Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gaffe That's Off The Graph

Remember Charles Kennedy getting in a terrible muddle during an election campaign over the details of his party's local income tax?
We now know that he was probably suffering from a bad hangover at the time.

Then there was George Bush, during a a Presidential election, being asked to name the President of Pakistan and only managing to repeat "He's a General.....he's a General....."

Both these examples are the small-fry of slip-ups compared to the fucking great Blue Whale of Bloopers made by LibDem leader Nick Clegg yesterday.
Asked what the state pension was, he said it was about "thirty quid".
For a single person, it is actually about ninety quid a week.

I don't want to gloat (well yes, I do actually) but what joy to see the posh, public school Cameron clone, the shallow, ambitious, careerist, rightwards-tacking, tax-cutting, 'I'm a liberal atheist but my children will be brought up Catholic' pretty-boy phoney fall flat on his smug face.

Nobody cared much that Charles Kennedy stumbled over the minutiae of complicated tax policy. And most Americans didn't care that Bush didn't know who was President of Pakistan since many of them wouldn't know which continent Pakistan was in.
If Nick Clegg had been £5 or £10 out in his guess at the state pension that wouldn't be a hanging offence either. But out by £60 on such a fundamental element of domestic policy?

LibDem press officers said it was a "simple error".
I'd say it was an error of gigantic proportions made by a simpleton whose level of ignorance makes him unfit to be leader of a political party.
And it raises the question of what else he doesn't know. If he thinks that pensioners live on £30 a week, does he think a loaf of bread costs 15p, that half a dozen eggs costs 40p and that if you're a pensioner the supermarket gives you milk for free?


At 8:44 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

"quid" has the common touch, though.

At 4:25 PM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

geoff: yes, it does. And isn't it horribly reminiscent of Blair with his fake Estuary English?

At 10:31 AM, Blogger Tim Footman said...

I think the Lib Dems were just desperate to find someone who didn't like getting pooed on.

At 9:12 AM, Blogger Willie Lupin said...

tim: I thought they were supposed to be liberals.


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