Did Brown bottle it?
By Krishnan Guru-Murthy
Updated on 07 October 2007.
David Cameron has accused the Prime Minister of treating the British people as fools, by ruling out a snap election this autumn..
Mr Brown defended his decision, saying it would have been very easy to call an election, but he wanted time to show his policies working in practice.
But the Conservative leader claimed Mr Brown hadn't been straight with people over his reasons. And even ministers have conceded the whole episode may have damaged him.
Gordon Brown's nickname changed today. Out went "the big clunking fist", in came "Brown the bottler". One suspects the Prime Minister would rather have stuck with the old one.
Protestors outside Downing Street may have enjoyed themselves but David Cameron did not lower himself today to utter the cockney word "bottler".
Americans know next to nothing about our vernacular.
Bottle up is a very casual, very informal UK slang expression meaning to find courage. No need therefore to mention courage again. He didn't bottle up enough to ask her out.