Saturday, April 10, 2010

How much do people need to know about politicians' private lives?

Would Britain have won World War II faster if the public had known that Winston Churchill ate nine bananas a day? This segment from a British chat show concerns an incident where Prime Minister Gordon Brown wept during an interview.

Former National Review columnist Florence King used to deplore this sort of sentimentality years ago. Emotional incontinence, indeed. If she's still on the scene somewhere, no doubt she'd be agreeably appalled to see this American phenomenon spreading to Britain.

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