Andrew Marr has surprised a lot of people by asking Gordon Brown about the rumours that he is addicted to pain killers.
Whilst I enjoyed watching Brown's reaction I'm not convinced it was right to ask the question because when someone as prominent as Andrew Marr asks the question it gives credence to what had previously been unsourced rumours.
It might be argued that we have a right to know whether the PM takes painkillers but we also have a right to know whether he has sex with farmyard animals but asking him about that directly would give credence to the rumour that he committed bestiality even though he has (probably) never done so.
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