I am deeply flawed.

April 28, 2010

I watched the clip of Gordon Brown being accosted by Gillion Duffy. I felt a bit bad for him. It was like watching Sam Johnson getting mauled by her  Nan, when we got caught smoking in year 9. He dealt with it well, and you kind of knew the minute he was in the car he would be spitting at someone.

It got funnier when he was played the tape of what he said in the car, on Jeremy Vine.

Poor Gillian- she wasn’t that hardcore- and now there is an @gillionthebigot to follow on Twitter. I know I should be terribly outraged. I do.

Funny though, I kind of warmed to him. Told you: Deeply flawed.



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  2. have tweeted Campbell asking him to pass on a cuddle from me. That will help.

  3. I watched a clip of the conversation between them on BBC News. That lasted for some four minutes. For at least 3.5 minutes of the conversation she aired concerns about tax, crime and social security. She expressed herself temperately. He dealt with her comments well.

    In a 30 second piece she expressed concerns about the number of East European immigrants and said that she felt like a stranger in her own community. At no point did she express hatred of immigrants. She was not advocating sending ’em all back where they came from. She was saying that immigration levels were too high. Again she expressed those opinions temperately. Controlling immigration is a mainstream policy of all 3 major parties.

    If it had stopped there, I would have felt some respect for Gordon Brown for dealing with the challenge well.

    I do feel sorry for him that a private conversation was inadvertently captured.

    But what I found breathtaking about it was that he felt that a woman who was expressing mainstream concerns with which he claims to be engaging was a “bigot”. In doing so, he expressed himself much more intemperately than she ever did. That, I think, reveals a lot about the man: if you disagree with him there is something wrong with you. It is not, therefore, the contents of the private conversation that surprise me: rather it is an indication that his critics are right – the man really cannot tolerate dissent. I feel that, despite his undoubted qualities in other areas, that alone disqualifies him from being a fit person to be Prime Minister.

    And I felt a certain sadness at the level of tribal debate in this country. Earlier on, someone suggested on Twitter that she was a goose-stepping Nazi! What a nasty thing to say: the concerns she was expressing were a million miles away from wanting to send 6 million to the gas chambers and yet somehow it was thought to be fair to caricature her views in this way. Why can’t we acknowledge disagreement, and engage with it, rather than characterising people as “Nazis” or “bigots” because they happen to disagree with us?

  4. “There were three things that were drummed in to me when I was a child: education, health service and looking after people who are vulnerable.” (Gillian Duffy) This is the person some Labour supporters would vilify?

    • ”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?”

      THat’s the quote in context- am not saying she was an outrageous bigot, she just sounded like the people where I live to be honest. But it’s also fair to say that the benefits/immigrant thing is a familiar schtick. He also dealt with her very well, and what he said was in his car.

      If you had a microphone capture every private utterance, there would be some bits that weren’t pretty.

      I don’t think she deserves villifying- course not. But I also wonder what would have happened if he had said ‘actually, my private utterances are occasionally unreasonable- because am a human being’.

      I wouldn’t have reasonably expected a politician to do that in an election- I hope one day we can get the hypocrisy out of politics- and the tribalism that make what is pretty much a non story, into what will have a damn sight more coverage than Spains current economic problems this evening.

      I thought it was quite funny- I don’t think either deserve to be pilloried.

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