Marr was right to ask Guido's queation
BBC stuns Gordon Brown with question on pill taking
Mr Marr told Mr Brown that he wanted to ask about "something everybody has been talking about in the Westminster village... A lot of people in this country use prescription painkillers and pills to help them get through.”
He went on: “Are you one of them?”
A stunned Mr Brown replied: “No. I think this is the sort of questioning which is all too often entering the lexicon of British politics.”....
Lord Mandelson, the First Secretary, attacked the "personal intrusiveness" of Mr Marr's questions. He told a fringe meeting at the Labour conference the questions had been unacceptable.
He added: "Based on what incidentally, I haven't the foggiest, and I wonder if Andrew did either"......
Mr Marr told the Daily Telegraph yesterday afternoon: "I thought very carefully about asking the question. So many people in the Westminster village and beyond are talking about it that it seemed to me a fair question to ask.”
Downing Street last night privately disputed his analysis about who is “talking about it"
Mandy at his most slithery, dear Andrew can expect a call. And of course Marr was right and proper to raise a well known rumour which has implications for how the country is being run. We wouldn't want to go back to the days when a Prime Minister has a stroke and is left ga-ga in No 10 and the press pretends nothing is wrong would we? Not that we could with the scuttlebutts of the blogosphere spreading the news.