When a prime minister speaks out
Posted by Matt Walker on August 26, 2009
I commented a couple of days ago about Gordon Brown’s reluctance to comment on the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Ali al-Megrahi. I suggested that Brown was expected to comment on this important issue, as one function of the prime minister is to act as the official spokesman of the government.
The prime minister is also expected to represent the national view, speaking for the nation as a whole. Brown was quick off the mark today to pay tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy (brother of JFK) who has just died. The Conservative Party have also paid tribute, but the BBC headline reads, “Brown pays tribute to Ted Kennedy”.
It is the prime minister’s voice that people expect to hear in such circumstances.