I find myself tuned into BBC television watching as the election results roll in. On a beautiful Thursday night in the middle of spring. I guess I really am a political junkie.
There’s really nothing I can add to the election, although I’ve been following the news for the past several weeks. All I can say is that whenever I think of elections in Britain, I think of this:
Earlier in the broadcast, I heard an analyst say “Here’s the swing from Belfast” and the first thing I thought of was “There’s the swing. Where’s the swong?”
This should put the final nail in Gordon Brown’s political coffin with a week to go before the UK’s election:
Gordon Brown prostrated himself as a “penitent sinner” yesterday after a brush with a voter triggered a calamitous chain of events that threatened to derail Labour on the eve of tonight’s pivotal TV debate.
The Prime Minister spent an unscheduled 45 minutes inside the terraced house of Gillian Duffy apologising to the Labour-supporting widow for insulting her behind her back.
His muttered description of her as a “bigoted woman”, picked up by a microphone as he drove off from their combative but apparently friendly encounter, plunged Labour’s high command into its most serious crisis of the campaign.
Brown heard the recording of his comments during an appearance on a radio station. The video of that is here, because his reaction to the comments is priceless:
He just knows he’s screwed. Here’s a clue–when running for political office, don’t insult little old ladies.
More importantly, Brown’s comments were made in response to Ms. Duffy expressing concern about illegal immigration from Eastern Europe into the UK, and now Gillian Duffy is a national figure.
My reaction to all of this is nothing new, just that Gordon Brown is your typically egotistical and arrogant politician who doesn’t understand and probably will never understand why the dirty rubes just don’t get his elitist and utopian point of view. This arrogance transcends political allegiances and is found on all sides of the political spectrum. Brown has apologized to Ms. Duffy, but really, he’s not sorry. He made these comments without any hesitation. This is how he thinks.
Ironically, last week’s passage of Arizona’s new immigration law (SB 1170) has made illegal immigration an issue in th e US as well, and when I read what happened with Gordon Brown, it got me thinking about our leader.
Given what we know about him, his past associations, his leftist ideology and his elitism, does anyone really believe that President Obama thinks differently from Gordon Brown? He’s given clues with his comments after the law was passed (with 70% of Arizonans voting for its passage), suggesting that our fellow American citizens were “misguided”, which is just code for “you ignorant rubes are so racist”. Everything is for political expediency. In that sense there’s really no difference between career politicians whether they’re here in the states or across the pond.