Gordon Brown is feeling the wrath of the little and not so little people in Britain, after he called Gillian Duffy a “bigot.”
Now things seem to be spinning out of control, as even a Dean at Oxford University has heckled Brown for making the “bigot” comment:
GORDON Brown’s attempts to rally the Labour party faithful have faltered amid chaotic scenes in Wearside.
Julian Borthwick, 38, was manhandled from the room by Labour activists after interrupting Mr Brown’s speech with his reference to the Gillian Duffy row.
The Prime Minister’s police protection then escorted him from the property as party supporters cheered Mr Brown off from the event at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.Mr Borthwick, an Oxford law graduate, had heckled the premier with comments including “we’re broke“ and “what about that bigoted woman?” (photo here)
Here is the heckler’s bio and photo from happier times:
With degrees in Theology, Law & Computer Science, Julian is well placed to ensure that Chambers’ IT & telecoms provision is first class. He thrives by engaging with the nub of any technical challenge and is Prince2, MBCS and MCSE accredited . He has been co-opted to the Bar Council’s IT Panel and serves as IT Fellow and Dean at St Benet’s Hall, Oxford University. He particularly enjoys his walk to Chambers each morning, with fine views of the Thames and the Middle Temple from the Blackfriars Bridge.
It appears that all the Gillian Duffys are fed up with Brown.
She is the voter who dared to raise the issues no politicians wanted to discuss – and derailed Gordon Brown’s election campaign in the process.
Gillian Duffy, a pensioner from Rochdale, was called a “bigot” by Gordon Brown after she questioned him over immigration and the economy.
But what would have happened if the Prime Minister had met Gillian Duffy from Dundee, or Gillian Duffy from Neath or Sheffield, or Richmond?
The Sunday Telegraph contacted Mrs Duffy’s namesakes around the country in a unique test of voter opinion.
We found a group which had largely voted Labour in 2005 who were now mostly undecided ahead of Thursday’s election.
They are concerned about education, pensions, care for the elderly, immigration and health.
But they are also, on the whole, disillusioned with the political process.
Can charges of racism and Nazism and Apartheidism be far behind?
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