Q1: What does 'down' mean here?Down in London our fist-gnawing Prime Minister was nowhere to be seen, like President Bush on Sept 11, 2001.
Flickering TV screens showed images of Alistair Darling being interviewed in a building with a long white corridor but it was not automatically clear where he was speaking.
It may have been that psychiatric hospital where Inspector Clouseau's boss Dreyfus used to be taken by coated orderlies.
Q2: Why did the columnist use 17 words to describe the environment as part I highlight in red? What's the connotation of it?
Q3: What does 'coated' refer to about 'coated orderlies'?
PS: The quoted source is from Daily Mail.
Thank you for your help, Anglika.