So this Brown fellow is in trouble for calling someone a bigot? Jeez, heaven help him if he dropped the f-bomb over his in-flight meal like our Illustrious Leader K-Rudd. Not many countries let their political leaders get away with intentionally saying 'shitstorm' on national television.
As for Brown, yes, someone like him being caught throwing around a word like bigot is very damaging, it was an unfortunate circumstance to fall victim to. But in his defense it does sound like Mrs Duffy could've taken a bit more care in the way she presented her question. Sure, it could very well have been a serious, level-headed query, but the first time I read her comments verbatim gave me the impression of at least a little bigotry. I feel for the woman, being called a bigot across the country would hurt anyone; but at the same time, knowing she'd be addressing a prominent leader of her nation, she could have been a little more aware of how her words could be interpreted.