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Wednesday 28th April - 8 days to polling day
28/04/2010 23:47:00

Spent the day calling on potential Conservative supporters who vote by post in Woodside and Addiscombe followed by a house meeting in Shirley (at my mum's house - thanks mum!).

Stopped for lunch at The Joiners' Arms on Woodside Green, where we listened open-mouthed to the recording of Gordon Brown calling one of his own supporters who had dared to raise the issue of immigration "a bigoted woman". At least everyone in Croydon Central who shares her concern now knows what the Prime Minister thinks of them.

It's behaviour like this that has brought politics into disrepute - he tells the lady to her face that she comes from a good family then as soon as he thinks he is in private he starts slagging her off.

But I thought the strangest thing about the whole episode was Brown's reaction to the conversation - "That was a disaster. You should never have put me with that woman. Whose idea was that? .. It was just ridiculous". I think this tells us two things about him. First, the conversation wasn't a disaster at all - he did a perfectly reasonable job of answering Mrs Duffy's concerns. The only conclusion you can draw is he simply isn't comfortable with anyone questioning his record. And second, his immediate instinct is to blame someone else. I think it is fair to say that neither of these are great attributes in a Leader.

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