Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oban offensive...

A Labour Party more ways that one. At Labour's Scottish conference in Oban Harriet Harman has called the Coalition's Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander a 'ginger rodent'. FFS!

The last couple of weeks has seen a series of shrieking harpies (not Harriet): Jon Cruddas accusing the Tories of "social and economic cleansing", Polly Toynbee's "final solution" for the poor comments, Tristram Hunt's belief that the Coalition was taking Britain back to the Victorian workhouses, Unite Leftie Len McCluskey barking about "the vicious Tory determination to make the poor suffer" (won't even mention bumbling Boris's contribution)...but now we have Harriet's insulting and detrimental comments (imagine her saying that about skin colour or a certain religion?) and she went on to complain about the 'unnatural' genetic mutation programme about how the Lib Dems being changed "into something alien to Scotland - Tories." [BBC]

Scottish Liberal Democrat George Lyon asked - rightly - were there any depths that Labour Party wouldn't stoop to,
"They aren't fit to be in opposition, let alone in government."
All that said it does seem that, Boris aside, the left are ramping up the rhetoric and idealogical hyperbole. Are battle lines being drawn? Are they actively seeking the civil unrest seen in France that, IMHO, many media commentators seem eager for?

Update: HH has since apologised (the BBC link has been updated with this news). Great riposte HERE from DA: "...rodents do valuable work cleaning up mess others leave behind..."

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Paul said...

The unrest in France has been relatively small scale and only public sector workers. You could have guessed which cities there would have been the greatest unrest in before the action was called. Marches have already taken place in Scotland and some are planned for England, as they have been in Germany, Sweden and Japan this Autumn.

The Conservatives are putting all their eggs in one basket on the economy and it should be interesting times ahead.

Span Ows said...

Blimey, that was quick; I was just off reading 'Politics and the English Language' by George Orwell (while looking for a juicy quote re language!)

Maybe re the rat: '4 legs good, 2 legs bad' would have sufficed!


Loads of marches in Spain too trouble is twats like Bob Crow are looking for trouble.

The Great Gildersleeve said...

Whatever you think in private(and people do sometimes say things that they shouldn't)but with someone like HH and how hot she is on many things you'd think her speech writers or if she wrote that speech herself she'd know better.

She has apologised according to another area on the internet I frequent. So that's alright then.

It would be so much better to rubbish his or his parties policies or question whether they've ditched their principles(whether that is a right thing to say or not)

I did see him giving his opinion on a documentary shown on BBC Scotland speaking up for the disadvanatged but since the election things seem very different.

Remember "No" party actually won the election. One is there becuae of being propped up by another.

We'll never know but should we have actually had another election and would things have been better or worse.

I'm not sure that any of the main parties offer any hope for the disadvantaged as all have some policy that hurts and they can all hang it on the current situation about the state of the economy and what the bankers did or didn't do.

I think a lot of the present situation is idology lead. It is also being rushed through as Paul suggests(eggs in one basket)as they fear their time may be short.

I've forgotten how do links but look at this...

The Great Gildersleeve said...

I meant to add the only way Parliament can change is dependent on who stands and is elected for office(whether they are Independent or a new party)or they are part of the three main parties but whilst you hope you'll get compassionate politicians you could equally end up with people who are even more extreme in their views.

Span Ows said...

Thanks Gildy, too many think LIB?LAB?CON are near enough the same...they're probably right. I suppose many independents and minor parties could get a few seats but they would achieve nothing if they didn't go with the flow...that is the problem with the system we have.

re the election point ...trouble is the Coalition is what we've got. I suppose Cameron could have had a minority government if Brown had stepped down the same way (and no deal between Lab and Lib Dem) but then there would have been an early election and to be honest the most likely outcome would be a Conservatives win outright (because nothing new would have been done to make them unpopular and more people would turn on labour and UKIP would probably step aside and just this last would have given CON 20 odd more seats...all hypothetical of course.

Span Ows said...

Interestingly the BBC link now says (as you mentioned Gildy) that HH has apologised but it says page updated at 13:59GMT, which is wrong. They may be trying to disguise it a bit because before it had updated at 13 something but I posted at 13:44 GMT (14:44 BST and 15:44 here) and by the time I had finished posting it was gone 14:15 GMT already and the link had nothing about her apology.

makes no odds, and not the first time their updated time hasn't been correct.

The Great Gildersleeve said...

Guess what...errors on the BBC website? I clicked on a local news story about our popular theatre probably closing in Darlington because of the cuts and...they took me to an area for Dorset.