It was a scene reminiscent of Patsy Stone's lighting up a cigarette in a theater and refusing to put it out, "Oh don't be so bloody stupid!" The actress Joanna Lumley ambushed Gordon Brown's immigration minister today, over the Brown govenment's disgraceful policy of refusing to allow Nepalese Gurkha soldiers to reside in the UK. It was a performance worthy of Margaret Thatcher in full hand-bagging mode. Just look at the way she looks at him. The Daily Mail exults here.

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