Feeds

Number 10 doubles as 'House of Flying Nokias'

PM also handy with pens and printers, aides claim

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Gordon Brown earned a place alongside the likes of Naomi Campbell today, when a financial newswire claimed that the PM likes to vent his frustration on pieces of personal technology.

The report on Bloomberg claims that the PM's current travails - worst recession since the war, smeary email scandal, sinking poll numbers - have inflamed a "temper that has always been the subject of gallows humor among those who work with him".

Apparently, Brown hurled "pens and even a stapler at aides", though it's not clear whether the recipients of this stationery barrage have included the likes of Damian McBride.

Mr Primus inter pares apparently shoved a laser printer off a desk in a rage. Which of course if just what you'd expect from a man who sees himself as the Labour Party's very own Heathcliff.

Most shockingly, another aide was warned to watch out for "flying Nokias" when he joined the former chancellor's team.

A Number 10 flunky reportedly condemned the revelations as idle gossip and "not an account I recognise".

Naomi Campbell's predilection for chucking phones and PDAs at staff was down to a now-resolved anger management issue. Whether this is the case with Brown, or he's single-handedly trying to revive the UK's hi-tech sector by smashing every bit of technology he can lay his hands on is not immediately clear.

Either way, the G20 protestors can count themselves lucky they never made it within striking distance of the PM. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'
Spooks ask Dabbsy to suggest a nice hotel with pool
Russia sends SEX-CRAZED GECKOS to SPAAAAACE!
In space... no one can hear you're green...
Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN
Big cat causes big trouble at Mumbai college
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!
If you're reading this email, I am no longer alive
Plucky Rockall podule man back on (proper) dry land
Bold, barmy Brit adventurer Nick Hancock escapes North Atlantic islet
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.