Move over Joe the Plumber…there’s a new voice of the people! UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown shows once again how a career politician just can’t go toe-to-toe with regular folk.
BLUNDERING Gordon Brown has been caught on microphone calling a voter a “bigot”.
The Prime Minister was heard describing an exchange he had just had with lifelong Labour supporter Gillian Duffy, 65 — on the campaign trail in Rochdale, Lancs, today — as a “disaster”.
He made the comments as he got into his car after speaking to Mrs Duffy — not realising that he still had the Sky News mic pinned to his shirt.
He told an aide: “That was a disaster – they should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? It’s just ridiculous.”
She tackled him on a series of issues including the national debt, taxes, student financing and immigration.
Mrs Duffy, a widow, said she was “very disappointed” with Mr Brown’s remarks.
After hearing what the Prime Minister had said about her, she said it was “very upsetting”.
She added: “He’s an educated person, why has he come out with words like that?
“He’s supposed to lead this country and he’s calling an ordinary woman who’s just come up and asked questions what most people would ask him – he’s not doing anything about the national debt and it’s going to be tax, tax, tax for another 20 years to get out of this mess – and he’s calling me a bigot.”
Of course the first thing that gets me – having worked in video production my whole career – is how a trained politician can be so careless around microphones. When you’re miked up, you have to go into a different mode that doesn’t end when the interview is over, it ends when you see the microphone being completely removed from your person. Politics 101 people!
Now to the heart of the matter.
Mr Brown’s unguarded comments were made after the pensioner quizzed him about immigration claiming it was a taboo subject.
During their exchange in the street, Mrs Duffy told the Prime Minister: “You can’t say anything about immigrants.”
She added: “All these eastern Europeans – where are they coming from?”
Mr Brown said a million people had come from Europe but another million Britons had moved the other way.
Mrs Duffy also complained about people on benefits.
She said: “There are too many who aren’t vulnerable and they can claim, and people who are vulnerable can’t get claims – can’t get it.”
Mr Brown said: “But they shouldn’t be doing that. There is no life on the dole for people any more.”
As he went to leave, the Prime Minister shook her hand and told her: “Very nice to meet you, very nice to meet you.”
Amen, sister! You can’t say anything about immigrants in this country either without being called a bigot. Our president gives us pretty much the same treatment.
MORE: Video of Mrs. Duffy receiving the news she is a bigot. Allahpundit calls the look on her face “pure-spun gold.” I completely agree.