Two little boys

May 12 • Uncategorized • 693 Views • 25 Comments on Two little boys

Of all the images on our TV screens yesterday I think there were probably few more moving than the sight of John and Fraser Brown leaving Downing Street hand in hand with their parents.

A few years ago I met Gordon Brown and he revealed he'd put up a climbing frame for his sons in the garden of No 10. 'We have trouble getting them off it and persuading them to go to bed,' he told me.

I know a few people thought it was wrong to let the children be photographed and filmed yesterday. But personally I thought it was wonderful – it's a moment they'll remember for the rest of their lives, as will we. I hope the four of them are very happy in their new life together.

written by Liz Jarvis

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25 Responses to Two little boys

  1. Julie says:

    thought it was a very moving speech and seeing the little men leave with their parents brought tears to my eyes, when ever a Father leaves no.10 I can’t help feeling grateful that the children no longer have a PM for a Dad.

  2. Becky (babybudgeting) says:

    I think they look like a very genuinely united and happy family and absolutely they should have it documented its part of their history x

  3. Kat says:

    I just watched that video and I had tears rolling down my face. Those boys look so proud of their father. THAT is how you know he is doing a good job as a father, the looks in those little boys eyes.

  4. leslieanne says:

    I agree – his little boys looked so happy & I don’t see why they shouldn’t have been photographed – it was only a few moments & it was a moving image of a fmaily reunited, not explotive at all. And I wonder if once the dust settles, a part of Gordon Brown will be totally relieved & just happy to be able to be a Daddy again? I bet those two little boys will be chuffed to pieces!

  5. Sandy Calico says:

    It’s not like their boys were in OK magazine! Their lives have been totally private and I’m sure they will again. Gordon Brown is clearly a wonderful father. I was moved by his speech yesterday. It’ll be good for them to spend more time together as a family.

  6. Deer Baby says:

    It totally choked me up. I thought at one point he was going to mention his daughter – I thought that was why his voice cracked – and I would have totally lost it. I think he has done a very good job of shielding those children from the public eye. I can’t remember a time when he has ‘used’ them unlike so many of the other politicians. I thought it was perfectly fine to have them all leaving together like that.

  7. Sam says:

    I was moved to tears by the whole resignation speech. It was gracious and dignified and the fact the boys came out at the end was wonderful. I have never seen the boys before, either photographed or on film, and it was really moving to see them all together as a strong family unit. I think it was also very symbolic, as this was not just about Gordon resigning as PM and Labour Leader, but also about a family leaving their home. In all honesty I am sure they will be happier as a family without all the media attention – and hopefully by seeing him with his wife and children, the public who vilified him will now see Gordon as the human being he was.

  8. Liz says:

    I think all senior politicians in power don’t have their children photographed for security reasons – so it was lovely to see them finally, they were so sweet. I thought the whole thing was lovely and that they’ll have their Dad ‘back’ now – he un-aged 10 years before our eyes, it’ll be lovely and more healthy for all of them.

  9. Mummy Zen says:

    I was moved to tears by Brown’s speech and mention of his family! I thought it was a fitting end to have the whole family walking off together and the boys certainly looked happy. I’m sure they are proud of their Dad.

  10. karen Jones says:

    I think with all the adverse media attention Gordon Brown has had during his term, an awful lot of people will remember his last dignified and heartfelt speech. The image of a wife by his side who clearly loves him and he her was wonderful and seeing them walk off together united with their children like that bought tears to my eyes. I think he was so right not to wait and to take everyone by surprise like that. Good for him.

  11. Paula @ Battling On says:

    He’s never leveraged his family, has behaved with utter integrity at all times and has (rightly) protected his children from the glare, but that was an incredibly special moment and it was perfect. We saw the man that he really is. You could argue that we should maybe have seen more of it, but that’s not his way and I have a sackful more respect for him as a result. Those boys will grow up to be wonderful men with the parents they’ve been gifted. Px

  12. Crystal Jigsaw says:

    Here, here, Liz. Completely agree; the speech followed by the departure moved me to tears, really. I wonder if they will take the climbing frame down or leave it for the new PM’s children. CJ xx

  13. Hayley says:

    Everyone will always give him stick no matter what he does. If he hadnt brought the boys out someone would have given him stick for NOT bringing them out. The poor guy cant win. But like they were saying on This Morning, by bringing them out last night he was simply giving them an insight and a memory of what Daddy does/did, they had never been in the spotlight till then and he had never used them as a PR toll to gain anything and at that moment in time nothing was going to be affected by bringing those children out, it was mreley giving them an experience and showing the world the role he will be playing more of now. Daddy.

  14. Ellen Arnison says:

    It was a dignified moment. I know there are security issues about the children, but the Browns seem to have so much more strict about shielding their children than the other leaders. I had a much smaller sense of Brown the dad than that of Cameron and Clegg, before yesterday. I got the feeling that you could almost hear people up and down the country saying "Gordon, if you’d only shown us that side of you, we might have voted". The Browns are right – it reflects badly on us as a nation that we would be thus swayed.

  15. Sarah Ebner says:

    I think the boys would probably be annoyed with him when older if there were no pictures of them with their father, the Prime Minister, when they all lived at Number 10. It was the right thing to do – and very impressive in a way not to have seen them before and for them not to have been "used".

  16. TheMadHouse says:

    I have to say hats off to Gordon and Sarah for keeping their lovely boys (very nice names) out of the public eye for as long as they have. They have not used them as tools and I for one shed a tear at those images and that speach. I rememer them losing Jennifer and it broke my heart for them. Good luck to then and Sarah Brown ill be a hard act for SamCam to follow

  17. Anthony Bradburn says:

    A pro Tory supporter but thought his decision not to use his children previously to gain political favour was right and proper. With him leaving office though meant this no longer was a stunt to gain favour but one to show unity and whats important to him now and always. They are also his children and I think it was right for him to have them there as they left a home where they would have spent a considerable amount of time. A moving moment which shows a dignified man and someone with a different persona than the one we saw when he was PM.

  18. nappyvalleygirl says:

    I was also in tears at GB’s speech and the sight of the little boys walking down Downing Street. I don’t thing there was anything wrong with showing this as a family moment and I loved what he said in his speech about PM being ‘the second most important job’. I can’t help thinking that they will probably be an even happier family though now that he’s not running the country any more…..

  19. New Mummy says:

    I agree that it will be a great memory for them. It is the first time I had seen them I don’t believe they have been exploited in anyway, it was right for them all to leave together.

  20. Rachael (@karamina) says:

    I couldn’t agree more. It was an incredibly touching sight, and if I hadn’t already been having a little cry that would have finished me off. I think it was lovely, and right, that they should leave together.

  21. Expat Mum says:

    It did show him in a different light and made me think he’s probably a lovely man instead of the slightly stiff, awkward person he often comes across as. I hope they are happy in the future as a family.

  22. Nuala says:

    I agree what a lovely image – and how happy they looked – it reinforces the fact for me that he was a man with integrity not something you can say about all politicians as he never used his children to win votes. When my 10 year old saw the pictures of Mr Brown leaving with his family he said ‘I am happy for him but in a sad way’ . we wish him well.

  23. Bev says:

    Wouldn’t want the life of a politian or pm for any money. But all in all it is a moment in history and his kids are part of that and they can look back at that moment in history in years to come and know that they were – like it or not – part of it. The family left together – and, rightly or wrongly, it was a lovely picture. Only parents have the right to decide what is right or wrong for their own kids. Anyway have you seen the celeb mags, now that is exploitation!! x

  24. Bev says:

    By the way, TWO LITTLE BOYS, one of my favourite all time songs and memories from my childhood. Remember that Rolf Harris hit?? Sadly I have this on my ipod – and it can still reduce me to nostalgic tears today!!

  25. Natalie says:

    It is beyond me why some people would ‘object’ to him being photographed with his kids and deem it ‘wrong’. It’s nobody’s choice but his and Sarah’s. As a society, we seem to be getting very judgemental and feeling like we have to jump on people about everything, when really, as a society, there are far bigger things to worry about, and we wouldn’t appreciate the same level of judgement upon us. Like you, I thought it was very moving, not just the final moments with the kids, but his speech.

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