Harriet and The Daly Mail

Predictably The Daily Mail has led the assault on Harriet Harman by referring to her as “that hectoring, whining, finger – wagging nanny. Well The Daily Mail and their readers would know all about hectoring, whining, finger – wagging nannies, after all they have been worshipping one for the past thirty years.
I am not Harriet Harman’s biggest fan, the has always seemed too ready to champion the excesses of the Political Correctness Police to me but as The Daily Mail is one of the biggest complainers about the lack of personal respect in society they and the Rabid Right ideology if you can describe name calling as ideological, must be challenged.
They may by all means call Ms. Harman a hypocrite, a deceitful exponent of spin, a virago, but in doing so must back up their case by citing some evidence. This pointless hurling of personal abuse has killed political debate but is the favourite tool of the Thatcherite right and has inflicted the deepest wounds of on British society.
The most vitriolic of Rabid-Right ranting, for it cannot really be called invective it is too irrational, is reserved for women on the political left who are from truly middle class backgrounds. The left as a whole are treated as “barbarians” but as everyone ought to know by now a barbarian does not truly mean someone who is uncouth and lacks civilised values but simply someone who is “not like us.” The “us” being that section of society who worship The Grocer’s Daughter. The majority of these are proponents of suburban faux – gentility. They are not particularly well educated though they think they are, they are obsessed with what other think of them. A good education generally instils liberal values and sufficient class to not measure people simply by material wealth but an adequate education leads only to inferiority complexes and a deep envy of those more at ease with themselves.
This Thatcherite tendency to hate and despise that which is different is the sole reason the Conservatives cannot get their collective arse in gear and provide a coherent opposition in Parliament. The attacks on Harriet Harman are prompted by envy because she is so at ease with herself and comfortable with her status. And why not, as she and her colleagues watch another Tory leader start to implode under the burden of that irrational yearning for the “strong leadership” (aka bullying) of The Iron Hearted Lady.
There has always been talk of social mobility but what the Conservatives of the 1979 to 1990 era never understood was that money alone is not enough to hoist one up the social ladder. Like the sad acts who parade themselves on X – Factor saying “but Simon, I want it SOOOOO much, the subscribers to Thatcher’s cod philosophy make a bit of money, buy a house in an upmarket area and make fools of themselves by trying to buy class because they “want it sooooo much”. Wanting it is not enough, nobody can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
The people the Rabid Right hate most of course are not vicious snipers like me, nor the middle class lefties of Labour and the Lib Dems. They hate all those of course but most of all they hate those in their own political faction who are “not like them.” They hate and envy Cameron because he is a true toff, they hate Hague because he is an intellectual (he IS an intellectual no matter what our personal opinion of him) they hate and envy the seriously rich, they hate Bohemians who ought to be “people like us” but drink real ale, smoke “herbal” cigarettes and have indiscreet love affairs, but of course they envy the Bohemian “couldn’t give a toss what you think of me” attitude, they hate the Working Class who get drunk, have sex and default on their debts without compunction. They loved Iain Duncan Smith even though had he remained leader their party would no longer exist. That’s how irrational the Rabid Right are.
The Rabid Right would foam at the mouth if they knew how those elected to represent their prejudices in Parliament carry on.
Once, on the train home from London I met Ken Hargreaves, Conservative MP for our area at the time. Ken’s family had always been friendly with my wife’s so naturally we knew each other socially as well as through political activity. Until work made me a weekly commuter I had been a radical Liberal Activist.
On encountering Ken I joined him and we had a pleasant journey, chatting about this and that. Not surprising really, we had always got on.
The Rabid Right tendency could not understand this. One of my underlings at the time raved “Ken Hargreaves is a junior minister, he would talk to a leftie like you.” And that really sums up the mentality of the Rabid Right: “You have different opinions ergo you are different ergo I must hate and fear you.”
Last time I had a one to one chat with Ken he told me, having just quit a role with Conservative Central Office that involved working with constituency parties, that he despaired for the future. The grassroots were out of touch with reality and would not accept a leader who was not in accord with their desire to turn back the clock to a golden age that never was.
There is reason in my recent attacks on the Toryism of Margaret Thatcher. I am no more a fan of David Cameron than of Harriet Harman but if his leadership does collapse the Conservatives will split. And with the Lib Dems still groggy from the Kennedy and Oaten scandals that would leave us with effectively a one party state. Its the result Margaret Thatcher always wanted of course and I must confess to a wry satisfaction that if it does come about, the one party will not be hers. But all in all it would be a bad thing for the country.

2 thoughts on “Harriet and The Daly Mail

  1. .. that would leave us with effectively a one party state. Its the result Margaret Thatcher always wanted of course and I must confess to a wry satisfaction that if it does come about, the one party will not be hers.

    Err Yes, clearly she wanted to turn Britain into a dictatorship. ??? WTF ??? I think you’re the rabid one mate. Hey, I read that smoking skunk makes you paranoid, cut down.

    He’s a little extra on HH i found on this very same website, nice, very nice;

    Harriet Harman


    1. I think all of us active on the left of British politics in the eighties were well aware iof Thatcher’s crude and ham fisted attempts at social engineering.

      Come up north and ask around, you may find opinions on her are solidly behind me. Why? Well could be her attacks on our traditional industries, unions, employment rights etc. etc.

      Me and Stephi get on fine, you don’t need to point out her posts to me, I read many of them. Steph has her opinion, I have mine. That’s what it is all about.

      As for my smoking skunk, you should not believe all you read on blogs 🙂


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