According to the BBC website:
The chancellor [of the exchequer, Gordon Brown] took his O-levels when he was just 14 and his Highers - the Scottish equivalent of A-levels - the following year. By the time he was 20 he had a first class degree in History from Edinburgh University, where he went on to complete a PhD.
So, not only is Brown extremely bright, and driven, he has a doctorate and could refer to himself as Dr Gordon Brown. So how come I didn't know this previously, but do now? It couldn't be anything to do with the perceived threat to his ambition posed by the doctored John Reid, could it?