Is this the real Gordon Brown?

The Prime Minister is surprisingly fluid and even funny

Here is Gordon Brown speaking in Oxford on Tuesday at the annual, invitation-only TED conference in Oxford. Is this the real Gordon Brown?

Downing Street aides are rightly pleased with their boss's performance - one emailed me this morning to say "it's an accurate capturing of GB the man and what makes him tick"

Brown, as you can see in the video, is speaking without notes for 17 minutes, and with real passion and energy. The public - rather than a gathering of techies and geeks in Oxford - will have to see far more of this rather appealing side of "GB" in the run-up to next May if he is going to have any chance of clinging onto power.

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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