Gordon Brown Apologizes To Woman For ‘Bigoted’ Comment
April 28, 2010
Brown had been speaking to a 65-year-old widow in Rochdale in one of many conversations with potential voters, and the main topic to become heated involved immigration.
Afterward, Brown drove off, but his mic had not been deactivated, giving an insight into the post-discussion comments that might be heard from a tired world leader on the campaign trail.
“That was a disaster. Should never have put me with that woman — whose idea was that? She was just a sort of bigoted woman.”
The woman, Gillian Duffy, was visibly upset, and spoke out to several news sources.
“He’s not doing anything about the national debt and it’s going to be tax, tax, tax for another 20 years to get out of this mess – and he’s calling me a bigot.”
She also says that she is no longer going to vote Labour.
There have been mixed reactions on the web to the comment.
While many have spoken out against the gaffe, calling it the final nail in the coffin for the Labour Party, others have expressed a different view.
Many Tweets since the comment supported Brown, saying that the statements the woman had made on immigration in particular were potentially offensive and bigoted.
Others have expressed an opinion that this could help the struggling Prime Minister reel in votes come election day.
Only time will tell the effect the comment had. But one thing is for sure: They might want to learn to take off the candidates mics before driving away next time.