'Is this point on?' Ken Clarke, Kanye West and the pure, unfiltered joy of microphone gaffes


To err is human, as they say, and these off-guard moments carry us closer to the true man or woman. Clarke referring to Theresa Could as “difficult” will take him out of the corridors of energy and offers us the unexpurgated version of what we actually want to know. Inadvertent indiscretion is nothing at all new. As lengthy as microphones have been in operation, we have, ironically, been party to what public figures truly think. Gordon Brown, a politician not identified for possessing the typical touch, out of the blue won approval in specific quarters when he branded Gillian Duffy, a Rochdale heckler, as “a bigoted woman”. M eanwhile, George Bush, never ever one particular for self-awareness, merely reinforced his redneck credentials when he was caught saying “Yo, Blair” at the G8 summit in St Petersburg. However, it was the casual greeting bestowed on the then-Messianic Blair which manufactured the comment all the sweeter. Humour is an often surprising side result to these slip-ups. David Cameron relating how “the Queen” purred down the line” following Scotland’s no vote against independence, showed an impish wit entirely lacking in the many bland proclamations of his political job. 

A nd as a result the last word must go to the late, great Ernest Borgnine who was interviewed in 2008 at the age of 91 on Fox Information.


The actor was asked about the secret of his longevity and responded: “I really do not dare inform you,” prior to leaning in excess of and, pondering he was out of earshot, whispering: “I masturbate a whole lot.” Lights, camera, b******s: 5 wonderful on-air gaffes 1. Anton du Beke on Strictly Come Dancing


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