Cock-up or upstroke?

So, Gordon Brown has the handwriting of an average GP. It would be interesting to compare his writing with any one-eyed GPs. If you look at the word which has caused all the fuss, it seems reasonable to assert that Gordon Brown did spell the lady’s name correctly. He writes “J” then “a” without any joining. The “a” finishes with quite a downstroke and then he leaves a gap. The next letter could well be an “n” with a commencing upstroke which starts about half way up the level of the “a” – so well off the line of writing as established by the “J” and the “a”. So it could well be that Brown actually spelt the lady’s name correctly – “Mrs Janes”.

The word which caused all the fuss

The word which caused all the fuss

I agree with the Millennium Elephant here. The Sun are the villain of the piece. I can quite understand the anger of Mrs Janes. But it really is taking advantage to put this on the front page. After all, Brown has never gone round boasting of the letters he writes to next of kin. I have a personal hand written letter from Denis Thatcher. I’m very proud of it. It was very kind of him to write it by hand. The standard of writing is at about the level of Brown’s, but it never crossed my mind that that devalued the letter. Surely the whole point of a personal letter is that it is hand written, is it not? With a smidgeon of illegibility comes the strength of the sincerity of the message.

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