There is just no stopping the man, even when it comes to public health.. A swine flu alert was delayed by several hours, so Brown could make the announcement at PMQs:
Councillors in the Devon resort learnt at 8.30am yesterday that Amy Whitehouse, 12, had tested positive for the virus after a holiday in Mexico.
Yet although the decision was quickly taken to close down Paignton Community and Sports College, where she is a Year 7 student, parents complained that the first they heard about the school closure was on the lunchtime news after Mr Brown's announcement.
Dr Sarah Harrison, public health consultant for Torbay, said the timing did not affect officials' actions. However:
This was a national incident and the timing of the announcement was an order that came from above.
What a tragedy Brown is, and truly sad he he has to resort to play politics with swine flu.