Having made the film version of the book the English Patient, should we make anything of Anthony Minghella making a film that shows Gordon Brown in a blindingly good light? The Scottish Patient, like the English Patient, tells the story of a man who has suffered horrible burn injuries (Blair happily fanned the flames, but the last embers are going out).
Will Minghella’s Scottish Patient make it through to the other side? I was of the opinion that Brown was a dead cert for PM. That was, however, before learning that Mumbles "Jack" Straw is Brown’s campaign manager. Now my money’s on McDonnell, possibly even Meacher, to beat Straw’s man.
I haven’t seen Minghella’s film, but I would hazard a guess that the Scottish Patient shamelessly makes political capital retelling the death of one child and the illness of another. All of which reminds me of the title of one of Chesterton’s five Father Brown novels: “The Scandal of Father Brown”. And with Straw as "campaign manager" another Chesterton title comes to mind: "The Innocence of Father Brown", having unfortunately not written one entitled "The Complete Lunacy of Father Brown".