Political Car Crashes

U.S. President Joe Biden has recently had an automobile collision problem (on top of everything else)

Allen Therisa

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U.S. President Joe Biden (Wikipedia).
U.S. President Joe Biden (Wikipedia)

In 2010 British Prime Minister Gordon Brown found himself struggling during the UK general election campaign that year.

After having taken over the leadership of the governing Labour Party from Tony Blair in June 2007, Brown began to struggle in the post the closer the election came.

A week before polling day, on 30 April, the prime minister and leading members of the government gathered in Birmingham for an outdoor poster launch, with Labour Party political strategist Peter Mandelson front and centre at the launch.

As Mandelson was talking, a passing car loudly crashed into a nearby bus shelter, derailing the media event and providing the media with an opportunity to criticise the faltering Labour campaign.

The resulting visuals (and audio) were not great, something which Peter Mandelson had to deal with in the post-launch press scrum that followed.

When the 2010 election came, there was a large swing to the resurgent Conservative Party led by David Cameron (which in contrast to Labour had delivered a slick election campaign), similar to the party’s victory in 1979.

The Labour Party lost its 66-seat majority in 2010, though no party achieved the 326 seats needed for a majority, leading to a hung parliament.

Cameron would go on to lead a coalition government and the Conservatives to an overall majority at the next general election in 2015.

On 18 December last year, U.S. President Joe Biden suffered a similar roadside distraction in Delaware when a car hit his motorcade. On that occasion, Biden and the first lady were preparing to leave for their Wilmington residence following a campaign dinner.

Biden stepped out onto the street and made light remarks to waiting reporters when the crash could be heard. “Whoa,” journalists exclaimed…

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Allen Therisa

Author and writer, fascinated with culture, politics and history.