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Body blow for Brown as aide reveals Downing Street ‘tantrums’

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Andrew Grice
Belfast Telegraph
Thursday, February 11, 2010

Severe doubts about Gordon Brown’s character and judgement have been raised ahead of the election in a highly critical book by a former senior Downing Street adviser.

In a series of interviews with current and former No 10 staff, Lance Price, deputy to Tony Blair’s communications director Alastair Campbell, paints a damaging portrait of the way Mr Brown runs government. He describes the Prime Minister “shouting at staff, jabbing an angry finger, throwing down papers, kicking the furniture”.

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Mr Price quotes aides as saying that the Prime Minister’s treatment of junior staff is “unforgivable”. They claim Mr Brown is obsessed with controlling hour-by-hour media coverage and shows “extraordinary flashes of anger” when a news story runs out of control.

Others accuse him of allowing his staff to undermine ministers, including the Chancellor Alistair Darling, by briefing against them to the media. Although Mr Brown claims others had let him down by behaving in ways he would not have condoned, one official described that as “typical self-delusion”.

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