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UK Politician Calls Jane Austen “One of Our Greatest Living Authors”

Attempting to pay tribute to Jane Austen and her recent commemoration on the £10 note, Conservative Parliament member Andrea Leadsom made an embarrassing gaffe. Leadsom called Austen one of the U.K.’s “greatest living authors”…despite the fact that Austen died 200 years ago this month. 


Leadsom quickly corrected herself, stating Austen is one of their “greatest ever writers”, but the damage was already done. All manner of Twitter raconteurs weighed in, milking the slip for all it’s worth:



You can watch the pivotal moment below.




Featured image courtesy of Irish News.