Thursday, 6 August 2009

Dungeon votes British PM top villain

An effigy of Gordon Brown, Britain's Prime Minister, is place in medieval stocks and pelted with fruit and eggs after being voted Britain's top villian by visitors to a London tourist attraction.

An unusual sight to greet commuters as they make their way past popular tourist attraction the London Dungeon.

An effigy of Gordon Brown being put in medieval stocks and pelted with fruit and eggs.

In medieval England, stocks were used for torture and public humiliation of criminals.

London Dungeon asked 400 people who they regarded as the country's top modern day villian - the British Prime minister topped the list.

Their PR officer Ellie Cowley:

ELLIE COWLEY, LONDON DUNGEON PR OFFICER, SAYING:

"It's just a bit of tongue and cheek fun. The London Dungeons are a very cheeky kind of attraction. It's just a chance for the public to vent some frustrations. I obviously don't recommend that they go and pelt the real Gordon Brown with some rotten eggs. I don't think he would appreciate that very much."

Gordon Brown's popularity has been mostly fading since he took over as prime minister from Tony Blair in 2007. And for some, the recession hasn't helped.

DURREN, MEMBER OF PUBLIC, SAYING:

"He actually hasn't done much to help us at the moment. He really made a mess of everything. So it's probably a good thing."

DOT, MEMBER OF PUBLIC, SAYING:

"I think it's a good idea. It's just a shame it's not the real Gordon Brown because we would like to pelt him with some rotten eggs. He brought this country to its knees.

It seems the London Dungeon has latched on the mood of the moment - political commentators say Brown is almost certain to be defeated at the next general election by opposition Conservative leader David Cameron.

Matthew Stock, Reuters.