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.

4 Comments:

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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