Did you watch Piers Morgan's interview with Gordon Brown? No, me neither.
The truth is that I have no interest in Gordon Brown's personal life, feelings and emotions any more than I have an interest in my butcher's. I want my butcher to do his best to provide me with good quality cuts of meat at reasonable prices - I don't want to hear about how the death of his grandma in a freak meat grinding accident led to him questioning his chosen vocation.
Similarly, I don't want to know how the death of Gordon Brown's daughter helped to shape his politics or how the disability of David Cameron's son was such an influence on his thinking. I want to know what their policies are and I want them to be clear and concise.
My wife is very different, though. She'll happily chat to the butcher about his teenage daughter's latest "unsuitable" boyfriend and show an interest in his wife's IBS symptoms. Women are like that - they like to empathise with people.
It's not that men can't - it's just that, on the whole, we don't want to. Oh, we'll happily empathise with a mate who was served a dodgy pint of bitter or with City's striker struggling to find the back of the net - but with people who are there to give us a service? Nah - don't give me sob stories, mate - just give me what I'm buying.
This is why we now have to put up with politicians pouring out their hearts on the TV screen or in national newspapers - the female vote. It's why politics is now more about personality than policy. Or, where policy does become a factor, it's why the more emotive that policy is framed the better received it is by the female voter.
Of course, this is a huge generalisation - not all women are affected by these things and there are plenty of men who are (soft gits) - but politics is all about generalising. Or, it should be. Politics should be dispassionate and based on rational generalisations - not specific emotional responses. It should be about policy, not feelings.
The fact it isn't these days is all down to the political search for the female vote.
I blame the suffragettes.