Alastair Campbell: By showing his humanity, Gordon will reach a wider audience

Twitter in particular has changed the balance of power in the relationship between "expert" and "people". I don't know how many people were watching the Prime Minister's interview with Piers Morgan, nor how many were tweeting as they did so, but when I saw the tweet "Why is Piers Morgan trending on Twitter?" I realised the answers were, respectively ... a lot, and quite a few.

Steve Richards: Almost everything you think you know about the PM is untrue

After his interview, he won't be so easy for the airbrushed Tory leadership to dismiss

Gordon Brown on TV: a political coup or a crying shame?

For a man unwilling to talk about his private life, the Prime Minister was remarkably candid in his interview with Piers Morgan. We asked interested parties to judge whether he would benefit at the ballot box

Leading article: Public and private grief

It's the eternal question: who benefits? Piers Morgan, obviously, who has moved effortlessly from newspaper editor to big-time interviewer. TV executives, for whom emoting equals ratings. And we, the viewers, perhaps, if we have a masochistic or voyeuristic streak. But things have reached a pretty pass when anyone aspiring to high office seems obliged to show a "softer" side by openly choking up.

Piers smooths the way for 'gauche' Gordon

Piers Morgan's Life Stories, ITV1

Piers Morgan: Hack of the day

It's all come good for the one-time disgraced Mirror editor, and now the Prime Minister has given him his biggest scoop

Andrew Grice: Why Brown opened up

Gordon Brown's emotion-charged TV interview with Piers Morgan, in which he talks movingly about the death of his first child Jennifer Jane 10 days after she was born nine years ago, is a landmark moment.

Brown reveals feelings about daughter's death

PM admits to fights with Blair and holds back tears in his most intimate interview

Campbell to coach PM for Piers Morgan appearance

Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell is to coach Gordon Brown ahead of his showpiece interview with Piers Morgan, he said yesterday.

Ready to Wear: Society holds up an image of beauty that is impossible to achieve

Models – like children – should be seen and not heard. Most recently, proof came in the form of Kate Moss who, promoting her latest fragrance, agreed to a rare – indeed, very rare – interview with Women's Wear Daily. Her choice of a paper aimed at industry insiders was a careful one. It did not protect her from mainstream attention, however.

Observations: Faryl in a winter wonderland

While most teenagers are squabbling with their parents over pocket money, the teen classical singing sensation Faryl Smith, 14, has been busy signing a £2.3m record deal with Decca.

The feral beast: Curtain call for 'Sun' critic Hagerty

It's exit stage left for The Sun's theatre critic, Bill Hagerty. The veteran former Mirror hack has been let go in a round of cuts, even though his son, Will, is a senior executive at the paper. It is unclear whether a replacement will be appointed, although given the Sun's interest in TV talent show stars who end up in the West End, it's not such a daft idea. But Hagerty will probably still be seen in theatreland: his wife, Liz Vercoe, is also a critic, so no doubt he can still go – on her arm.

Katherine Jenkins tells of rape attempt ordeal

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins has re-lived her "terrifying" ordeal when a violent attacker tried to rape her.

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