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Margaret Beckett tricked by impressionist

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posted on Feb, 25 2007 @ 11:40 AM

UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett was tricked by comic Rory Bremner when he pretended to be Chancellor Gordon Brown, the comedian has said.

He phoned her on the day on 2005 general election, when she was environment secretary, and they discussed her Cabinet colleagues.

She gave frank assessments of some of them, advising "Gordon Brown" on who was performing well.

Mrs Beckett said she had "no recollection" of the conversation.


Thought this was rather amusing when I saw it, but at the same time a little unsettling too. I mean, the potential chaos that could be caused by impersonating Cabinet officials - and even the Prime Minister - is unthinkable. So it's a bit of an odd one... amusing in one sense, disturbing in another.

Apparently Rory Bremner has done this before, pretending to be John Major and calling up Tory backbenchers in the 1990s. I know Bremner wouldn't do anything stupid using his talents, but others might... that's the concern.


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