One of the very many enjoyable and fascinating facts in this book is that for one UK citizen, Gordon Brown enjoyed the distinction of being considered "son of them ants".
One of the very many enjoyable and fascinating facts in this book is that for one UK citizen, Gordon Brown enjoyed the distinction of being considered \"son of them ants\".
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Reviewed by Rosemary Goring A Dictionary Of Scottish Phrase And Fable Ian Crofton Birlinn, £25
Mishearing the dread and over-used phrase "son of the manse", this individual was no doubt mystified. From Brown's perspective, this label was probably no worse a badge than many others pinned to him over the years, and certainly preferable to some, such as the Misery from the Manse and the Incredible Sulk. Nobody ever said politics was even-handed or kind, but it has always seemed distinctly unfair that Brown attracted so many unflattering epithets while Blair waltzed around virtually unscathed, any mud that was flung at him miraculously slithering off as if it were he and not his Chancellor who enjoyed a family connection to the Almighty.
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