Afternoon, Radio 4 news, there’s more than one way to do it, post mortem, Benedict XVI, a very long way, a very short way, beta radiator, chunka-chunka.

Gordon Brown.

What will the difference be? I couldn’t begin to guess. Not my area of expertise, shall we say.

As prime minister I suppose Blair wasn’t all bad. Wasn’t all good, either. Brown strikes me as a harder man. Since I’m a bit of a wuss, and fairly mild in most things, that worries me a little.

Time will tell.

For now, here we are in the middle of this democracy thing. Part of that is our ‘right’, even responsibility if you look at it that way, to criticize the government. Certainly we’re all pretty good at it. Comes natural, like.

What would you do? PM for a year — how would you go about it? ‘Ruler’ of a fairly powerful country, with influence, what would you say, where would you go?

What would the consequences be?

It’s not a job I would want for anything. But if it was you, what would you do?

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