Marr: I “got it in the neck” over pill question

Andrew Marr admitted this afternoon that he had “got it in the neck” from the members of the Coalfield Communities Federation for asking Gordon Brown whether he used “prescription painkillers and pills” on the BBC yesterday. Marr has also been heard defending his right to ask the question.

Sunny Hundal of Liberal Conspiracy writes that Marr’s question, “legitimses right-wing smears.” Hundal goes on:

“It worked like this: right-wing bloggers kept questioning Gordon Brown’s sanity and calling him ‘bonkers’, demented and other names for partisan reasons. They justified this on the basis that some others within the Labour party had apparently also started these rumours. But no evidence is offered.

“it illustrates how craven BBC journalists keep trying to win influence with the Tory administration and win plaudits from right-wing blogs.”

Meanwhile the blogger who first broke the story has told Channel 4 News’ Khrishnan Guru Murphy that:

“The fact of the matter is I still have no more proof, and I stress proof, than anyone else that Gordon Brown is actually taking anti-depressants.”

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3 Responses to “Marr: I “got it in the neck” over pill question”

  1. sunny hundal

    RT @wdjstraw: Marr overheard saying he has "got it in the neck" for asking Brown pills question

  2. Bill Kristol-Balls

    Could I suggest the following question for Marr to give to Cameron this Sunday –

    “You’ve been very consistent in saying that you feel entitled not to comment on private matters that occured before you came into politics and I respect that. Given that position, can you tell me whether – since 1988 when you started working for the Conservative Party – you have ever taken illegal drugs and if so, which ones”

  3. The Orator

    Why does everyone keep calling this a ‘right wing smear’. I am still to work out what advantage people think the Tories would have in ousting Brown at this stage. On the other hand, Labour MPs who think another leader might just save their seats…

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