Brown Down, Nation Yawns.
Gordon Brown did a spectacular U-turn yesterday as only he can. One moment he was going full steam ahead with his plan to tax the poor more and the next he was outraged at the very thought of anyone perpetrating such a wholly despicable act.
At first it reminded me of someone who utters a swear word and then slaps himself for saying it. Except Gordon didn’t slap himself for, of course, he won’t admit to saying it. So instead he accused David Cameron of saying something worse and slapped him....There was no apology, no admission of error. Instead, he launched a broadside against the Tory party, the cause of all poverty. At this, Dave screamed right back: “Does the Prime Minister have any idea what a pathetic figure he cuts today?”
And they were off. Dave stabbing away, his logical ice-pick pumping away like mad. Gordon was a spectacle of stubborn fury...
So who won? Neither Gordon nor Dave really, who ended up locked together in sort of exhausted stagger. Of course, there is always the poor, the 5.3 million people ostensibly at the centre of this storm. But don’t count on it: this was about politics, not poverty.
Cameron needs to remember who his real audience is, not the handful of people who saw him in the Commons, not the few thousands who are interested in the debate but the millions out there who will vote. And I'm not getting the feeling he is showing them how pathetic Gordon is.