“Attention seeking idiot”
First off, in normal circumstances you wouldn’t expect to be having Gordon Brown speaking at the Sunderland Glass Centre in support of Labour’s candidate in Sunderland Central, but these are not normal circumstances. Conservative candidate Lee Martin is running one heck of a campaign and has reasonable hopes of taking the seat. With a slight comparison to South Shields where the Conservatives have also found a local candidate (Karen Allen) who is working hard to chew lumps out of a traditional Labour majority fattened by years of complacency from Labour, and a growing sense amongst the electorate that they have been “taken for granted” in the north-east and cannot see massive improvements after thirteen years of the Nu-Lab experiment.
Second point is this, Gordon Brown is Prime Minister, a seasoned politician who ought to be able to deal confidently with hecklers, his predecessor Tony Blair was very good at engaging with his audiences (as most actors are), but Brown, as we have already witnessed this week, is not so certain when he is fed with a diet of real people rather than the hand picked.
Third point, is the man handling and common assault really the best way to deal with someone who wants to take advantage of a rare opportunity to discuss his concerns with the Prime Minister?
Fourth, I don’t know who the woman, is but her description of a member of the public being an “attention seeking idiot” might go down well with the Labour faithful, but how will it play with other ordinary voters in the north-east who share his concerns about Britain’s debt, and the budget deficit? Is this really how the Labour Party feels about the good folks of these parts?