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.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Great moments on the BBC's "This Week"

Last night: Diane Abbott's facial expression - and "talk to the hand" gesture, when Matthew Taylor said how proud he was that his son went to the local comprehensive.


Anonymous Andrea said...

Diane Abbott's facial expressions and gestures on This Week aren't usually correlated to what she's saying...for ex she often shakes her head (as she was disagreeing) whilst Portillo speaks and then when she is asked what she thinks about what he has just said, she says "I totally agree with him"...

then there're the moments when she just looks around with a clueless expression...and you wonder if she doesn't care about what others are saying or if she can't understand it

8:13 am, May 25, 2007

Blogger Hughes Views said...

I guess that the (substantial) appearance cheques help with the school fees. You can't help loving the 'do as I say not as I do' attitude of so many of the ultra left...

11:27 am, May 25, 2007

Blogger Sham said...

Hughes: spot on!

Abbott's mantra: "hypocrisy, hypocrisy, hypocrisy"!

12:49 pm, May 25, 2007

Blogger Owen said...

"I guess that the (substantial) appearance cheques help with the school fees. You can't help loving the 'do as I say not as I do' attitude of so many of the ultra left..."

I think you've got judge that on a case by case basis (and the "do as I say not as not as I do" attitude can be found at least much - if not more so - on the right as the left).

But take John McDonnell - his kids go to a local comp, he only owns one house, he doesn't have any dubious business interests, and instead of expensive foreign holidays he goes sailing on the Norfolk Broads.

Contrast to that to a few other recent prominent "left" politicians...

2:44 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous jane said...

Have you checked the register of members interests? She certainly earns enough to pay for the school fees.

I am, beginning to resent all this additional money that MPs receive. Maybe we have too many MPs and they do not have to work very hard. Perhaps MPs could be persuaded that funds received on top of ones salary should be donated to charity?

3:03 pm, May 25, 2007

Anonymous ducdenemours said...

Is it just me or am i the only person for whom the terms great tv moment and diane abbott are definitively, absolutely, comprehensively exclusive?

6:29 pm, May 25, 2007

Blogger Chris Paul said...

I'm proud of sending mine to the nearest community high school also. But I am very glad that I live where I do, that the school is OK, and that I didn't have to take my commitment to comprehensive schools to the edge of reason. And also incidentally that my kids are lifelong socialists and never hassled to go to other schools.

11:30 pm, May 25, 2007

Blogger Kris said...

You can keep bagging on Diane Abbott, but you'll never get around the fact that she is far more popular, and effective, than Hackney Nu Labour running the Council.

It's like your pathological hatred for Ken Livingstone. Too bad you done like him, because the people with the votes do.

You should learn to love them both.

11:17 am, May 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Diane Abbott. Effective!!!!!


9:44 am, May 29, 2007


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