So here’s the most important thing about Gordon Brown’s ‘bigot’ gaffe: not that he is two-faced (who isn’t, sometimes?), or that he is ‘out-of-touch’ (granted), or that he has a bit of a temper (also true); no, the most important insight into the character of the Prime Minister is that he somehow translated a reasonably successful encounter with an ordinary voter into, in his words, a ‘disaster’ – which, of course, is how it turned out but not in the way he meant.

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