Saturday, August 04, 2007

Healey is bang on and Boris takes some flak

I am seething with anger. But first things first.Today’s Guardian contains a rather brilliant interview with Labour Party elder Denis Healey in which he reflects on a political career that seems to stretch back as far as the late-Victorian period. Anyway, Healey quite rightly describes our former PM, Mr Bliar as “bullshit and nothing else”. Indeed, those words should be engraved on TB’s tombstone.Talking of bullshit, Doreen Lawrence, the mother of the murdered teenager, Stephen Lawrence, has been busy putting the boot in on Tory mayoral hopeful Boris Johnson. Ms Lawrence has said: "Boris Johnson is not an appropriate person to run a multi-cultural city like London... He is definitely not the right person to even be thinking to put his name forward…”She added "there is no way he is going to get the support of any people in the black community".
Apparently, she thinks that Boris is not up to running London because he once criticised aspects of the Macpherson Public Inquiry into the racist killing of her son. Boris rightly claimed some of the Inquiry’s recommendations were born of political correctness. As you may recall, the Macpherson report accused the police of "institutionalised racism". The Inquiry has certainly affected police morale and their ability to fight crime. Following the report, many officers are afraid of using their stop and search powers.Yes, Boris can’t be mayor because he isn’t…..politically correct enough.
And just look at the timing.
On Thursday, Ken Livingstone said Boris Johnson would be a "formidable" opponent. He also said he was "halfway through" reading all Mr Johnson's newspaper and magazine columns over the past 20 years - Mr Johnson was once editor of Spectator - and said his rival made right-wing Conservative peer Norman Tebbit "look like a cuddly liberal".
On Friday, Doreen Lawrence lashes out….
The strength of this (coordinated?) attack so early in the campaign also indicates that Livingstone and the London left and its allies view Boris as a serious contender for the capital’s top job. Boris should be prepared for plenty of more incoming fire.
The worst of it is that we now have a political culture in which anyone who dissents from the leftish orthodoxy is pilloried, and anyone who articulates the real concerns of people in the country is denounced as beyond the pale.
This is no way to conduct debate.....

11 comments:

verity said...

years as no one is interested in her stupid opinions. It's terrible that her child got killed, but it didn't instil her with any special wisdom. The media should stop taking an interest in her. The British people like Boris Johnson, regardless of what "the black community" - if such exists - opines. I see lots of black people are packing up and moving back to Trinidad and Jamaica. Trinidad I can understand, Jamaica?

verity said...

Gosh, I don't know what happened to the top of my comment. But anyway, you get the gist.

Peter Hitchens said...

'don't expect Boris was exactly banking on the black vote anywayz.

Newmania said...

IT I have been fighting the good fight on Dale and I am bit written out on this one . I just wanted to say how very much I agree. This has been one of thsoe very rare things that has actually made me angry.

I do hope I have ruffled feathers

Jenny! said...

How are you sweaty balls doing today? You are now officially a Pimp...unless you want to be a ho...your choice!

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istanbultory said...

Verity,
Reverse migration to Jamaica.....now there's an idea. Jenny,
Less sweaty than they were but I think there is a minor rash developing down there. Put me wherever my fellow pimp Newmania is. I am much obliged.
Mr Newmania,
Doreen Lawrence's intervention has been an utter disgrace and a calculated political intervention, doubtless instigated by Red Ken,...

Winston said...

Dear Verity, as a Black man I think you'll find Black people will listen to Boris Johnson and as we make up nearly 40% of the capital Boris can not win without us. Not only will this mobilise us to vote but we will now bw mobilised to vote against Boris Johnson. I never knew about his disgusting comments now I do I will voting for Ken Livingstone next year and I will be dragging my entire family out to the polling station with me.

verity said...

Winston, sorry to hear that you vote along such huffy, personal lines, but you are entitled to spend your vote as you please.

London's not 40% black, by the way. Black is Negroid. It is specific race of people human beings wh originated in Africa.

If you are trying to tell me that 40% of London is made up of people of W Indian and African origin, I would be motivated to take issue with you.

istanbultory said...

Winston,
You really wouldn't want Verity to take issue with you...oh no. You haven't a chance, guv.

Newmania said...

Well I will also be dragging my family out and as part of it is black thats one against Winston.

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