A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Be careful who you invite to dinner

Poor Margaret Hodge - all over the news for a few indiscrete remarks about Iraq at an Islington Fabian Society dinner.

Perhaps it was not that sensible of the Islington Fabians to give a ticket to the man who broke the story - Eric Gordon. Eric edits three of the most lively, intensely political and investigative local free newspapers in the country: the Islington Tribune, Camden New Journal and West End Extra.

But he ain't exactly a fan of the moderate wing of the Labour Party - there's more about his political background here - living in China in the '60s, he was "fundamentally sympathetic and supportive of Mao" (until put under house arrest) and admits he had "taken part in the whole Cultural Revolution" (charming - as it involved the deaths of several million innocent people).

Eric must have thought it was journalistic christmas when Margaret started having a go at Blair's foreign policy.

If the Islington Fabians would like a speaker who actually supports Blair's foreign policy and is in favour of "moral imperialism" (assuming she meant exporting democratic values) I would be happy to oblige - as long as I get to choose the restaurant. Journalists welcome and on the record.


Blogger Harry Perkins said...

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11:05 pm, November 18, 2006

Blogger Harry Perkins said...

You tell 'em, Luke. After all, we've got to stay in Iraq until the job is done. We've only exterminated 1 in 40 of the Iraqi population. Only another 39 in 40 civilians to go!

Tell me, how much money are the defence companies you "advise" making out of the killing fields of Iraq?

11:06 pm, November 18, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We've only exterminated 1 in 40 Iraqis"

Even if 1 in 40 Iraqis have died (and I don't trust that statistic in the slightest) who is doing the killing?

Are British troops going around randomly blowing things up and shooting people? Whatever the rights and wrongs of the invasion, and whatever mistakes we made, we are not the ones continuing the killing.

The idea that the killing would stop if we withdrew troops now is stark raving bonkers.

9:48 am, November 21, 2006


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