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, December 08, 2007

Two sandwiches Short of a picnic

Shame on embittered has-been Clare Short for her frankly weird attack on Baroness Amos.

Short said of Amos' presence at the EU/Africa summit "I don't see any reason to send a kind of pseudo-minister and I think that it's not right to send her because she's black. I don't see any other reason for sending her."

Well done to Amos for the dignity with which she has responded to questions about Short's remarks.


Blogger Merseymike said...

However, there may have been a better case made for sending no-one at all. Either you boycott something or you don't: sending a lower-level substitute is itself a half-hearted and compromised response.

6:06 pm, December 09, 2007

Anonymous tim f said...

Zimbabwe is not the only topic up for discussion at the EU-African summit.

Whilst I believe the government's strategy on Darfur is deeply flawed, (promoting peace talks in the current circumstances is tantamount to supporting the GoS), it would be daft not to have a voice on an issue as important as the genocide there.

12:28 am, December 10, 2007

Blogger Benjamin said...

Does seem odd though Luke.

Brown could have boycotted it personally, to send a signal, but sent lower ranking ministers.

The odd thing is he refused to send ministers too, but sent a non-minister - who happens to be black. I don't think that's the reason she went actually, but you can see why people may think that if Brown withdraws everyone and then just sends her.

2:55 am, December 10, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on Gordon Brown for sending any old black person. They all know about africa don't they. Baroness Amos is from Guyana and I don't think her Hackney credentials help much

8:57 am, December 10, 2007


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