Brown's Tirade Days Before Vote a Lot Like Susan Boyle
Prime Minister Gordon Brown is showing shades of Boyle in the run-up to general parliamentary elections one week from today--and I'm not talking about his baritone pipes.
The parallels are uncanny: just days before an important vote, Boyle popped off at a couple of reporters in a hotel lobby, and it cost her the crown. But at least she had the decency to tell them what she thought of them to their faces.
Today, Gordon Brown on the campaign trail in northwest England popped off at a potential voter, and a sympathetic one at that. After the woman held forth on taxes, the national debt and immigration--all the usual stuff--Brown got into the back of his limo and rode away . . . with a hot lapel mic still in place.
"That was a disaster," Brown was heard to say. "Should never have put me with that woman. Who's idea was that? She was just a sort of bigoted woman."
And he thought that was a disaster. Ah, the campaign trail can be humbling. My prediction: As with Boyle, Brown will soon be forced to give up his crown.
Not much of a limb I'm out there on with this one. Brown's Labor Party is currently third in the polls.
Conventional wisdom wins again. "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Last week there was no pulpit exception for Franklin Graham's diatribe against Islam. Neither is there an officeholder's exception this week.
PM Brown later apologized to the woman via the BBC.
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