Gordon Brown has had to defend himself from claims he is a bully who intimidates his staff, sometimes even physically.
The allegations, published by a journalist quoting sources close to the British prime minister, came as Brown tried to revive his chances in an election that must be held by June.
Brown’s temperament has been made an election issue by claims he verbally abused staff and even grabbed an aide by the collar. he denies the accusations.
Brown said in a television interview:
“Let me just say absolutely clearly so that there is no misunderstanding about that, I have never hit anybody in my life. In the heat of the moment you say things and of course you do get angry, mostly with yourself, but I am very strong-willed and very determined.”
Brown showed a softer side to cameras last week when he wept while talking of the death of his daughter.
With polls narrowing in his favour, he’ll also be keen to show he also fights, but fights fair.