The BBC reports that Gordon Brown has been caught on microphone describing a Labour voter he had just spoken to as a "bigoted woman". Not sure that she will be voting Labour again. Full story HERE.
What was really creepy was not that the PM called Gillian Duffy "bigoted", it was the fact that he had earlier told the 66-year-old widow, "You’re a very good woman". Then, as he left to walk back to the car, he said, "Very nice to meet you, very nice to meet you." Only when he was back in the car did he call her a "bigoted woman". Classy.
Note too how quick Brown was to blame someone else:
Brown to aide: "You should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that?"
Aide: "I don't know, I didn't see her."
Brown: "Sue's I think. It's just ridiculous."
It gets worse. Following his grovelling apology, delivered in person, Brown emerged from Mrs Duffy's house to say: "I misunderstood what she said. She has accepted that there was a misunderstanding and she has accepted my apology."
Misunderstanding? What was there to misunderstand?
"That was a disaster," Brown was heard to mutter after his original conversation with mild mannered Gillian Duffy.
No, Gordon, that was a very average meeting with a member of the general public. (Remember them?) A real disaster would be to find you still in No 10 after May 6.
Surely, after today's events, even hard core Labour voters will find it difficult to stomach that thought.
(Excuse me while I open a bottle of bubbly.)