Not Saussure

February 5, 2007

It’s the way she told it

Filed under: Politics — notsaussure @ 11:18 pm

I fear I must be succumbing to what Polly Toynbee describes as

 the dangerous anti-democratic mood that is creeping up on us at the moment where every lazy comedian or chat show host regurgitates the current knee-jerk view that Westminster is a palace of rogues who should all be sent packing

but this morning, when I turned on the radio, my automatic response — without having any idea who it was or what she was talking about — on hearing someone say

I think we’re being dishonest here, and you wouldn’t expect an ex-Member of Parliament [clearly referring to herself] to allow that

was to start chuckling (as it turned out, it was Lorna Fitzsimons, a former Labour MP, having proved her expertise in Middle Eastern affairs by her strong support for the Iraq war, now giving us her views on bombing Iran).

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  1. Toynbee is not a good thing to be reading first thing in the morning. My eyes are still smarting.

    Comment by james higham — February 6, 2007 @ 8:20 am

  2. Oh, I know Lorna. She used to be NUS President, as did Mr Stephen Twigg.

    The two have something in common. Actually, many things. A ruthless approach to politics as a game without reference to heart or care being just one of them, only a thirsty quest for power, for its own sake.

    Archetypal, model, New Labour. x

    Comment by Andy — February 7, 2007 @ 8:57 am

  3. I have a lot of time for Polly Toynbee and the campaigns that she’s championed on childcare provision and pay reform. However, monopolising and controlling the ‘critical friend’ role and insinuating that the rest of us rabble simply know nothing of which we speak, confirms to most of us that neither Government nor their pet journalists are being straight with us. We’re grown ups – we can take it.

    Love the blog (and the name) Not Saussure – and thanks for putting mine on you blogroll – you are now on mine too.

    Comment by Noosa Lee — February 7, 2007 @ 6:21 pm

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