The comparison with Kerry is apt. As Gove points out, with a clumsy politician, just about every gaffe can be made to seem like a product of his background—whether it's the chancellor of the exchequer from Scotland or the senator from Massachusetts. Whatever unease the English psyche may feel at the present moment may have nothing at all to do with the Scottish character. It is highly possible—probable, even—that the English just don't like Gordon Brown.
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