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Gordon Brown exposed as another naked politician

When 65 year old pensioner Gillian Duffy had a chat with British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a simple photo-opportunity turned into public relations nightmare.

The PM, forgetting he still had a television radio microphone attached to his suit, got into his limousine only to tell his minders what he really thought of Gillian Duffy.

“Who’s idea was it to put me in front of her? It’s a disaster – ridiculous. The woman’s a bigot.”

At the height of the election campaign British voters got to see the two faces of Gordon Brown exposed – warm and friendly, on camera; angry and disdainful seemingly, off camera.

Voters the world over are very used to their brand of ‘chameleon politicians’ – the ones that change their colour to blend in with the environment they find themselves; thereby avoiding being picked on.

One simple encounter is likely to have sunk British Labor’s election battleship. Gordon, loose lips sink ships!

All Gordon could do to regain a semblance of humanness was to grovel in mortification! He couldn’t stand in front of the cameras and claim the media had got it all wrong or had taken it out of context. BOOM, BOOM – direct hit!

After personally visiting Gillian Duffy to apologise for his off-camera outburst, Gordon fronted the media scrum – “I’ve apologised to Gillian. If you like, I’m a penitent sinner.”

Yes, our politicians are just human beings….but absolute power seems to corrupt that ordinariness absolutely.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Philip Lowe

    April 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    What a silly person Gordon Brown is.Who in their right mind would pick an arguement with a 66 year old grandmother from the north of England.Her kind make guard dogs whimper and retreat.
    Put the kettle on love and let’s have another politician for dinner,Thur’s one cookin’ now.

  2. John

    April 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Another disgusting MP from the ‘old Parties’ Great opportunities to vote Liberal Democrat and Green in Britain. Even better, Mebyon Kernow in Cornwall.

  3. Leonard Colquhoun

    April 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    10. – ?

  4. mike seabrook

    April 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    i cannot understand why there are not more Indonesians or Papuans or pacific islanders coming down to Christmas island, Cape York, Darwin et al.

    are the Australian federal cabinet ministers bigots?

  5. Justa Bloke

    April 29, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Further to my #3, I consider myself a bogan, but not a bigot. I only pass on one of my three criteria.

    Plenty of people who are, shall we say, “lower on the socio-economic scale” do not discriminate on the basis of race and in other respects, too, are far from bigoted. It is much more likely that Leonard’s “clever and credentialled” think of them as bigoted without bothering to get to know them and discover their generosity and inclusiveness. All the bigots I’ve met have been much wealthier than me.

  6. Brad Perchard

    April 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I don’t think Gillian Duffy was necessarily bigoted. She just was concerned about immigrants coming into the U.K. and taking jobs. So if they had come in but not been allowed to take jobs, Gillian would have had no problem with them. The issue here is the poor economy and difficulty with locals getting work when the immigrants are prepared to work much longer hours AND for very little wages, i.e. at a fraction of the cost especially when employed on the black market as immigrants in the UK and USA often are. Imagine how Gillian must feel when her extended family are experiencing considerable economic hardship and domestic stress as a result. If Australia had Indonesians coming in to take jobs from locals, plenty of us would be kicking up a stink just like Gillian. Of course there would be the opportunity for just as many of us to go and take up jobs in Indonesia. That sounds like a fair exchange doesn’t it!

  7. Steve

    April 29, 2010 at 2:58 am

    3; C’mon Justa. Can spell “pinot” and has heard of Shakespeare should mean immediate disqualification from “Bogan of the year”.

  8. Mike Adams

    April 29, 2010 at 2:18 am

    And I suspect that ‘bogans’ are less interested in plonk, and more likely to come under the 49% of functional illiterates, where reading even the Age or the Oz would be a challenge, let alone trying to memorise Shakespeare.

  9. Mike Adams

    April 29, 2010 at 2:15 am

    Brown had to apologise, despite being right. There are proportionally more voting bigots in the U.K. than even in Australia. John Howard is an example of how to capture the bigot vote, and under pressure of events and Abbott, Rudd is following suit. At least he’s doing it early in the piece, unlike Beasley who had to play catch-up at short notice.

  10. tomas

    April 29, 2010 at 1:30 am

    But the woman was a bigot – would have had more credibility not to apologise

  11. Justa Bloke

    April 29, 2010 at 12:58 am

    The woman obviously was a bigot. Bigots may have been the heart of labo(u)r parties, but never their soul.

    A fair definition of a bogan, by the way, is someone who can’t tell the difference between a pinot gris and a pinot grigio, can’t recite more than ten lines of Shakespeare by heart and spends more on cable TV than on books.

  12. Leonard Colquhoun

    April 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    “After personally visiting Gillian Duffy to apologise for his off-camera outburst” – visiting on-camera, of course.

    The key point here that, on what was to be a carefully staged-managed ‘meet & greet’, Brown was angry more at having one of the plebs put in his way, rather than being in any way truly ‘penitent’: modern Labour in Britain, and today’s ALP here, seem to have almost totally forgotten where they came from, and who their main constituency is, or ought to be.

    Another fact is that most of these plebians in the western suburbs of Melbourne and Sydney, and here in places like Gagebrook and Ravenswood, are utterly despised as bogans by the clever and the credentialled who form the core of today’s labour movements. Why, they don’t have a single degree in Appropriate Studies between the lot of ’em.

    And how often do you read the opinion from these clever and credentialled that stuff like Romeo & Juliet, Avogadro’s Law and the Italian Renaissance are quite beyond the younger gen of these areas? They should be doing something ‘relevant’ to their lifestyles – whatever that means. Give ’em muck – shows what they think of them, doesn’t it.

    Lastly, two clear indicators of hypocrisy are in the answers to these questions:

    (i) how many ALP / Labour MPs actually live in their electorates? and

    (ii) how many ALP / Labour MPs actually send their offspring to their local State schools?

  13. R Menzies

    April 28, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    If only Will Hodgman had a Gillian Duffy to blame his ‘loss’ of power on. Poor Will, poor silly Will.
    “who’se idea was it to put Will in front of us. It’s a disaster-ridiculous. The man’s a twit.”

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