Gordon Brown is a man of the people. When the people are around.
When alone with aides, he dismissed as bigoted a woman who expressed concerns about how immigration from Eastern Europe would affect the economy. But moments earlier, in public, he praised the woman.
As reported in The Telegraph:
Gordon Brown has been caught unawares calling a Labour-supporting pensioner who confronted him on the election campaign trail a “bigot”.
Gillian Duffy, a 66-year-old widow, told the Prime Minister that she was concerned about immigration from Eastern Europe.
Mr Brown chatted to her for five minutes and appeared to end the conversation amicably, telling her she came from a “good family”.
But he was unaware that his microphone was still on as he got into his car and sped away, and was heard berating his staff for allowing the encounter.
I guess they have bitter clingers in Britain, and politicians who love you in public and hate you in private. Just like us.