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Is a politician’s personal life relevant?

Gordon Brown has admitted striking a deal with Tony Blair over the 1994 Labour leadership succession and opened up about his family life in a television interview. What is your reaction?

Speaking on ITV1's Piers Morgan's Life Stories, the prime minister also spoke emotionally about the death of his baby daughter and paid glowing tribute to his wife Sarah, saying he was "very, very proud of her".

Mr Brown has previously been reluctant to speak publicly about his family but this is the second interview in a week in which he has touched on the subject.

Did you see the interview - what did you think of Gordon Brown's performance? Should politicians bring their personal life onto the political stage? Would you like to see a more personal approach from politicians during elections?

Gordon Brown admits to leadership deal with Tony Blair

Published: Friday, 12 February, 2010, 09:34 GMT 09:34 UK

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:40 GMT 09:40 UK

In several European countries the press can't mention a politician's private life without consent, but they mention a lot more about corruption like politicians' links to industry which is swept under the carpet here.

Michelle Lenoir, Manchester

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:38 GMT 09:38 UK

'Gordon Brown...I can't really name one thing he's actually done wrong by the British public. We dislike him because our televisions and newspapers tell us to'

Just look at the state of our economy, Look at the divided society Labour have created. People dislike Brown because he is staggeringly incompetent and has bankrutped Britain by spending money on social engineering projects nobody wanted.

Paul Dirac

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:35 GMT 09:35 UK

Our political system requires that we choose people to judge situations and act on our behalf. To make the best informed choice we need to understand the motivations of those candidates. They are not robots they are humans. I look for all the clues that I can find when choosing but the bulk of your postbag indicate that many prefer not to know the person and just guess. I would prefer a system where I could vote for policies. But at least we are not ruled by a Dictator or local Warlords!

David Johnson, Stockport

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:33 GMT 09:33 UK

Seemingly it is when an election is around the corner and you are as popular as a dose of swine flu!!

James, bucks

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:30 GMT 09:30 UK

Can anyone remember the ex-MP for Hexham who pretended to be engaged so he could be selected for this safe tory seat?

He was elected and then found in a compromising situation with another man.

As long as politicians go through these charades, promoting themselves rather than their policies, they deserve our continuing skeptism and ridicule.

JohnH, Stockton on Tees

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:30 GMT 09:30 UK

It is an election year and so we will sell anything and anyone the fact is none of the parties are any good and they have not been so since Thatcher but the you get what you deserve war poverty you bring on to other countries so it comes back on to you. Brown does as he is told he will not leave and go on to get shed loads of money unlike Blair things can only get better we were all conned there. I saw Brown and to me he has all the traits of Asperges and laughing boy is a psychopath class A.

Denise Cullum, Liverpool

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:27 GMT 09:27 UK

I'm at a bit of a loss as to what Gordon felt he was doing by going on a show hosted by an extremely loathed man who flaunts the high life in poor working people's faces. That aside it told us yet again that all politicians are liars, now he admits to a deal with Blair..Old news Gordon, we knew.

As for his daughter, I feel so sorry that he used his poor child in a gut wrenching attempt to pool favour and extract sympathy before an election.

Has he no morals left???

Bye Gord, it wasn't nice

John, London

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:26 GMT 09:26 UK

This might come as a shock to some, but Gordon Brown is a human being.

Anyone talking about the death of a child or loved one is going to get emotional on reflection.

There was no publicity stunt, he was asked a question and he answered it... Piers Morgan now thinks he's somehow a great journalist for asking it.

It certainly isn't going to win Brown an election. But atleast we all got to briefly see a real person and not a bubbling idiot.

Martyn Norman, Bath

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:25 GMT 09:25 UK

"Politics is just show business for ugly people"

Jay Leno

philip Jones, london, United Kingdom

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:23 GMT 09:23 UK

I've been in Australia for a couple of years now and watching the UK from afar enables a more objective view. What I see is not a pathetic Prime Minister, but a leader respected throughout the world - listened to by others. The dominant theme, however, is of a defeatist people. They have weathered an economic storm worsened only by the USA. Brown saw them through it. Yet they moan about being a "sinking ship"! If that's what you think you are, that's what you will be seen as - whinging Poms!

Andrew, Brisbane

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:21 GMT 09:21 UK

The interview with Piers Morgan should be investigated if David Cameron etc are not given a similar chance. It amounts to a little bit of a party political broadcast to try and convince the UK voting public that Mr Brown is a caring , honest family man. He will spout the same ideals etc during the election campaign. However as in the expenses row, he broke no rules as the election has not yet been declared as such can use the TV media as much as he likes right now

Leslie Jarrett, sLOUGH, United Kingdom

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:21 GMT 09:21 UK

Since when has Gordon cared for anything or anybody except obtaining power? Maybe many years ago he was a caring person, but his actions when in power indicate that he is a control freak with no regard for anything or anybody.
The sooner he is gone the better. I almost feel sorry for whoever has to try to mend the wreckage he created.

[bazzerman], Bromley, United Kingdom

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:21 GMT 09:21 UK

A privatel life should be just that: private.

But if you are in the public's eye, the media won't allow you a private life.

You can't win. Keep your private life private, the media will digg until they find something. If you share - under media pressure - anything of your private life, the media will have a field day.

Public figures are not public property, but the media seem to think otherwise.

The public has a right to know? I don't think so. And do they want to know even?

Marie-Anne

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:20 GMT 09:20 UK

Didn't see it, I would rather sandpaper my face. I would prefer to see no approach at all from politicians during and election never mind a personal one, but I realise that is unfortunately unrealistic. They all make me sick, frankly.

[SlaveofBaal], Orpington, United Kingdom

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Added: Monday, 15 February, 2010, 09:19 GMT 09:19 UK

Personal life about what? Personal life about being involved in drug-related terrorism, yes. Personal life about favorite color or whether prefers calzone or pizza, no.

Gary Roberts

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