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By Jenni Frazer
April 28, 2010
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On how long it will be before Rochdale pensioner Gillian Duffy sells the inside story of her unfortunate encounter with the Prime Minister to The Sun...
According to the Sky News website, Mrs Duffy said she was "very upset" to have been described by Gordon Brown as a "bigoted woman," and appeared to accuse the Prime Minister of over-education "in using words like that." Perhaps he should have put an adjective in front.

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Jenni Frazer

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 12:42

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UPDATE: For once, let us all acknowledge that Brown's is a mistake that any of us could have made - when we put a phone down not quite fast enough, and mutter about the caller, or send the wrong email to the wrong person. The problem here seems to be that Brown has been bullied into issuing an apology for nothing. He genuinely took exception to the woman's views and if he had only challenged her, instead of issuing that dreadful rictus grin and saying it was good to meet her, we might be looking at a different story. As it is, we are witnessing what one of my colleagues calls "comedy gold", but in my opinion is deeply distressing. Frankly, it could have happened to Cameron or Clegg, easily enough. It is really naive to suggest that their views on the stump are identical to what they, too, say when the cameras or the microphones are off.


mattpryor

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 13:04

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I disagree Jenni.

I can't think of anything that would better symbolise this government's general contempt of the British public.


Jenni Frazer

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 13:44

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What do you disagree with? The fact that he made a mistake that any of us could have made? The fact that Cameron and Clegg could so easily have done the same?


Jenni Frazer

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 14:03

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UPDATE 2: Wheels are rapidly coming off here. Halfway down the motorway, some bright spark thought it was a good idea if Gordon went back to Mrs Duffy's house to apologise in person. So up her path he strode, glowering grimly. Good grief, Gordon. Be a man. Can you imagine the earful he is going to get from Sarah tonight? And the one he has already had from Mandy?


mattpryor

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 14:10

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You are assuming that Clegg and Cameron hold people's opinions in equally low regard (even their own supporters), are equally as two-faced and equally quick to blame others for their failings and stupidity.

Since only Brown has provided clear evidence of such characteristics I think you're indulging in a bit of speculation wrt the other two.

Also, it seems to me that while Cameron embraces public debate, Brown is terrified of it. That's the impression I get anyway, perhaps I'm mistaken?


Jenni Frazer

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 14:23

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Matt: Yes, I agree with your first para.
UPDATE3: Gordon, come out of the woman's house already...


mattpryor

Wed, 04/28/2010 - 14:30

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Touché Jenni :)

I'd love to be a fly on the wall...

Has he remembered to turn his mic off?!

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