· Do interviews ever deliver anything but bad news for politicians and boredom for audiences?
· Will the 2010 UK general election be the first one to leave us speechless?
· Two more straight answers from Mandelson - about failed coups and the PM's rages
· Mandelson gives two straight answers to two of Paxman’s questions
· Rare video clip of a politician giving 5 straight answers to 5 consecutive questions
· Politician answers a question: an exception that proves the rule
· A Tory leader's three evasive answers to the same question
· Gordon Brown's interview technique: the tip of a tedious iceberg
· A prime minister who openly refused to answer an interviewer’s questions
· Why it's so easy for politicians not to answer interviewers' questions - and what should be done about it
· Why has Gordon Brown become a regular on the Today programme?
Aside from it being close to polling day, the other factor that helped Mrs Thatcher I think is that in the pre-YouTube, pre-home DVD recorders etc. age news video clips rarely got recycled and more widely circulated.
A similar blunder now would generate a huge online buzz and repeated viewings.
I can't imagine any current generation of politician apologising so quickly and easily.
But perhaps her immediately apology helped neuter the incident. It's much harder for the opposition to make political hay out of the situation if an apology has already been made.
At least she did not suggest those requiring care were drooling. That would have gone down a little worse I think.
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