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Issue No. 2190

“Sorry, bullies often make the best leaders.”
The Daily Mail newspaper gives its views on government

“In tough times Downing Street needs tough staff.”
Times columnist Libby Purves

“Do you want some docile type of person who is just not going to have any spirit about them or do you want someone who has got a bit of fire in their belly?”
Lord Alan Sugar defends Gordon Brown on the basis that there are only two kinds of people in the world

“There is a degree of impatience about the man, but what would you like? Some sort of shrinking violet?”
Baron Peter Mandelson sticks to the line

“I have never hit anybody in my life.”
Gordon Brown denies allegations that haven’t been made—but stays quiet on those that have

“Not perfect.”
Brown on himself

“Of course you do get angry.”
Brown expands on life as the “prime monster”

“He does not seek to win an argument, he just seeks to bully. It is truly shocking. The more he trusts you, the more he vents.”
A former senior adviser to Gordon Brown backs up the allegations of bullying

“A bully and control freak.”
Lord Turnbull, former permanent secretary to Gordon Brown describes him

“There is a really nice atmosphere in number 10.”
Anne Snelgrove MP, Brown’s parliamentary private secretary, puts a positive spin on recent events

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Tue 23 Feb 2010, 19:25 GMT
Issue No. 2190
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