IT’S BEEN A tough week for politicians across the water and not because of economic troubles or international relations. This time, they only have themselves to blame for their woes.
The Prime Minister himself is the latest to have to offer his apologies for what Downing Street called an “off-the-cuff” remark that offended many in the UK.
A spokesperson has offered Cameron’s apologies for saying Commons heckling by Ed Balls was “like having someone with Tourette’s sitting opposite you,” reports Sky News this morning.
The Prime Minister would not have meant to offend anyone. He apologises if any offence has been caused.”
The remark was made in an interview with the Sunday Telegraph and sparked criticism from Opposition MPs and campaigners who called on people to sign a petition complaining about Tourette Syndrome being the butt of jokes.
The slip-up comes days after MP Diane Abbott issued an apology for a tweet in which she claimed that “white people love playing divide and rule”.
The controversial comment led to a massive debate in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence racist murder trial.
Her apology came after first claiming that the remark was “taken out of context”.
I understand people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people. I do not believe in doing that.”
Unfortunately for Ed Miliband the past seven days were deemed somewhat of a “slow news week” and so his own Twitter slip made front page news in the UK.
At a time when he had to fiercely defend his leadership of the party, the head of Labour was ridiculed for a typo sent out in a tweet in tribute to the recently deceased television presenter Bob Holness.
Instead of remembering him for his most popular show Blockbusters, Miliband tweeted he “remembered him fondly from Blackbusters”.
The timing of the blunder didn’t help his cause given the race rows that were erupting around him over the Abbott controversy and several footballing cases.