November 11, 2009

Penmanship and Politics

Those of you dear readers that live in the United Kingdom are likely already privy to this story, but it was sure news to me here, stateside.

It seems that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has found himself in an extremely embarrassing situation. Attempting to do a good deed by writing a hand written letter to the family of a soldier killed in the the Middle East, Mr. Brown instead insulted the soldier's mother with his poor handwriting and a series of material spelling errors.

The situation has gone beyond one family's beef with Mr. Brown and turned into political fodder, readily used by Mr. Brown's opponents in Parliament. From the Daily Mail article:
Tory MP Adam Holloway praised Mr Brown's 'extremely good intentions' in sending letters to bereaved families of soldiers but added: 'It's sort of an allegory for the whole thing - very good intentions but the problem has been in the execution.'

'We can't write a letter correctly, we can't get the right equipment and as far as I'm concerned, we don't have the right strategy.'
The lesson: If you're going to write a letter, write it well.

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