The Prime Minister must be feeling thoroughly p****d off after reading the weekend's newspapers. Note that despite it being acceptable to Alistair Darling, Vince Cable and Nick Robinson of the BBC, I've decided to censor the use of this lavatorial term from this blog. Standards maketh man. It must have been particularly galling when he turned for blessed relief to Polly Toynbee in the Guardian. Not so long ago she was lauding Gordon Brown as if he was the 'second coming'. On Saturday she begged him to go for the sake of the Labour Party - using the sort of verbals that Charles Clarke confines to singing in the bath behind closed doors.
Anyway, I've found some sound advice for the Prime Minister. This morning I received a Debating Handbook from the Council of Education and World Citizenship. Reason is that I'm adjudicating at the 2008 Wales Schools Debating Championships later this month. This is some of the advice that the Handbook gives to competitors.
Adjudicators will mark you down if:
You provide unclear or irrelevant arguments or points of information.
You only make assertions which are not supported with evidence.
You make a speech which is only a string of statistics.
You use dubious facts or statistics.
You use arguments without a clear structure.
You appear to contradict your partner, or provide repetitive arguments.
Gordon Brown would not do very well in this competition!