Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

British Leader Demonstrates World's Saddest Facepalm

"Head in your hands" is NEVER a good lookWith little more than a week remaining in The Race to Run Knifecrime Island, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose Labour party is running a disappointing third in the polls, has somehow managed to make things worse after being caught on a live microphone referring to an elderly voter who had asked him a question about immigration as a "bigoted woman," which, whatever its degree of truth or falsity, is not something you want to have out there, particularly in a country where the papers alternate reports of knife-wielding yobs in hoodies robbing pensioners with stories about illegal immigrants who only take time off from stealing British jobs to rape British women. Making matters even more fatal for Brown, an interview in which he "apologized profusely" for the remarks offered perhaps the worst optics of the campaign thus far. Watch the (sadly unembeddable) video and check out his body language as he listens to the playback; this is pretty clearly a beaten man. There's something almost tragic about it. But also funny.

Britons carve little X's onto their election ballots May 6th.

16 Comments / Post A Comment

saythatscool (#101)

How dare this politician say something truthful that's on his mind. Throw his ass out of office!

brent_cox (#40)

If one of our Yank pols called a bigot "bigot" to their face, I'd vote for him/her five or six times.

MikeBarthel (#1,884)

Only way for Brown to come back: glass a Pole!

kryz (#311)

This part of his (profuse) apology made me laugh:

"I would never put myself in a position where I would want to say anything like that about a woman I met. It was a question about immigration that really, I think, was annoying."

Flashman (#418)

The good news for Gordon is, all of the 'millions of Eastern Europeans' that he was sticking up for can vote too (as long as they can show a recent gas or electric bill or a council tax receipt at the polling station).

Mindpowered (#948)

They'd never take time away from raping young nubile Anglo-Saxons to do that.

deepomega (#1,720)

Too busy growing facial hair to vote.

You sure? I thought it was only Commonwealth and Irish who had free votes in the UK.

Flashman (#418)

Like Gordon Brown, I too can admit when I've made a mistake, which I evidently did at 12:10pm this afternoon. Sorry if I got any Slavic hopes up, but NIMA is correct. It was that easy for *me* to vote in the UK, but I don't remember them checking all that thoroughly; I think I just had to tick a box affirming my membership in the Commonwealth.

You are a beacon, sir.

sigerson (#179)

Whoever wrote this hilarious satire should win an award! The way the actor playing an awkward, elitist politician smiles and pats the racist old lady actor on the back (why haven't I seen HER in anything before? Pitch perfect portrayal of a rural ignoramus) and then he gets into his posh car and slags her off. THAT, my friends, is fine writing. Bravo!

sigerson (#179)

Is this a sequel to "In the Loop"? If so, can't wait to see it. Looks hilarious.

Poor Gordon.

Gordon Brown texture like sun
Lays me down with my mind he runs
Throughout the night
No need to fight
Never a frown with Gordon Brown


rook (#4,214)

I can't differentiate between The Thick of It and real life anymore

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

Hrm, who could have see this coming?

Anyway, I don't trust iPhone, can someone tell Foster to tell Brian that wse on twitter started the whole NY Times "new trend" over two years ago and that the NY Times sucks at following trends? Thanks.

Jeff Barea (#4,298)

I forgot the most important part of the backstory. That's how iPhone got his nickname, he sent a drunken email when the site caught him in a typo. "Sent from iPhone" or some such message was on it.

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