I have several friends who suffer from depression from time to time. Life is often lived on the edge. They just don't know when the black dog is going to strike. If our Prime Minister is indeed suffering in this way he deserves our compassion, not insults.'Fraid that won't wash, old boy. Aside from the baffling tone (I assume Dale's regular readers, of whom I am one, are not children) probably all of us have friends who suffer or have suffered from depression. I certainly do, and worse. But the difference is that none of them is Prime Minister. It's a private matter if it happens to be part of your private life. "Leaders" are never afforded that luxury. That is what they exchange for power. It's the old Antigone question - you know, the crisis caused for a king when his public and private realms collide. Dale, I think, knows this. So I believe he's being rather dishonest here - for reasons known only to himself.
Ollie Cromwell (he of "The Red Rag" blog fame) makes a strong point in an open letter to Dale/comment on the original blogpost:
Iain, I would of course have compassion for anyone suffering any illness who then finds it exacerbated by a stressful job. That is unless that person had smeared and backstabbed his way to it, not caring who he destroyed along the way, and then clung onto it at all costs even when it is abundantly clear that he does not have the capacity for it. I will reserve my compassion for the employees who have to put up with his abuse, flying mobile phones and rages.Exactly.
I will offer Mr Brown compassion when he is in convalescence after standing down for the sake of his health and the nation’s. Until then I will insult him as he insults us with his lies and incompetence.
I believe the Lib Dems are looking for bleeding hearts.