The Two Faces Of Gordon Brown A photograph of the British Prime Minister holding his head in his hands after calling a widowed pensioner "a bigoted woman" has become an instant icon of despair, like a man who can't bear to watch his house burn.
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The Two Faces Of Gordon Brown

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The Two Faces Of Gordon Brown

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SCOTT SIMON, Host:

But from this distance, I thought Mr. Brown didn't look mean so much as exhausted, a man in a pressure cooker who vented a little steam in what he thought was a private moment.

SIMON: I doubt that Gillian Duffy deserved to be called a bigot, even privately, but I feel some sympathy for any politician who, toward the end of a toilsome campaign, snaps back a bit at the public he thinks is about to bite him at the ballot box. Hey...

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SIMON: ...this mic isn't still on, is it?

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ERIC IDLE: (Singing) Hello, testing, one, two; testing, one, two. How do you do? Testing, one, two, it's wonderful...

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