Lemmings for Labour
Yet another person who ought to know better but is spouting utter tripe is Oona King. Today's article by her in the Observer http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1843583,00.html wins several prizes as most trite, ill-thought-out, tokenistic and generally unhelpful contribution to the debate about Labour's future - the kind of "me-tooism" that makes Lemmings look free-thinking (actually I take that back because backing Harman for Deputy Leader is stunning in its originality - so stunning that no one else has thought of doing it).
According to Oona:
- Blair backed a "a disproportionate and bloody Israeli response to Hizbollah aggression" - strange that because whereas I did back the Israelis and wanted them to be able to carry on until Hizbollah had been destroyed, Blair has consistently said he wanted an early and sustainable ceasefire ( http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/Page9982.asp)
- "the Labour party is not so much disgruntled with its leader as appalled" - well I could introduce her to a very large number of members, loads of whom campaigned for her in Bethnal Green thinking she was a Blairite, who would applaud the PM's handling of this issue.
- "The party may reply, at next month's conference, that there's been one misunderstanding after another and it's time to go. " - the evidence for this being what exactly? Which CLP or union is triggering a leadership election and how much support do they have? Presumably they want to replace Blair with Brown whose politics on this issue are, thankfully, identical.
- "who wears the trousers: is it the cloth-capped trade unionists whose spiritual ancestors are the Tolpuddle Martyrs?" - because you obviously fit that description Oona.
- "One of the finest principles of international socialism is that we do not turn the other cheek when people are tyrannised." (good so far Oona) BUT "unilateral campaigns as witnessed in Iraq are no solution" i.e. we only actually implement the "the finest principles of international socialism" and end tyranny when we get sign-off from the UN and its fine, principled, socialist human rights loving security council members like China, Mr Putin, and that well known leftwing man of principle Jacques Chirac...
- "The result of the American and British action, which I supported, has been to replace partial genocide with partial civil war" whereas no action would have left the partial genocide going and let the man perpetrating it re-stock with WMD and the missile capability to drop it on handy nearby places like Tel Aviv.
- "using the false argument of WMDs" - presumably Tony Blair should have, according to Oona, had the foresight to realise that Saddam was lying when he said he had WMD, and ignored not just his own intelligence services but also those of France, Russia and China who opposed the war but were unanimous about the presence of WMD. Hindsight is a magnificant thing.
- Iraq needs a "UN force" - composed of who exactly???? It's difficult enough to get the UN member states to come up with serious forces to go into Lebanon, let alone the hundred % more risky and politically controversial situation in Iraq. Can't see the French volunteering for that one. And why would the Baathists, Al-Qaeda or the Shiite militias be less likely to kill each other if a UN force was there?
- " The earliest practical test of Labour's approach to equality is the deputy leadership election." Yes, an internal party election for a non-job. Strangely I would have thought increasing the minimum wage was a slightly more practical test of equality.
- Then we get to the crunch - she wants Harriet Harman to be deputy leader. At this point I fell off my chair laughing, having assumed that Hazza's support base didn't extend much further than the Harman/Dromey household. My personal take is that Harman just about qualifies as second most impressive politician in her immediate family, behind Jack, let alone for the number 2 slot in the Labour Party.
- She enlightens us that she thinks Bush is "more stupid than Mickey Mouse and more dangerous than Saddam Hussein". Quite aside from the sheer childishness of this statement ("I called the most powerful man in the world a rude name, and in a national newspaper, that should restore my street cred with the kids") the second bit sounds remarkably like the kind of demented, indeed perverse world view dished up by ... er... George Galloway ... Whatever Bush's faults, thick he ain't (the guy went to Yale) and making moral comparissons between Bush and Saddam is the kind of idiotic statement you would expect from the SWP.
Oona, you should be ashamed to write this nonsense.
If this is the quality of Harriet Harman's fan club, in the unlikely event that she gets elected will the last person to leave the Labour Party please turn out the lights?