Gordon Brown got a relatively easy ride from Andrew Marr –
and no challenge to his various assertions. But he did smile a lot.

The Prime Minister made the following assertions while being interviewed by Andrew Marr on the BBC this morning:

1. As many migrants have gone to work in Europe as have come here. (Sounds wrong to me, I will be checking the statistic).
2. ‘Capping immigration won’t work by profession’. A lie: this system is used in Australia and works near-perfectly.
3. We are a tolerant and diverse nation. The ‘worm’ on our screens during the TV debate showed he is quite mistaken about this.

4. ‘(The TV debates) are not an X-Factor show’. The surge in support for Nick Clegg would suggest that this is exactly what it is.
5. The Conservatives will take £6 billion out of the economy. How does he know and where did he get the number from? Gordon has yet to give any answer on this.
6. The banks’ behaviour suggests moral bankruptcy. And that of politicians doesn’t?
7.’I don’t dislike David Cameron’. An outright lie: he cannot stand the man.
8. ‘I’ve always been determined to do the best I can for the armed forces.’ A lie. The Slog was the first to prove this on March 6th 2010: it was a lie then, and it’s a lie now.
9. ‘The question of whether I could work with Nick Clegg is a side-issue’. There isn’t a single opinion poll anywhere supporting this view, and I’ve yet to meet any UK resident who agrees with it.
10. ‘I’ve made the right judgements on the big calls’. Gold, the FSA, the 2007 budget, Northern Rock, the election that never was, the 10% tax rate….how long have you got?
11. ‘I changed my mind about electoral reform because of the expenses scandal’. Why? That’s like me changing my mind about which way to vote based on the barometric pressure.

Andrew Marr got nothing out of of this profoundly secretive and evasive liar – but he did demonstrate again the obvious nature of Brown’s character. Actually, that’s not entirely fair: he got one thing out of him in just over half an hour: that he would like to serve for the next five years as Prime Minister. Sadly for him, Nick Clegg thinks the right number is about five minutes.

I’ll write later about other aspects and Freudian slips once I’ve checked some facts and made some calls.