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Iama jelly donut; Don't worry Jack you're not the first to make a political cock-up.


FIRST minister Jack McConnell will perform a major U-turn when he attends today's D-Day memorial in France, after planning to snub our old soldiers to go to a golf dinner. JAMIE LIVINGSTONE looks at some other gaffe-prone politicians.

John Prescott: Used his official car to ferry him a few hundred yards to the Labour conference in 1999 when he was calling for responsible car use. It was to avoid messing wife Pauline's hair.

Peter Lilley: He stunned the Tory party conference in 1998 by breaking into song, re-writing Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory as attacks on Labour. Called the Ernie Wise of the Tories.

President John F Kennedy has trouble with his German in Berlin, 1963John F Kennedy: He tried to speak German on a Cold War visit to West Berlin and twice said: 'Ich Bin Ein Berliner'. It means: 'I am a jelly donut.'

President George W. Bush:

At a speech in the 2000 election campaign, he was caught whispering to Dick Cheney: 'There's Adam Clymer, major league asshole from the New York Times.'

John Redwood:

TV cameras caught him awkwardly pretending to mouth the Welsh anthem. Unfortunately, the then Welsh Secretary did not know any of the words.

Neil Kinnock:

As music blared at a successful 1992 General Election rally in Sheffield, he leapt on stage and shouted: 'Well all right, well all right...' A few days later, voters denied him victory.

Henry McLeish:

In 2001, the then Scottish First Minister was caught in an off-air radio interview calling John Reid, then Northern Ireland Secretary, 'a patronising b*****d'.

Richard Nixon:

At French President De Gaulle's funeral, the US President seemed to get his speeches muddled up. He declared: 'This is a great day for France.'

Howard Dean:

During the race to become the Democrat's Presidential candidate to face George W. Bush, he let loose a primal scream. It hastened his demise in the polls.

Michael Heseltine:

After aheart attack, he tried to show his party conference how fit he was by doing physical jerks. The blue rinse brigade loved it. Everybody else thought he looked daft.

Norman Lamont:

Instead of taking responsibility after Britain's eviction from the European exchange rate mechanism in 1992, the chancellor said he'd been 'singing in the bath'.

Jimmy Carter:

He made this plea in 1977: 'I want to know the Polish people.' Sadly, it was mistranslated to his audience as 'I want to have carnal knowledge of the Polish people'.

Neville Chamberlain:

As he stepped off the plane in 1938 after the Munich Conference with Hitler, he said: 'A British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honour.'

David Steel:

In 1980, he told Liberal conference delegates to 'Go back to your constituencies and prepare for power.' Sadly, the Liberal party are still preparing.
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Date:Jun 6, 2004
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