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Top ten political gaffes of 2013:  2 - A Lib Dem 'press officer'
Top ten political gaffes of 2013: 2 – A Lib Dem ‘press officer’

The Liberal Democrats had just shaken up their press office team when a monstrous howler of an error took place. Not much was actually happening at the party’s autumn conference in Glasgow, so it came as quite a surprise to the journalists gathered in the city to find the Lib Dems’ secret ‘lines to take’ document emailed around.

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Top ten political gaffes of 2013:  3 - Jeffrey 'George' Osborne
Top ten political gaffes of 2013: 3 – Jeffrey ‘George’ Osborne

Actually it was Barack Obama who made this particular gaffe – but in British political terms it was the chancellor who was the victim. There is something rather embarrassing about George being confused with a black soul singer by the president of the United States, even if Jeffrey Osborne is a very talented musician. That it happened three times in Obama’s speech to the G8 made it all the more painful.

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