You are the Prime Minister of the UK. Things have not been going that well for you lately. The economy is slowing, threatening to put people out of work. People are unhappy at rising bills and expect you to do something about it. Crisis has overtaken the banking and finance sector, ripping the heart of the UK housing market. Russia is flexing its muscles in Georgia, setting back the cause of global peace. Your colleagues are muttering darkly about your performance and thinking about knifing you between the shoulder blades. All this must be dealt with alongside the normal course of everyday government business.
Your supporters are desperate for you to take a lead, to show some of the vision you promised the country when you took office. In these troubled times, Britain needs a Prime Minister ready to roll up his sleeves, lead from the front and work tirelessly, night and day, to come up with the solutions to the country's ailments. You are, in short, quite busy.
So, why the @#@# is Gordon Brown wasting his precious Prime Ministerial time writing another sodding book??!! Not content with wantonly destroying a whole bunch of precious trees with his last mind numbing tome on "Courage", this time he is boring everyone into submission with a book on "Britishness". Why is it that just because a person is good at one thing (in Brown's case, let's be generous and say its climbing the greasy pole), that they automatically think they will be a good writer and that people will want to read what they write (ahem)?
When asked how he finds the time to write, Brown said "I get up early and write first thing in the morning." What? If you 'get up early', why don't you read some bloody briefings or think about how to get the country out of the hole its in? Don't waste your and our time writing a bloody book! How unbelievably vain and self-indulgent of him.