The newspaper of Imperial College London
 Issue 139, 31 March 2004
£76m centre for clinical imaging«
Tribute to miracle miler Sir Roger«
Harriet’s prime howler!«
International student awards«
Making a grand entrance«
Lowering blood pressure«
It’s a bug’s life«
Will powers IC Trust«
We’re on the map«
Britain the ‘tobacco control time-warp’«
Cutting carbon emissions«
When too much competition can prove unhelpful…«
Emotional intelligence scrutinised«
Move to new headquarters«
Staff Pay and Grading update«
An international night to remember«
Water way to make a splash at College…«
Science soirée at Silwood«
Snap happy…«
In Brief«
Media Spotlight«
What’s on«

Harriet’s prime howler!

IT was the gaffe of the month. And it was filmed at Imperial.

During a packed debate in BBC One’s Question Time on 18 March, Minister Harriet Harman announced: “Since Gordon Brown became prime minister...” before hiding her face amid hysterical laughter from her fellow panellists.

“I was just thinking about the prime minister and the chancellor at the same time and I conflated it,” protested the solicitor general during filming in the Sherfield Building’s Great Hall.

image: the Questiontime set

“I was going to say that he and the prime minister have been a hugely important and successful team running the country and the economy.”

Presenter David Dimbleby joked: “The Freudian slip shows where your heart really lies, doesn’t it?”

A panel consisting of Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former foreign secretary, Dr Vince Cable MP, Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman, Jeremy Clarkson, broadcaster, and Nick Cohen, Observer columnist, discussed terrorism, national debt, binge drinking and the House of Lords before retiring to the Senior Common Room for a three course meal.

Earlier, the audience had spent an hour in the SCR studying news bulletins on television monitors, before handing over questions ready for the programme.

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