bright future for her children. She will be remembered fondly by all who knew her"
And, finally, here's what Gordon Brown has to say about the controversial early release of a convicted terrorist, an man found guilty of planting a bomb that killed hundreds, a man greeted with scenes of jubilation on his return to his homeland:
That's right. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Gordon doesn't have a view, apparently.
What's the matter, Gordon? Pussycat Mandelson got your tongue?