Whilst I appreciate it is an easy trap to fall into, one of the dangers of being involved in politics is sometimes taking an exceptional dislike to an individual because of their politics.
Now I am not being twee here, for example I think it's right that, if someone shared the politics of Adolf Hitler it might not be a good idea to invite them round for dinner with a few of your friends. But where centre politics are concerned, whether right or left, I think it is important to divorce personalities from politics. If nothing else it helps foster respect from the electorate.
So I am a little bit bothered when some Conservatives and Liberal Democrats make a few personal jibes about Gordon Brown.
So I was a bit disapointed when Iain Dale made a sweep at Gordon Brown for simply being on the Rugby World Cup platform last night. It wasn't as if he was putting forward some policy that would upset the political opposition and I am wondering if he would have written the same post if it was a Conservative government and David Cameron was there instead.
Of course the acid test is how I would feel if any Conservative leader, past or present, was there and for me personally I would not have been bothered. If people don't like Gordon Brown then fine, if they don't like his politics then fine, but don't have a go at him for doing his job and try to avoid making personal attacks for electoral gain.
UPDATE: Iain has since made it clear that he was referring to Gordon Brown being with Heads of State, and Gordon being Head of Government. Fair enough and I take back my accusation