I note that Gillian Duffy, the pensioner who Gordon Brown last week called ‘bigoted’, has recently pocketed £80,000 from upstanding organ the Mail on Sunday for, one presumes, the full low down on how Mr Brown’s remarks so devastated her that only eighty grand from the scummiest newspaper in Britain would help her overcome the associated trauma.(I say ‘one presumes’ by the way because, to coin a phrase, I wouldn’t even wipe my arse on the Mail on Sunday let alone read it. And before anyone accuses me of hypocrisy for writing for said publication in the past, no, no – that’s simply a case of nabbing a few quid from the enemy as the opportunity arises).

In fact it’s Mrs Duffy who is the hypocrite – after having understandably been offended by Mr Brown’s pathetic remarks, and despite having been a Labour supporter all her life she then chucks away her principles for eighty grand of Tory blood money.

The least she could have done is to have taken the money from a left-of-centre newspaper rather than the Fascist on Sunday. There again, can one really blame a working class pensioner for abandoning her ethics when almost four times the annual average wage is thrust in front of her like that?

It’s the way of the world these days – have the misfortune/good fortune to say something controversial to a leading politician and there’s every chance you may make a few quid out of it.

And if that seems a tad venal, well, guess where the inspiration for grabbing every penny you can and bugger everyone else comes from?

If only David Cameron or Lord Mandelson would visit St David’s. There again, punching the buggers may land you with a lot more than a few quid from a newspaper…



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