London, Apr 29 (ANI): British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has probably cost his Labour Party crucial votes by his insensitive "bigot" remark to questions asked by a 65-year-old female pensioner.
Rochsdale resident Gillian Duffy asked questions about the Labour Party's policies on debt, education and immigration which led Brown to call her a "bigoted" woman.
According to Lance Price, a former Downing Street adviser under Tony Blair "The party has lost not just hers, but potentially thousands of others who will listen to what she said and find that they agree. Does Brown think they are all bigots too?"
Initially unaware of the furore caused by his offhand remark, Brown is now desperate to make amends and is in damage control mode.
Parked outside the grandmother's residence, the Prime Minister addressed media persons issuing the most heartfelt apology he could muster, calling himself a "penitent sinner". He even called up Duffy over the telephone and said he was absolutely "mortified" by his outburst, insisting he had been "misunderstood", reports The Telegraph.
Duffy was, understandably, not in such a forgiving mood, saying she was "gobsmacked" at his statement and wishing she could "rip-up" her postal vote that is in favour of Labour.
For Brown, this could be the last nail in his coffin. His frantic apologies look like a case of 'too little, too late'. (ANI)