Political blunder

23 April, 2010

The moment the starter gun was fired on the general election, Stop the Week dusted off its binoculars to commentate on an eagerly anticipated political race of the campaign: the first politician to claim a bakery-related gaffe.

It was only a matter of time and they didn't disappoint. STW hates to single out any political party we'll be voting for the Labouring Conservative Democrats but we have to hail David Cameron for being first past the post on a visit to Warburtons in Bolton.

Cameron announced himself to be a "bit of a traitor" for having just bought a breadmaker. This reportedly met with "an audible hiss", with The Telegraph's political correspondent James Kirkup noting "Grim faces all round, and Lancastrian mutterings to the effect that only southern so-and-sos buy breadmakers".

Then BBC Newsnight's Michael Crick added intrigue to the mix. "Mr Cameron said he bought his machine 'the other day', but I seem to remember him proudly showing off his new breadmaker to me when I visited him at his constituency home when he was running for leader back in 2005."

As Breadmakergate plays out, in the interests of political balance, STW harks back to our last two encounters with the two other parties. The first, when BB editor Sylvia Macdonald asked the Prime Minister what his favourite bread was. The answer, inevitably, was "Brown!" And when Vince Cable was asked, "So it'll be either you or Joanna Lumley running the country next?" after her popular Gurkhas rights campaign. The Lib Dem shadow chancellor replied: "Hopefully me AND Joanna Lumley".

If the election results in a hung Parliament with the Lib Dems in coalition, we await the cabinet posts announcement with interest.





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