Friday, 30 April 2010

To err is human, and it makes Elections interesting

Really sorry to dash in and out, but I have had a bit of a hectic day, and I want to watch the Leadership Debate at 8.30pm. Oh yes, only two weeks to go before the UK's general election, and the televised spats between the leaders of the political parties has really injected some life into the proceedings.

And it seems as though this evening's debate will be even more lively, quite simply because Gordon Brown cocked-up spectacularly yesterday.

He was on the campaign trail when he had a face-to-face encounter with a voter called Gillian Duffy. After being subjected to a barrage of difficult questions, he finally parted company with Gillian and got into his Prime Ministerial car.... and herein lies his big, fat 'DOH!'...........

Pic.No.1 Is this the most unphotogenic man in politics?

Oh yeh, once in the car, Gordon forgot that he still had a TV microphone attached to his lapel, and proceeded to launch a scathing attack on the 'bigoted' voter Gillian, going on to describe the visit as a 'a disaster'. TV and Radio stations managed to record the lot. Oh dear.

If that isn't a 'Oh crap, how the hell am I going to get out of that one?', moment, I don't know what is. 

So, one of the main reasons that I wanted to watch the Leadership Debate tonight, was to see how Gordon Brown was going to handle the situation. And if you think I am rubbernecking the car-wreck, I am.

Gotta go, the debate is starting ...........................


Update! I know that you are all sitting on the edge of your seats wondering how Gordon Brown explained his gaffe away.

I am sorry to say, it was all a bit of an anti-climax. The incident was only referred to once, in Gordon Brown's opening pitch; "There's a lot to this job [as Prime Minister]. And as you saw yesterday, I do not get all of it right. But I do know how to run the economy in the good times and in the bad."

'Surely," I thought to myself, 'that's not it. The other Party Leaders, Nick Clegg and David Cameron, are bound to grab this opportunity to belittle our beleaguered Prime Minister?'

 Pic.No.2. Ugh - don't smile Gordon - it's horrible

But bizarrely enough, neither of them decided to seize the moment to heap more sleaze on Gordon Brown. How disappointing. Politics just isn't what it used to be.

I did learn something very interesting about all this though, based on the quotation, "to err is human." The fact that Gordon Brown dropped a bollock made him more human, and therefore more interesting. It made a change from the super-polished 'all things to all people' speeches that we are normally subjected to.

So in summary, I feel a little lacklustre about the proceedings. None of the party leaders stand out as potentially iconic leaders, and I think we need someone who isn't afraid of a little controversy ... or to speak their mind ... with some charisma ... whilst tackling old establishments head-on ...

Pic.No.3. Anyone got a spare one of these that we can borrow?


  1. Oh please just someone vote them out... I might come home then!

  2. I agree. I liked Gordon Brown better after his gaffe. But the smile ... the sooner he just looks his usual miserable self I'll be a lot happier.

  3. "...only two weeks to go before the UK's general election..."

    Is your calendar broke?

  4. Eh up Clare - I don't thing we'll be seeing you in Blighty anytime soon. Unless you could seriously leave the sunshine and swimming pool?!!!

  5. Couldn't agree more Fran - he looks grotesque when he tries to be happy. Give it up Gord!

  6. Hello Masher, oops have I cocked up on the dates again?

  7. Hello Anne,

    I feel your pain that the crash you hoped to see did not live up to your expectations. Metaphorically, we all want it to be worth while when we are stuck in traffic.

    I envy the fact that your campaign period is so short..although that means...less drama.

    If you are looking for a good crash scene...well, after our mid-term elections are over, the campaigns for the next national election will fire up and last nearly 2 years. That should sustain the biggest appetite for the truly bizarre. Be sure to stock up on Dramamine.

    I have no doubt that our modern “Tea Party” folks will base their platform on the hallucination that our current President is a foreign born Muslim Natzi…and the frightening thing is there will be a following…Yikes! This will be the best the Tea Party can do, because I have recently discovered that the Tea Party is actually a social network for self inflicted closed-head injury patients. When they are not making ash trays with popsicle sticks, their pass time seems to be gathering to spout ranting rhetoric that at some point grossly resembles a hog-calling contest.

    I’m just saying…good luck with your elections…may sound minds prevail!


  8. Those teabaggers sound like complete fruitoops. I read about there antics on Cosmic Navel Lint's blog, and I can't believe that they SERIOUSLY believe Obama is a Muslim Nazi.

    Actually, why are they called teabaggers? - not sure of the history behind that.

    I shouldn't be whinging about the length of the elections, having to only endure a month, I feel lucky compared to you Americans!


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