In an earlier post, John O’Sullivan summarized bigotgate, the gaffe that is today’s talking point (at least until tonight’s debate) in the British media:
Yesterday, Prime Minister Gordon Brown – unaware that he was speaking on a still-open neck-microphone, described a Labour-voting woman [Gillian Duffy] who had ventured mild criticism of high immigration levels in an otherwise friendly chat as “bigoted.” This was played out in full on television – even the horribly embarrassing moment when Brown buried his head in his hands as he heard his own words played back to him. Brown apologized, but to little avail.
I have never agreed with the lazy elitism that dismisses immigration as an issue, or portrays anyone who has concerns about immigration as a racist. Immigration is not an issue for fringe parties nor a taboo subject.