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Emotional confusion

The left appears to be confused about the place of emotion in modern politics

By Catherine Fieschi   October 2005

The untimely deaths of two grand figures of the British left, Mo Mowlam and Robin Cook, prompted several commentators, also of the left, to publicly lament the demise of passion and emotion in British politics. Separately, Jon Norton, Mowlam’s husband, told a newspaper after her death that she had expressed reservations over Gordon Brown’s capacity to lead the country because he “lacked the ability to have an emotional relationship with the people of this country.” It is revealing that Mowlam should so easily embrace the idea that you need warmth and charisma to be prime minister. It also suggests confusion…

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