Danny Finkelstein has got a great post over at Comment Central. It appears that the ever-so-authentic Mr Brown has had to borrow the speechwriting skills of Bob Shrum. Danny compares speeches by previous Shrum clients with Mr Brown's effort of Monday...
"Al Gore 2000 nomination acceptance speech: I know my own imperfections. I know that sometimes people say I'm too serious, that I talk too much substance and policy.
Gordon Brown: Sometimes people say I am too serious and I fight too hard and maybe that's true...
Al Gore 2000 nomination acceptance speech: I pledge to you tonight: I will work for you every day and I will never let you down."
Gordon Brown: This is my pledge to the British people: I will not let you down.
John Kerry 2004 nomination acceptance speech: And what can I say about Teresa? She has the strongest moral compass of anyone I know.
Gordon Brown: And this is my moral compass.
Bill Clinton's State of the Union 1995: As we move into this next century, everybody matters; we don't have a person to waste.
Gordon Brown: This is the century where our country cannot afford to waste the talents of anyone."
I hope Mr Brown will ask for a discount from Mr Shrum.