ELECTIONS have been lost over incidents such as this week’s Bigot-gate.
But if Mr Brown’s comments about a Rochdale resident do lose him votes it should be because he went into denial and did that politician thing, saying ‘I didn’t mean it.’
Of course he meant what he said. In fact, having seen the way that Mrs Duffy behaved, I’m only surprised that he didn’t use stronger language.
Clearly the pensioner thought that this was her opportunity to shout about everything that she perceives is wrong with broken Britain – from the failings of the health service to Eastern European immigrants. Unfortunately, she never gave the PM an opportunity to reply and simply shouted over the top of what he was trying to say.
Mrs Duffy, in my view, was rude and Mr Brown, because he is fighting an election, attempted to be polite (until he thought no-one was listening except his aides).
My sympathies would have been entirely with Mr Brown had he held his hands up afterwards and said: “I’m sorry my comments caused offence but I stand by what I said. Eastern Europeans are not to blame for all society’s ills and it’s wrong that someone should shout this at me without giving me the chance to reply.”
Instead he has tried to wheedle his way out of it, which, perhaps, highlights exactly what’s wrong with politics and politicians. They say one thing while believing another.
I’m sure that Mr Brown rues what he said, but only because it has got him into trouble, not because he believes he was wrong.