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Earlier this week Daily Mail columnist Amanda Platell spoke to a Tory gathering and suggested that there might be one or more parallels between Gordon Brown and Mr Bean…

"I have been doing some research on Mr Bean. And there are rather more parallels than you night expect.

First of all, his only friend is a Teddy Bear.   And a Teddy Bear has been the one media diversion over the last few days that has helped distract public attention from Brown’s woes.  May be he should make a bear his mascot?

Then there are the words of this reviewer: “Bean often seems unaware of basic aspects of the way the world works… [Sound familiar?]…  “The humour largely comes from his original and often absurd solutions to any problems and his total disregard for others when solving them, his pettiness and occasional malevolence.”  Now that does ring a bell.

Then there is his fondness for Latin mottos. Brown is proud of his alma mater’s Usque Conabor, which you will all know translates to not “I will cock things up” but to “I shall try to the utmost.”  But I am looking forward to the day when he adopts “Vale homo qui est faba.” You have got it: “Farewell man who is bean."

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