What must have been going on in the head of this driven son of the manse
as he contemplated the future?
Beaverbrook liked to insist on his being a Scots son of the manse
For a start, he was the son of the manse
, the eldest son of a Conregationalist minister born in Brynaman on the border between Carmarthenshire and the old Glamorgan, when Brynaman was a coal-mining village, and where the Welsh language was - and still is to a large extent - the lingua franca.
Maybe it was his upbringing as a son of the manse
, seeing at first hand extreme poverty as he followed his father on church rounds.
Much was made of his refusal to give a straight answer, but I suspect that the reason was that, for a puritanical Son of the Manse
like Gordon, the question was simply irrelevant.
And he grew up a son of the manse
, in Kirkcaldy, Fife, where they see all sorts of fantasies after a night on the toon.
It's annoying enough to see the Son of the Manse
toying with the Tories and the rest of the UK with the "will he, won't he" childishness about a possible election.
With a son of the manse
ruling us from Downing Street, the likelihood of the government sponsoring old peoples' admission to places where we can dream - like a racecourse, dog-track or casino - is remote.
The son of the manse
has said little about the war and is now positioning himself to appeal to middle Britain by talking about a new drive to get one million more families owning their homes.
It's presented by the eminent Welsh historian Hywel Williams,himself a son of the manse
As a son of the manse
, I understand how difficult that can be.
There were appearances on Richard and Judy and the son of the manse
shed his dour image with the occasional break-out of a smile.
Unfortunately, Sporting Index must have nicked his water jug as the son of the manse
made zero swallies, leaving my pal in a financial drought.
Selwyn was a son of the manse
, dutiful and obedient, and it was typical of him that he should arrive at the rehearsal room with 20 minutes to spare.
The president was touchy feely towards the son of the manse
- "a good partner in the war on terror" - while the PM instinctively recoiled as if he had been touched with a cattle prod.