Chancellor Lined up as Press Fund Lunch Speaker

The Chancellor, Gordon Brown, is to be the main speaker at at a lunch in Glasgow early next month, to raise funds for the Journalists’ Charity.

It’s quite a coup for the charity – aka the Press Fund – to have secured Brown as the main speaker at its lunch, taking place on the sixth. That same day, the campaigns for the Scottish Parliament election will be in full swing.

The event, being organised by the Glasgow and west of Scotland branch of the Journalists’ Charity, also marks the end of the branch presidency for Sunday Mail editor, Allan Rennie.

But Brown might do well to remember the fate of former Tory leader, Michael Howard, when he addressed a Press Fund lunch a couple of years ago.

Leaving his cheerful self in the ‘green room’, he went into political overdrive during his speech. The result was another nail in the man’s political coffin; mildly pissed hacks don’t like to be lectured.

Labour may think the Scottish media are the communication wing of the party, and so the Chancellor might regard this as a easy crowd. But no.

To this end, Spike offers the following ‘Brown-e-points’ game…

Brown makes casual reference to his love for Starks Park – Two points

Brown accuses Alex Salmond of eating all the pies – Three points

Brown makes everyone feel gloomy by mentioning Donald Dewar – One point

Brown says children have softened him – Two points

Brown warns that the SNP is the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse and tells his audience to vote Labour or else sin will befall the earth and there will be seven years of plague, or however many years of plague are prudent – Ten points.

If you want tickets for the lunch in Glasgow on April 6, email l.woods@sundaymail.co.uk or call 0141 309 3285.

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