Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Gordon Brown listens to the public... his own inimitable style.

This is Ben Butterworth - a genuine floating voter expressing a genuine parental grievance about a genuine problem in education which is genuuinely shared by 300,000 other parents: they simply cannot get their children into the school of their choice.

And Gordon Brown completely ignores him.

Says it all, really.


Blogger Dick Puddlecote said...

Oh dear. Not a good sight for Gordon and his kings of spin.

7 April 2010 at 19:06  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

Another four weeks of this. Dear God.

7 April 2010 at 19:08  
Anonymous len said...

Just watched this on the news,
Gordon just walked away with that inane grin on his face.
Real people,real issues,ignored.

7 April 2010 at 19:14  
Anonymous Katie said...

Poor Ben Butterworth. If we get five more years of Gordon, it'll only get worse. We've traditionally had around 700 babies born each year in my city, so we've had 700 places available in each year across our primary schools. And while Gordon was rebuilding all the secondary schools (at least, all those in Labour-run council areas) at great expense and for no reason, with mass immigration our birth rate went up to 1000 a year, and has remained there steadily for the last 3 years (funny; I've not noticed any more houses being built. I can only assume we've got 300 more children a year living in poor housing as well...). So now we've all suddenly noticed that we don't need new secondary school buildings, we need another 300 primary school places - quickly.

And GB didn't see this coming.

7 April 2010 at 19:18  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

Johnny R touches on an interesting point.

There was a time when we needed 4 weeks for a proper campaign so that the Candidates could make themselves available, get around the constituency etc and the party leaders dutifully went on tour as the main way to communicate with the voters at public meetings.

But today with all year round campaigning, 24 hours news and the internet, what is this 4 week campaign for?

Maybe we could have a week for auld laing syne but is there really any real purpose now of such a long campaign?

7 April 2010 at 19:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A bit contrived. For a floating voter he seems well scripted.

7 April 2010 at 20:24  
Anonymous stedmancinques said...

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7 April 2010 at 21:01  
Anonymous not a machine said...

he fired up the limo and sadley nothing happend , as per useual .

8 April 2010 at 00:40  
Blogger adrian said...

I think he's been outed as a blogger by the


8 April 2010 at 03:19  
Anonymous len said...

Some people have suggested that the questions Mr Butterworth asked were a 'put up'job.
I wonder if he was paid for it? a process not entirely unfamiliar in politics.
Whatever the motive Mr Butterworth deserved an answer.

8 April 2010 at 08:13  
Anonymous philip walling said...

GB is emotionally retarded and psychologically challenged and needs help, not re-election.

All doubts about that were dispelled by the great man on R4 this morning; even J Humphries, not known as a friend of the Conservatives, was getting exasperated.

8 April 2010 at 09:08  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

You lot are too partisan. No Prime Minister is going to engage a heckler whether spontaneous or put up you know that I know that.

As regards education no party has any good ideas, doesn’t Gove know that the Free school movement so beloved of Tories at the moment had its genesis in the 60’s counter culture? Sex, drugs and rock and roll doesn’t sound very conservative to me.

What a cop out, education at the whim of every crackpot parent who thinks they know something about education and can run a school.

8 April 2010 at 09:21  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Graham Davis @ 09.21, you sound as though you sent your own children to Eton, pouring scorn as you do on the ideas of presumably lesser intellects.

8 April 2010 at 10:14  
Anonymous Graham Davis said...

bluedog said...
Graham Davis @ 09.21, you sound as though you sent your own children to Eton, pouring scorn as you do on the ideas of presumably lesser intellects.

No mine all went to fairly ordinary state schools as did I.

8 April 2010 at 10:32  
Anonymous Oswin said...

bluedog: how can you make those inferences from the comments made by Graham Davies???

8 April 2010 at 16:47  
Anonymous Old Grumpy said...

YG - A Churchill or a Disraeli would well have been able to cope with a heckler like that (whether planted or not....they had plenty of those in the old days as well) They'd have used the opportunity to put their policy in those areas across in a constructive manner, whilst empowering the questioner.

But our Gord is not of that caliber. Best for him to walk away, then.

PS it's 3am. Why am I doing this? Goodnight, everyone, and have a great day tomorrow. Enjoy the fine, warm weekend....a rare thing that's still not taxed at 40% (Don't tell Gordon, though....)

9 April 2010 at 03:04  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, the ranting dick is a liar...

10 April 2010 at 23:09  

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