British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was caught by a live microphone describing a voter he’d just met as a “bigoted woman.” Brown was climbing into his car after talking with Gillian Duffy when, having apparently forgotten he was still wearing a broadcast microphone, he called the meeting “a disaster.” “they should never have put me with that woman,” Brown said. “Whose idea was that? It’s just ridiculous…” The 65-year-old Duffy, who’d questioned Brown on issues including immigration and crime, said afterwards she was “very upset.” Brown subsequently called Duffy to apologize, but his opponents in the country’s election campaign have latched onto the gaffe just days before British voters are set to go to the polls.
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