I’ve just spent half an hour on the phone to various Labour party people, and here is the not-exactly-revelatory upshot: “bigotgate” – if you want to call it that – is beyond grim. Even if the prospect of David Cameron fighting the corner of once-loyal working-class Labour voters sounds absurd, that’s what will surely define tomorrow night’s debate: egged on by tomorrow morning’s headlines (and get ready for a real peach from the Sun), the moneyed Old Etonian carpeting the son of the manse for his failure to understand the concerns of ordinary folk. Note also the part of the story that plays to Brown’s alleged bullying side: his attempt to blame the incident on some hapless member of his own staff. The incident perfectly captures a plotline that I’ve observed time and again, not least as we’ve been travelling around the country during the campaign: millions of people who are confused, unsettled, and often ragingly angry, faced with a political class that affects to feel their pain, but too often holds them in borderline contempt. What with the rise in support for the BNP – and that great chasm that divides too much of the country from richer corners… Read full this story
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