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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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