Poor Gordon Brown; he doesn’t have the luxury of being able to tell a member of the public how wrong and misinformed they are; he is the Prime Minister and he is seeking re election so he has to humor folk and gently nudge them into seeing a different point of view with very limited time; which is what he was doing with Mrs. Duffy yesterday when he gently reminded her that lots of British people leave here to work and live abroad just like those who come here to work and live, there is no difference. Unfortunately Mrs. Duffy does not arrive at her conclusion that immigration is to blame for society’s ills from reasoned discussion and diligent study and research, the Sun and Sky TV do that for her and many others. Mrs. Duffy is not a bad person quite the contrary and I would wager that a lengthy discussion with her where reasonable explanations about immigration and other matters which the Sun and Sky TV lie about were put forward she would emerge as a nice reasonable non bigoted person; I’m quite sure her remarks on immigration drew those comments from Gordon Brown because of the frustration he feels at not having the time to spend with her and the anger at what the media do to manipulate public opinion hence the “bigoted woman” quote. He might have added ‘if only we could explain and get her to understand’ but of course the media had got what they were after by then.
I have personally been in a couple of situations where I exercised that luxury of telling people in no uncertain terms where to go and to take their vote with them; these were occasions when people had accosted me at public meetings demanding that I join them in their fight to prevent someone; less fortunate than themselves; people with learning difficulties it was from moving into their neighborhood. On both occasions I tried at some length to reason with them and eventually decided that I really didn’t want the votes of such people; and yes it was a great feeling; a liberating experience to tell them what I thought of them and boy did I relish it; the PM can’t do that which is a shame and I'm absolutely positive that he would never include Mrs. Duffy in such company; I spent lots of time arguing with them the PM had a few minutes. I can’t imagine that there are many elected representatives who have not gone through what he went through yesterday most of course without microphones attached to them.
Mrs. Duffy appears to have done the right thing by calling a truce and accepted the PM’s apology. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone then; we have all been there. I think it’s important to keep the matter in proportion and get on with the serious business of running the country; the PM’s lapse was unfortunate and he will be regretting it more than anyone; but it does not carry the same weight as the real big issues facing the country no matter how much the right wing media try to get it to grow.
Considering the events of the past couple of years of his premiership it is remarkable that he is still standing; most people would have crumbled by now; he is in fact a remarkably resilient man, a man whom I conclude has survived because of his unshakeable belief in what he believes in; his commitment to do what he believes to be right is what sustains him. The onslaught which has surrounded him has been nonstop and personally vindictive his courage and dignity are quite inspiring. I don’t believe that Clegg or Cameron would have lasted 6 months under such pressure but then again they wouldn’t have had to would they? Who springs to mind when you think about campaigns by the media to destroy someone involved in politics? Try this list and add your own if you want.
Tony Benn – Arthur Scargill – Ken Livingstone – George Galloway – Neil Kinnock – Michael Foot and many more all the way back to Harold Wilson who was accused by the media of being a Russian spy; do you spot the pattern? Gordon Brown has a temper and can swear as well as chuck things about the place when he is frustrated; if you swap the name Brown for Churchill you have a very similar man notwithstanding Winston being a serial drunk of course, why is Churchill allowed these character defects and Brown isn’t? think about that when you think about voting. Brown is a great statesman and would have been in any era; his two opponents are political pygmies compared to him, he is the man temper and all.