Meltdown: Open mic catches British PM calling voter bigoted

posted at 11:32 am on April 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

Not just any voter, either. A lifelong Labour voter. Think of this as the British version of Obama’s tete-a-tete with Joe the Plumber, except more so: Not only has the media gone berserk over the electoral game-changer potential, but the topic (immigration!) is more hot-button and it’s rounded off by a sneering, surreptitious personal insult. Even better? The final debate between the PM candidates is tomorrow night, so groveling on national television is very much on tap. I’m giving you the full exchange in the first clip below — the “bigoted” part comes at the end as Brown’s car is speeding away — but here’s the transcript in case you can’t make it out:

Duffy: We had it drummed in when I was a child with mine … it was education, health service and looking after the people who are vulnerable. But there’s too many people now who are vulnerable but they can claim and people who are vulnerable can’t get claim, can’t get it.

Brown: But they shouldn’t be doing that, there is no life on the dole for people any more. If you are unemployed you’ve got to go back to work. It’s six months.

Duffy: You can’t say anything about the immigrants because you’re saying that you’re … but all these eastern European what are coming in, where are they flocking from?

And then, in the car:

Aide: I’m not sure if they [the media] will go with that.

Brown: They will go with that.

Aide: What did she say?

Brown: Oh everything, she was just a sort of bigoted woman. She said she used be Labour. I mean it’s just ridiculous.

Brown apologized, first by kinda sorta blaming an aide and then, as you’ll see in the second clip, by phoning Duffy, but the damage is done. If you’re not up for three videos, at least make time for the last one, in which Duffy reacts — live, on camera — to the audio of his insult. The look on her face is pure spun gold. Quote:

“He is an educated person. Why is he using words like that?” Duffy said. “He is going to lead this country and he’s calling an ordinary woman who has just come up and asked him questions that most people would ask him … a bigot.”

A “very upset” Duffy added that Brown’s comments had cost him her vote.

Exit question for British readers: Aren’t there any media outlets and/or Labour backbenchers available to smear the hoi polloi on Brown’s behalf? That’s how we handle things in the U.S. of A when those pesky “teabaggers” make life difficult for Obama. Say what you will about The One, he’s at least smart enough to let his surrogates handle the feces-throwing. Especially when there are mics around.


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Why would there be any need for a (presumably) intelligent man to be reduced to muttering to an aide like a bag lady argues with her cat?

Whenever a liberal says the word “bigot,” it means precisely the same thing a three-year-old means when he calls someone a “poopie head.” Nothing more than that, and nothing less than that.

logis on April 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Well put!

disa on April 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM

If the British were smart about border security, they would put something like a moat around the entire country.

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

*snort* You mean like the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea, The English Channel and the Irish Sea??

I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself. This made me giggle.

Love ya YYZ, mean it. :)

tickleddragon on April 28, 2010 at 3:35 PM

At least Brown didn’t say he wanted to “share the wealth”…

I think we’ve seen the UK equivalent of “Joe the Plumber”.

JohnBG on April 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM

I only watched the last video, but I loved that she actually sat and thoughtfully listened to the audio and stated that she didn’t hear the word bigot at first. She was giving the whole thing a fair shake.

WaltzingMtilda on April 28, 2010 at 4:14 PM

One thing that some of you don’t understand is how real anti-Polish sentiment is in the UK. Sometimes it leads to violent attacks:

Magda, pregnant, is called a “Polish cow” then beaten and has a Doberman set on her in a park in Glasgow. The woman and her sister are attached by two young thugs armed with cans of beer and dogs. They launched themselves on the women when they heard her speaking in Polish, beating her with their fists and kicking her. They were chased away by Artur Boruc, the goalkeeper for Celtic, who ran to them after hearing them crying and screaming.

year_of_the_dingo on April 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Umm ???

Profile of Gillian Duffy, the voter PM called ‘bigoted’

Mrs Duffy told the prime minister her father had even sung the traditional socialist song “The Red Flag” when he was a teenager.

William Amos on April 28, 2010 at 5:00 PM

… British PM calling voter bigoted

That’s easy for you to say, haggis breath.

ya2daup on April 28, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Mr Brown subsequently visited Mrs Duffy at her home in Rochdale to apologise in person.
Upon leaving after 45 minutes, he told waiting reporters: “I have given her my sincere apologies.”

45 minutes with Gordon Brown? Hasn’t the poor woman suffered enough?

halfastro on April 28, 2010 at 7:33 PM

You have to hear the entire five minutes he spends with her. He pours it on thick – tell me about the grandchildren, what are their names, are they going to college. Then immediately after he leaves her there’s the (figurative) eye roll: “ridiculous, wasting time with that woman, what a disaster!”. And then he calls her a bigot.

What a pathetic phony elitist swine Gordon Brown is. And she is a very loyal, very committed labour constituent. Old Gordy had his “Lonesome Rhoades” moment. He obviously looks down on her. He, after all, is said to be one of the brainiest politicians in the UK, ever. Genius level IQ.

No doubt Cameron, Clegg and the rest of the political class are equally contemptuous of this dependent class of people. Heck, I can’t say I’m a big fan of her attitude – “those Poles are eating into my handout”.

And of course, Mrs. Duffy, is going to come out of the 45 minute meeting supporting him. No different from the John Murtha constituents called bigots by him who overwhelmingly re-elected him. You can kick them around however you like, just don’t take them off the dole.

chris999 on April 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM

Aren’t there any media outlets and/or Labour backbenchers available to smear the hoi polloi on Brown’s behalf?

Media Outlets: Perhaps the Guardian and the BBC. But they mostly commit sins of omission (rather than commission). The only Labour backbencher worth voting for is Frank Field, who was on to how immigration was destroying the white working class sometime ago.
It boils down to this: the internationalist Marxists are deeply disappointed with the working classes for not living up to the socialist dream so they’ve turned their lurve to the 3rd world instead — are you a no-hoper POS 3rd-world dross who feels the world owes you a living? Jump on a plane, boat or automobile to Europe and we’ll give you a house, benefits, better healthcare than your government enjoys and free schooling for your 48 children! Can’t say fairer than that now, can we? Something to do with slavery, don’t know what….

Fortunata on April 28, 2010 at 8:48 PM

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