In Response - “What About Mrs Duffy?”
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In Response - “What About Mrs Duffy?”

http://taylorsorlandovilla.com/?x=ozu-floating-weeds-analysis-essay click A response to my piece – I assume – ‘Hatchet Job’ (Superwhit 1 May 2010) was received by Superwhit today, 5 May 2010. The emailer failed to give a name or location. But thank you for the interest and the question anyway.

watch If we can look at what happened on Gordon Brown’s fateful trip to Rochdale briefly, for those who may have missed it.

go Gordon Brown had a conversation with Mrs Gillian Duffy near her home in Rochdale. By all accounts, this chat went very well and Mrs Duffy left Gordon Brown still a Labour voter.

follow link The conversation covered many topics, which the media, at least from where I sat, were very limited in what they showed. The main area of confusion centred around immigration, which is, as always, a hot topic.

source site Once Mr Brown got into his car, with radio mic still switched on, he began to complain about Mrs Duffy and her attitude.

get link The fateful phrase, I think, used, was that she was ‘some sort of bigot.’ This was jumped on by the media like a pack of wolves. The juiciest story, well since the last one, that would wet their appetite for days.

evaluation argument essay example He also asked why he was with the lady in question too and who arranged it.

how to cite a quote in an essay from a book in mla For me, and I have to admit no one else I know or have heard, sees the issue quite the same as I.

http://befriend-design.com/?thread=the-best-gift-i%27ve-ever-received-essay-format My problem wasn’t that he thought the lady ‘some sort of bigot’. Everyone is allowed a personal view. Once aired though it becomes public property. I don’t care if you’re the Prime Minister or the Queen of Sheba, to have private views on issues is a given right. As long as it does not influence the way you conduct yourself in the public arena and the way you treat people personally.

in groups we shrink by carol tavris essay I guess you’re thinking I would condone being two-faced? Well, I would think that everyone has passed an opinion about someone to another person and they would have been terribly aggrieved if that view had been passed on.

follow My reading of the situation was not that he had the said personal opinion, it was that he thought he should never have been put with ‘that woman.’ That was a more telling part of the conversation because it told me – as if I didn’t know – that the whole situation is managed to the nth degree. And I don’t think that politicians should be carrying out campaign rallies and passing them off as them meeting the ‘man in the street.’

Getting back to Mrs Duffy. The lady had a right to be aggrieved by what had happened. She was being called a ‘bigot’ and it was being aired to anyone who would listen. It’s hard to imagine what she was going through during those few hours. With the press hounding her and surrounding her home, it can’t have been easy.

To Gordon Brown’s credit, he went straight back and offered an apology. What else could he do? Was it to save his election campaign? Probably. Did it have a massive affect on the campaign? Probably not, if you look at the polls. But he apologised, and that is about as much as he could have done.

He has since clarified what he thought she said. And that was that he thought she’d said all foreign students should be sent home.

Mrs Duffy, aggrieved as she was, has seen fit to sell her story for a reported £80,000. As is the world today, this is what happens. If you want to make your own judgement on that, it’s up to you. Seeing the stories in the rags all the time, it doesn’t surprise me and I am not about to judge her. She has been through a massively stressful ordeal that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

To the bigger picture. Does it tell me Gordon Brown can’t be a good Prime Minister?  No it doesn’t. It just tells me he should remember to turn his mic off and if he has personal opinions, make sure they’re restricted to his close confidantes, just as you should do.

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