24-hour news has cut politicians’ shelf life, says Gordon Brown

Former PM says politicians now get about six years at the top, because voters get bored

The age of 24-hour news has brought about the end of long political leaderships, the former prime minister Gordon Brown has said, estimating that a politician’s time at the top is now no more than six years.

Brown told the Hay literary festival in Wales that invasive modern media meant the public got sick of politicians more quickly.

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