Insights from the UK and beyond
Forget the budget deficit, forget the jobless, forget the recession and forget the spending cuts to come.
TheÂ election is just over a week away. But the biggest issue for the media has become whether or not Gillian
Duffy, a pensioner in Rochdale, had accepted an apology from Gordon Brown after he was overheard calling her “bigoted.”
Journalists on the campaign trail have been repeatedly complaining there’s no spontaneity. What they mean is that no one has made any mistakes — gaffes as they call them or anything that can have “gate” attached to its end.
So “Duffygate” was manna from heaven. Unaware a broadcast microphone was still on when he got back into his car, the prime minister described Duffy as “sort of a bigoted woman”.