Dignified. Human. Heartfelt. They are just some of the words used to describe Gordon Brown’s farewell speech as he put Britain’s premiership behind him.
His voice close to cracking, he thanked his wife Sarah, who is widely credited with softening his dour image. This was a side of Gordon Brown the public has rarely seen.
“As I leave the second most important job I can
ever hold, I cherish even more the first, as a husband and father. Thank you and goodbye,” he told reporters in Downing Street.
Thirteen years after taking office in the UK, it was all over for the centre-left Labour Party. But, posing for photographers with the two young sons he nomally keeps out of the public eye, Brown seemed almost to be breathing a sigh of relief.
He later headed back to the Scottish constituency he represents in parliament. But Brown has indicated he may now quit politics altogether, focussing on charity and voluntary work in the future.