One of the lessons of the 2010 General Election seems to be that the Prime Minister should be very careful before opening his mouth in front of a microphone. 

It has now emerged that at a rally on Saturday the Prime Minister was caught calling one of his senior female Party colleagues “a prostitute”.  He subsequently denied it saying, first, that he was calling the microphone “a prostitute” and then later that he was really very friendly with the colleague concerned and that the reference to her as “a prostitute” was jocular. 

The senior Party official concerned has said that she wasn’t near enough to the Prime Minister to have been the subject of his remark …..

The General Election is, of course, the General Election in Mauritius.  The Prime Minister is Navin Ramgoolam and the senior Party official is Nita Deerpalsing.  But you knew that already, didn’t you?

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