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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“Game change?”

Don’t think so… this guy didn’t have a chance. More like “nail in the coffin”.

Skywise on April 28, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Welcome to the British Tea Party, Mrs. Duffy.

unclesmrgol on April 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM

So in the UK its bad to call out someone as a bigot?

Neo on April 28, 2010 at 11:36 AM

This is very important to understand. Those that think your motivations are always evil, in their world view, have no compunction about labeling your opinions to conform with their opinion of you.

It is funny that you posted the article about Pentecostal Christians shutting off their minds when it came to the authority of faith healers. All humans are susceptible to the commands of authority whether that authority is a person or an ideology.

Bill C on April 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

“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.”

Why, I do believe that she sounds like millions of conservatives in the US who are denigrated and dismissed as simply bigoted on a routine if not daily basis.

Welcome to the party, Duffy.

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Bambi’s time for stepping in it is coming. TOTUS will be hung over and suddenly the GAFFE will strike.

fiatboomer on April 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

The above mentioned article.

I would add that it seems that intelligence does not protect against this weakness.

Bill C on April 28, 2010 at 11:38 AM

He can’t be replaced soon enough for any number of reasons.

If you have any sense of national identity left – well you are a bigot. I know English folks, that don’t like to be called British let alone European. Jingoistic, Nativitist, let’s get it on…why does no one ever mention “Sovereignty” They don’t want you to think that your government has any real responsibilities, to look out after their citizens, the corporations and bankers, wouldn’t like you to be reminded it get’s in their way of selling you cheap defective Chinese products. Consume – Consumers otherwise what good are you to anyone?

Dr Evil on April 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Say what you will about The One, he’s at least smart enough to let his surrogates handle the feces-throwing.

Like when he calls us bitter clingers?

JohnJ on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

This is the problem with Labour and Liberal democrats parties. They advocate that they are for border control, yet Brown’s record proves otherwise, and Clegg is for amnesty which is even worse than Labour.

Tory party is an unknown on this issue. They are for border security and legal immigration, and a cap on how many immigrants can come to Britain yearly.

The UKIP party is basically for zero immigration because of the Islamization of England and the loss of autonomy.

Because of this incident with Ms. Duffy, the British public who are concerned with immigration may take a second look at UKIP or Tory party.

cubachi on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

This could never happen in the USA.

In the UK the press is adversarial.

The press in the US is a PR firm for the administration and Obama.

tetriskid on April 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Welcome to the party, Duffy.

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

There are no conservative bigots in America. Really.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

She’s in there haggling for a Winter Allowance, bus passes, the National Health Service and pensions… do you see what the nanny state reduces us to? do you see this?

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Brown apologized, first by kinda sorta blaming an aide and then, as you’ll see in the second clip, by phoning Duffy,

Well, it went a fair bit beyond that. Brown spent 45 minutes inside her house this afternoon, grovelling in her living room. Honest!

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Say what you will about The One, he’s at least smart enough to let his surrogates handle the feces-throwing.
Like when he calls us bitter clingers?

JohnJ on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

… or ‘the police acted stupidly’, or…

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 11:43 AM

There are no conservative bigots in America. Really.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

many of which are unfairly castigated as bigoted or racist

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

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

Answer to your exit question:

There is simply no equivalent to US conservative talk radio in the UK.

Frankly, I believe that explains about half of their problems over there.

fivefeetoffury on April 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

grants, more than ever before…gender politics…and he’s all about “helping people”….

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

The press in the US is a PR firm for the administration and Obama.

tetriskid on April 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Name three reporters you consider to be biased and support your statement with citations.

I can do this exercise for you if you’d like to make the point of liberal media bias. Funny, I doubt you could.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I heard this earlier today. It is so funny. Fat mouthe liberals call anyone with a challenge t gubment policies are bigots.

He also take the liberal meme in that Gorddy said she should have notbeen allowed to speak with him. If you don’t aggree, you should be sequestered from contact..

seven on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Are there message boards popping up in Britain with Miss me yet and Blair’s likeness on them?

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Name three reporters you consider to be biased and support your statement with citations.

I can do this exercise for you if you’d like to make the point of liberal media bias. Funny, I doubt you could.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Are you joking?

tetriskid on April 28, 2010 at 11:47 AM

There are no conservative bigots in America. Really.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Wow, you know what? That’s exactly what I said, right? You’re observation and critical thinking skills are amazing!

Now, don’t you have a kindergarten nap to get back to? ;)

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

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?

The Independent and the Guardian might give it a go, but Brown seems to be losing the lefty papers, and even seems to have lost the BBC. Clegg and the Lib Dems are flavour of the month for the left – Clegg is to the left of Labour on crime and other social issues, and most notably on immigration.

I’m no fan of Brown but I do feel sorry for him – who hasn’t said something, thinking it was in confidence, that they wouldn’t say out loud? I know there are different rules for politicians, but it makes me sick to see Clegg jumping on this, when he clearly thinks that Mrs Duffy, and everyone who thinks like her, are bigots for not signing on to the pan-European multi-culti dream.

Meanwhile, I’m torn between wanting Cameron to pull out an overall victory with his brand of conservatism lite, and ending up with hung parliament held together by Labour and Lib Dem deal making – such a pact would likely lead to paralysis and head off any economic recovery, and if the coalition falls apart a more confident and assertive Conservative party could win the next election handily.

EnglishMike on April 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Ohmigosh….Brown just had his Joe the Plumber moment. He was condescending, pandering, offering nothing but platitudes and more of the “look what we’ve done for you” and then turns around and calls her a bigot after she rightfully, properly and respectfully confronted him with her concerns as a Brit.

We the People of the United States know how you feel ma’am.

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:49 AM

I hope I’m the first to say it…..
.
“You’d think she’d be thanking me…”

/Brown

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

The Prime Minister certainly put his foot in his mouth, and I suspect he’s chewed it off this time. Ms. Duffy’s obvious shock, horror, and anger at his two-faced behavior and sneering insult are very palpable. The Labour party was unlikely to win outright in this election, but he may have pushed them down a point or two.

Jill1066 on April 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Holy Sirens Batman—AP, it’s the siren on drudge, no red font but Spain now downgraded like Greece.

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

That oughta hold the little bastards.

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 11:51 AM

He must be consulting with Lindsay “We’re gonna tell the bigots to shut up” Graham.

Scrutineer on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

The Sadness of the situation is that Brown’s soliloquy could just as easily been made by the present President of the United States.

CynicalOptimist on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

I hope I’m the first to say it…..
.
“You’d think she’d be thanking me…”

/Brown

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

lol

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Because of this incident with Ms. Duffy, the British public who are concerned with immigration may take a second look at UKIP or Tory party.

cubachi on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

From your keyboard to God’s ears.

EnglishMike on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

OT: You want a “meltdown”…Spains credit rating just lowered… http://www.marketwatch.com/story/spain-etf-dives-after-sp-downgrade-2010-04-28

Goodbye Eurozone…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

I can do this exercise for you if you’d like to make the point of liberal media bias. Funny, I doubt you could.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Um … you could feasibly do that without even leaving Hot Air. Hell, introduce Ace of Spades and Patterico and you could write a book on the topic by itself. What exactly, are you getting at?

And on another note, I can’t see an older British woman without seeing one of the Python troupe in drag.

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

She’s being oppressed! She’s being oppressed! Come see the violence inherent in the system!

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

It depends what Duffy meant by eastern Europeans, and where they were “flocking from”. If she meant Poland and the Czech Republic, some might go “flocking back” for lower taxes than the UK. But what if she meant Turkey, for which some people support membership in the European Union?

Of course, Brown never stopped to find out, but just assumed that Duffy was a “bigoted woman”.

Brown is probably toast this election anyway. The crucial question is whether the Tories can get a majority, or will there be divided government with a coalition with the Liberal Democrats, and with whom they will form a coalition. The United Kingdom could become an ungovernable mess after this eletion…

Steve Z on April 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

“You’d think she’d be thanking me…”

/Brown

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Heh.

Abby Adams on April 28, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Duffy for Prime Minister!

Lothar on April 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

where’s the MSM with their soon-to-be-released video of Mrs. Duffy smearing refried beans on the windows of the AZ state capitol in the shape of swastikas….?

I’m sure it’s there…if it ain’t, well, I’m sure she thought about it../msm

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Aren’t all native Brits, like all nativist Americans, bigots?

Both countries need to be swallowed into the oblivion of unrestrained unfriendly immigration.

That’ll learn them bigots.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Incidentally, a lot of you are making the (understandable) mistake of calling Brown a liberal. He isn’t, certainly not in the classical sense and not even in the modern US sense. He’s a statist, a corporatist and a union man through and through, with a strong streak of diapproving Scots presbyterianism. He’s also relatively strong on law and order, and is constantly accused by the left of infringing on civil liberties. And, policy failures aside he’s been reasonably sensible on Iraq and Afghanistan.

Clegg is the lefty-liberal in this race, and so far he’s succeeded in fooling an awful lot of people.

EnglishMike on April 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

From your keyboard to God’s ears.

EnglishMike on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

I hope so. Immigration is a huge issue in Britain as it is in US. The only party who is really strong on this issue is UKIP. But in reality, Tory is the only party who can win the PM post. So Cameron better wake up to reality and deal with this issue as it must be dealt with. Or by next election, UKIP will show up huge. I really like UKIP’s positions so that’s a win.

cubachi on April 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Both countries need to be swallowed into the oblivion of unrestrained unfriendly immigration.

That’ll learn them bigots.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

you forgot /obama

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

UK Conservatives (Tories) are moderate Dems at best by US standards. UKIP would have more in common with a tea party outlook. But they have no chance, and the far left Lib-Dems have benefitted the most from the debates. The UK and Europe will wake up one day. Just hope it’s not how they usually do – with a war.

brak on April 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

OT: You want a “meltdown”…Spains credit rating just lowered… http://www.marketwatch.com/story/spain-etf-dives-after-sp-downgrade-2010-04-28

Goodbye Eurozone…

PatriotRider on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Bring it on! Clegg is also hot on Britain signing up to the Euro.

EnglishMike on April 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

She’s complained about Eastern European (i.e. “the region that is safe to complain about”) immigration, and he called HER a bigot? The undercurrent in England is anti-Islam immigration, and if he can’t even bring himself to agree with this lady, then Labor is seriously, SERIOUSLY out of touch. He may have got some points with the left for calling this woman a bigot, but he just sent the right-leaning Labour supporters towards the conservatives (and possibly even the BNP). Good job! And I mean it :)

AlexB on April 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

If you want an indication of how bad this is for Brown and Labour, he deviated from his schedule to spend almost 45 minutes at Mrs. Duffy’s house apologizing to her. That’s a very long time to take out of a carefully orchestrated campaign schedule with a week left in the election.

Red Cloud on April 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

She’s being oppressed! She’s being oppressed! Come see the violence inherent in the system!

Repressed.

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Oh Christ. His walking straight in nonchalantly and then suddenly turning around well after someone mentioned the “bigot” comment was excruciating. What a dope.

MadisonConservative on April 28, 2010 at 12:03 PM

So Cameron better wake up to reality and deal with this issue as it must be dealt with. Or by next election, UKIP will show up huge. I really like UKIP’s positions so that’s a win.

cubachi on April 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

One positive thing that could come from a hung parliament is that the Lib Dems would insist on electoral reform – ie some kind of PR. This would benefit them, but also other small parties such as UKIP, and they’d certainly side with the Tories.

A large majority of the British people are unhappy about immigration (and Europe). So far they’ve been largely ignored, but under a PR system that would have to change.

EnglishMike on April 28, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Repressed.

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

That’s what I thought, but I was not sure.

Johnnyreb on April 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Say what you will about The One, he’s at least smart enough to let his surrogates handle the feces-throwing.

Yes, he’s a political genius:

You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 12:04 PM

So where’s the daily Charlie Crist Meltdown thread?

There’s only one day left before his big mystery decision. Surely there’s time enough left to continue peeling the orange.

SlaveDog on April 28, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Name three reporters you consider to be biased and support your statement with citations.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Mark Halperin (Cit.)

Andrea Mitchell (Cit.)

Helen Thomas (Cit.)

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Both countries need to be swallowed into the oblivion of unrestrained unfriendly immigration.

That’ll learn them bigots.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM
you forgot /obama

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Are you suggesting that Obama is like Brown?

What a crypto-bigoted thing to imply!

Obama is brown, eh?

Racist!

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

I can do this exercise for you if you’d like to make the point of liberal media bias. Funny, I doubt you could.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Why are you being so antagonistic here? You know that conservatives are often accused of being bigots without merit (as you already admitted), and you’re even admitting here that you yourself can prove this claim.

Are you just in a bad mood?

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 12:11 PM

damn, do I need to attend the mandatory sensitivity classes now?//

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

And the woman says she’s not going to vote after hearing that? Uh, how about vote to get out of office?

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

And the woman says she’s not going to vote after hearing that? Uh, how about vote to get out of office?

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:17 PM

She doesn’t support the other party. Besides, she changed her mind after he personally apologized.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

She doesn’t support the other party. Besides, she changed her mind after he personally apologized.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Huh? She’s going to vote for him? That’s nuts.

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Brown would have lost less votes if he had just punched Grandma Duffy in the face and kicked her while she was on the ground doubled over in pain.

What an idiot.

Bye Bye Brownie.

portlandon on April 28, 2010 at 12:24 PM

She doesn’t support the other party. Besides, she changed her mind after he personally apologized.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM

I’m a Republican but if a Republican politician had insulted me as bad as Brown did to this lady…..I guarantee you I would consider voting for the other guy to get the jerk out.

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

You’re doing a heckava job Brownie…

TheBigOldDog on April 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Brown is such a big-headed dingleberry.

Emily M. on April 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Welcome to Britain, where you can insult people and still get their vote as long as you promise more welfare.

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Going on about ‘eastern europeans’ while still demanding a proper welfare state? Looks like a BNP plant to me! :D

In all seriousness though, Gordon Brown seems to have just let go. Every day brings worse news for Labour, and maybe the thought of having Clegg play kingmaker has just driven him to the point where he just no longer gives a damn. Not that he ever appeared to give a damn, but hey, at least now he’s letting loose.

ernesto on April 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Huh? She’s going to vote for him? That’s nuts.

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Well, they supposedly spoke for nearly an hour, and she’s a lifelong supporter of the party. If a Republican I mostly supported insulted me but then spoke with me personally at length to apologize, I might do the same, especially considering voting against Republicans or staying home would only hurt me more than voting GOP anyway.

That said, he can’t personally meet with everyone offended by his comment and will likely lose a lot of support over it.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

I’m a Republican but if a Republican politician had insulted me as bad as Brown did to this lady…..I guarantee you I would consider voting for the other guy to get the jerk out.

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

So you’d even help vote in Obama for four more years out of personal spite?

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

I might do the same, especially considering voting against Republicans or staying home would only hurt me more than voting GOP anyway.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Except that the British left has another viable left-wing party, the Liberal Democrats. We don’t have another viable right-wing party. It’s Republicans or Democrats.

In fact, the Liberal Democrats are, from my understanding, further to the left than Labour. So it’d be like you voting for an extremely viable conservative candidate over a Republican candidate.

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

So you’d even help vote in Obama for four more years out of personal spite?

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

If the Republican candidate were a complete jerk and would probably do more harm than good…..why would I want to vote for that person?

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

So entertaining when a \”man of the people\” shows how much he holds the \”people\” in contempt.

Socratease on April 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Mark Halperin (Cit.)

Andrea Mitchell (Cit.)

Helen Thomas (Cit.)

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM

Nicely Done! Waiting for a response from the Wussy Child (I mean The Race Card)…

yubley on April 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

In fact, the Liberal Democrats are, from my understanding, further to the left than Labour. So it’d be like you voting for an extremely viable conservative candidate over a Republican candidate.

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

That assumes she wants a more liberal politician in power. There are plenty of centrists out there.

If the Republican candidate were a complete jerk and would probably do more harm than good…..why would I want to vote for that person?

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:32 PM

Just because he’s insulted you, it doesn’t mean he’d do more harm than good for the rest of the country. What we’re talking about is a woman who was a full Brown supporter and who otherwise believed he was good for the country but was personally insulted.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

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

Once upon a time, Gorgeous George Galloway. I don’t imagine either of the Milibands popping up to defend this if they want to seize the reins later. Given they are descended from Polish Jews there might be a little irony in the idea.

Per Mrs. Duffy’s comment, it’s worth noting that Eastern Europeans in Britain are overwhelmingly legal arrivals from EU states. Bar certain restrictions they are free to work and reside in the UK, or any other EU country. As someone else already noted, this isn’t particularly controversial for most Britons.

Grunchy Cranola on April 28, 2010 at 12:37 PM

What we’re talking about is a woman who was a full Brown supporter and who otherwise believed he was good for the country but was personally insulted.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

Are you sure she was a full Brown supporter? She sounded really skeptical about him from the beginning….why do you think he was pissed?

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

Are you sure she was a full Brown supporter? She sounded really skeptical about him from the beginning….why do you think he was pissed?

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

She was skeptical, but she’d already said she was voting for him before and immediately after the exchange.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Nicely Done! Waiting for a response from the Wussy Child (I mean The Race Card)…

yubley on April 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Race Card wasn’t saying that no citations could be found. He was claiming that tetriskid wouldn’t be able to find them. He admitted that finding the citations wouldn’t be a problem and that even he’d be able to find them.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Oh, I cannot imagine the scandal if the open mic also caught the Honourable John D. Cuthbert-Grigsby, Minister of Parliamentary Procedures whispering in Brown’s ear that this is “a rather large fornicating affair.”

ScottMcC on April 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM

She was skeptical, but she’d already said she was voting for him before and immediately after the exchange.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Did not hear that part. Then it was pretty pathetic for Brown to get pissy about someone who said she was going to vote for his party.

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Just when UKIP is needed most, they are dropping the ball. My husband has been exchanging emails with the local UKIP candidate, who admits they haven’t been putting much effort in this time around. We couldn’t even wangle a yard poster out of them; they have a .pdf online that you’re supposed to print out on your home printer. Great.

And he heard their leader, Lord Pearson, on the radio the other day and said he was a dreadful spokesman. Not sure where his vote is going now.

S. Weasel on April 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Did not hear that part. Then it was pretty pathetic for Brown to get pissy about someone who said she was going to vote for his party.

terryannonline on April 28, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Agreed. He deserves to lose whatever support he does because of this.

Esthier on April 28, 2010 at 12:53 PM

There are no conservative bigots in America. Really.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:42 AM
many of which are unfairly castigated as bigoted or racist

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:44 AM

You’re going to need an intervention.

katy the mean old lady on April 28, 2010 at 12:58 PM

I can’t stop laughing at Robert Mackey, the first reporter linked to by Allah above. Even by New York Times standards, his sad attempt to cover for Brown’s screwup (by adding an “Oh, Cameron had an unpleasant discussion with a voter too!” line) was pathetically transparent.

Earth to Mackey: Not being a liberal, Cameron didn’t call that voter a bigot 20 seconds later. There’s a difference.

The Lone Platypus on April 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

Because of this incident with Ms. Duffy, the British public who are concerned with immigration may take a second look at UKIP or Tory party.

cubachi on April 28, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Don’t be too sure about that, this is our X-Factor/Pop Idol election, with way too many moronic Brits voting for the wacky LibDems mostly off the back of a solitary TV debate.

The Socialist LibDems are for scrapping the pound, unlimited immigration and the EU superstate. Yet they’re polling a close 2nd behind the Conservatives.

mudskipper on April 28, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Scrutineer on April 28, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Backdoor John McCain wishes he could have called a Border Security first voter a bigot to their face back in 2007; instead, we just got insulted en masse; of course, stupid as we are, instead of ostracizing him, we rewarded him by nominating him for President. Gotta love the GOP and those that will support whatever garbarge they put forward.

austinnelly on April 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Name three reporters you consider to be biased and support your statement with citations.

I can do this exercise for you if you’d like to make the point of liberal media bias. Funny, I doubt you could.

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Jon Stewart.
Dan Rather.
Charles Gibson.

Skywise on April 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

Remember, this is all hot on the heels of the recent revelation that the Liebour government conspired to open the immigration floodgates in order to deliberately change the racial make up of Britain and “stick it to the right,” according to leaked documents. The Brits are already pretty bloody angry about that. I was and still am furious.

Sharke on April 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Jon Stewart.
Dan Rather.
Charles Gibson.

You consider Jon Stewart a reporter?

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Duffy for Prime Minister!

Lothar on April 28, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Why? She’s mainly interested in getting handouts from the government, she just doesn’t want the Eastern Europeans to get any. She doesn’t give a **** about the people who have to pay for it.

PackerBronco on April 28, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Meh.

Obama effectively called the entire state of Arizona racist, so…

catmman on April 28, 2010 at 2:02 PM

Think about this: If a person were REALLY a bigot, then wouldn’t it be ridiculously simple to destroy her argument in a public forum? 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.

Someone who makes decisions based solely on emotions only has one fundamental response to everyone who disagrees with him: “You hurt me!” Older liberals may have a hundred different ways to express that sentiment, but they all mean exactly the same thing.

logis on April 28, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Repressed.

YYZ on April 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

/wrists

TheUnrepentantGeek on April 28, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Say what you will about The One, he’s at least smart enough to let his surrogates handle the feces-throwing.

Huh. Most of the time, yes, but hardly all the time, and it’s starting to accumulate.

MB4 on April 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

It’s hard to condemn the ‘Eastern Europeans’ being here when a great number of British are overthere buying their properties and making money.
This immigration is different to asylum seekers practically swimming here from the middle east.

It’s that can of worms that BNP recruit’s voters.Mostly reporting that we should be able to discuss this without being called a racist or bigot.

It may not have any bearing on the election.This is quite mild,our deputy prime minister John Prescott punched a protester for the crime of having a bad mullet.
Watch and enjoy,could you imagine any U.S politician doing this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBqfuUiBpXs

mags on April 28, 2010 at 2:38 PM

The Race Card on April 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Daily examples. Do your own research.
1. http://newsbusters.org/
2. http://www.aim.org/
3. http://www.bernardgoldberg.com/

chimney sweep on April 28, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Hecan’t be replaced soon enough for any number of reasons.

If you have any sense of national identity left – well you are a bigot. I know English folks, that don’t like to be called British let alone European. Jingoistic, Nativitist, let’s get it on…why does no one ever mention “Sovereignty” They don’t want you to think that your government has any real responsibilities, to look out after their citizens, the corporations and bankers, wouldn’t like you to be reminded it get’s in their way of selling you cheap defective Chinese products. Consume – Consumers otherwise what good are you to anyone?

Dr Evil on April 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Dr. Evil, they’re preparing for the borderless One-World Government, as is Obama. Hence the deliberate grounding of the US economy, the denial of American exceptionalism (with world-wide apology tour), and the non-enforcement of border security.

Obama wants to be president of the world. Mark my words. He is a total Marxist and the world is a class struggle for him. National sovereignty? He spits on it.

disa on April 28, 2010 at 3:07 PM

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