John Harris, writing about the PMâ€™s bid for the votes of people who deal with customers on a daily basis, says:
This may sound tangential, but I'm rather reminded of a passage from a Tony Blair conference speech that both set out New Labour's credo, and captured its essential pathology. "The character of this changing world is indifferent to tradition," he said. "Unforgiving of frailty. No respecter of past reputations. It has no custom and practice. It is replete with opportunities, but they only go to those swift to adapt, slow to complain, open, willing and able to change." That doesn't describe Gillian Duffy, nor millions and millions of other people. And in this awful episode, here are the wages of that ever-festering disconnection.
Me, I think Mrs Duffyâ€™s adapting quite well:
Gillian Duffy is being represented by a public relations agent and will not be giving any further comment this evening on her dealings with the prime minister, the BBC understands.
I look forward to next Sundayâ€™s News of the World with interest. Once more, Prime Minister, welcome to the world you made.