Embattled British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faces more potential poll humiliation — as Madame Tussauds waxwork museum opened a vote on whether they should bother making a model of him.
The London tourist attraction said Brown’s office had failed to respond to requests for a sitting, so they were now asking whether they thought he should be represented alongside other world leaders.
And — given the battering his governing Labour Party took in recent local elections — maybe he would not be in power long enough to make it worth the effort, general manager Edward Fuller said.
Madame Tussauds chiefs originally stalled on making a waxwork of Brown when he took over from Tony Blair last June, as he was not elected into office.
But when visitors asked where the British premier was, they decided to ask Downing Street for a sitting.
“Since then we have had no response and, reflecting the climate after the government’s performance in the recent local elections, our guests have become decidedly split about whether we should feature Mr Brown at all,” he said.
He added: “There are those who think the UK prime minister should be here, regardless of whether they have been voted in to office.
“However an increasing number are telling us that Mr Brown should not be included unless the British public elects him. Well, we’re giving them the chance to do that.”
Brown’s ruling Labour party suffered its worst poll defeat in 40 years in local elections earlier this month, even losing control of City Hall in London.
The public has until tomorrow to register opinions either at the museum or online as to whether Brown should be immortalized in wax.(AFP)
Lex: What is it you wanted to tell me?
Jane: I wanted to tell you about Chip. He spent all night waxing lyrical about what a great painter he is.
Lex: Don’t take any notice. He thinks he’s all that, but really he’s inconsequential.
Jane: You can say that again. I saw some of his paintings. They look like he just got sick all over the canvas.
Lex: He’s an aspiring artist. What do you expect?
wax lyrical 滔滔不絕地
To wax lyrical is to talk in a very excited manner about something. For example, “I don’t get house music, but Skip waxes lyrical about it.”