McBride email crappery

I didn’t want to write about this because I really wanted to write about this, this and this and I know people have moved on but please, just let me get it off my chest because although it bugs me to death to know that I am prioritising this rubbish, I need to expectorate or there’s a chance that I might develop a nasty infection of which, should you frequent this blog once too often, you will be at risk of contracting. (Not much risk there then).

Anyhoo, onwards forthwith, here she be going – expecteth muchly nothing, least of all, popularity:

I’ve noticed that many people, notably those of a Labour persuasion, have been downplaying the McBride email affair as a non-issue – you know . . . sighing and trivialising and philosophically declaring that we know it goes on but everyone should ignore it because it’s what we expect from all politicians and there are far more important issues that we should be talking about.

Well, first off, yes there jolly well are.  But be assured that if a couple of Tory MP’s were the ones doing the doing, you can be sure as climate change that the folks down at the Labour camp would be indignantly and wholeheartedly crying out for apologies, so all this sighing and  trivialising is grossly hypocritical and smacks of partisanship.  I don’t care that it was a Tory blogger, with a history of smearing non-Tory MP’s and other bloggers, who broke the story.  I care that nobody (apart from hypocritical Tories and their hypocritical apologists) seems to care that our politicians are engaging in such crappery.

Secondly, it’s not ok for an elected political party to try to win over public opinion by smearing the opposition party with lurid and highly personal innuendos, hoping they’ll stick, even if they’re eventually found to be untrue.  Even worse when they target members of the politician’s family.

It’s also not ok to say that that every political party does it so what’s the big deal about this government doing it. I believe we should be very concerned that this kind of thing goes on all the time. Come on guys!  When did we become so tolerant of our MP’s and their sleazy, underhand dirty tricks?  I’m well aware that most of the mainstream parties spin their crap to tarantulous levels and I’m also well aware that all the mainstream parties have a smear-and-run policy.  But lordy me!  Does that mean we have to be so complacent and accepting of this dreadful sleaze-and-slur culture? Is there really no alternative?  Is it really down to basic human nature or can we not ask for decency in politics? Is it really ok to say . . . ok, that McBride was a twat and Draper was a twat but there are twats in every political party so let’s move on? (That Paul Staines bloke is probably the biggest twat of them all but (and I hate to admit this) he did us all a favour in this instance).

Just because they all do it, it doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye and tolerate it.  It shouldn’t all be about sordid internal Westminster politics and (as a fairly recent phenomenon), right and left blog wars.  That’s not what should be making the headlines. Political bloggers should be honest rather than remain stubbornly partisan for the sake of being . . . stubbornly partisan.  And politicians should be focusing on the stuff that matters, not concentrating on how to spin a smear web and trap an enemy.  Politicians should be focusing on their policies.  If there is something we should know about an MP . . .  if it’s in the public interest for the information to be revealed and it’s a truth that can be substantiated, then I have no problem.  But I have no time and no respect for dirty tricks. That’s not what politics should be about.  It is, but it shouldn’t be, and by saying stuff like  . . . move along please, nothing new here . . . is just sitting back and tolerating the status quo of dirty, sleazy politics.  And it’s blowing away any chances of decent politics finding a place in Britain.

I read that McBride was a poisonous apple in the Labour machine and many people within the structure desired to see his departure so it’s not hard to imagine an engineering of the whole thing, with that Paul Staines bloke used as a messenger boy.  But listen folks, I don’t want all  this crappery.  I want elected politicians to do their jobs and govern.  Is politics all about spin and smear and inhouse squabbling or is it about tackling the vitally important issues such as healthcare, housing, environment, economy, jobs, poverty, education, social justice?

Do you base your voting criteria on how much each candidate can smear their opposition candidate . . . or do you base your voting criteria on the actual policies and ethics of each candidate?

Vote Green.  I mean really.  It’s the only decent party remaining.  It’s the only option.  Hell, the future of this good and great Earth depends on it.


8 responses to this post.

  1. You’re right EP, just because they all do it doesn’t make it right and if we accept it then it will become the norm. We should be outraged each and every time until it stops or at least is minimised.

    Enjoy your rugby weekend.


  2. These politicians accusing one another of being worse reminds me the times when I was a child. I agree with you EP.

    The BBC, the Nuclear Sites, all unite to keep us under their boots. We will start being free when we shall have cheap and clean energy.

    By the way Sir Richard Attenborough reminds me of the Canadian Seals and their yearly massacres. It is macabre that nobody says a word about increasing agricultural fields to feed populations, of course far from Monsanto et al.


  3. Zeddie, thanks sweetie. I suspect you are teasing me a bit but thanks anyway.

    Jose, exactly. Grossly immature behaviour. It’s time our politicians grew up.

    I want to read up more on the Attenborough issue before I write about it. The nuclear sites thing kind of speaks for itself but I do have things to say, even though I’ll probably be repeating myself.


  4. No I wasn’t teasing, I really believe we should be outraged at the outrageous, no matter how commonplace is really is. I just don’t we should be outraged at the reasonable just because newspapers direct us to – this is counter-productive.


    • Sorry Zeddie, I was rushing to reply and I slightly misunderstood the mood. You’re right of course, the newspapers are all about profit and circulation figures now and with this is mind they love to whip the public up into a frenzy over nothing. It’s tiresome. The news media exists to inform the public about current affairs so that they can make informed and educated decisions at election time. If they continue to, or if we we allow them to, sensationalise every little thing rather than report accurately, honestly and without bias or sensationalism, then we can forget any chances of ever being truly democratic.

      It’s not just the newspapers that are to blame. They’re only exploiting Joe Public’s exisiting cravings for high profile gossip and muckery.


  5. It’s like when your kids do something they shouldn’t – you have to pretend it’s more important than it is because you have to set rules and guidelines which you know they’ll challenge and break. It doesn’t mean you should let them get away with it. Same is true for our politicians, if we make a genuine fuss when they overstep the mark, they realise they crossed a line and step back. If we didn’t, they’d just take another inch, then another, then another …

    I have no problem with that – my problem is when it all gets worked up into a frenzy over perfectly reasonable things, like MPs have 2 homes, or having office expenses and things like that. We have to be outraged at that which is wrong, but we have to be fair because we need to encourage the very best politicians we can.


  6. I believe it’s about time for the people to see that they can move things around by just attending the poll stations. If 100% (?) or the electorate voted, perhaps we would be starting to change all this whining and bawling.


  7. Hi Zeddie, yes, you’e right. Your usual common sense approach is rarely wrong.

    Hi Jose, dead right. If only all of the electorate would use their democratic right to vote, there would a much fairer and accurate representation of the country’s choice. Of course, the problem is that when the MP’s get into power, they all too often renege of their pledges or they very soon become as corrupt as the best of the corrupt ones and we have to wait a few years to vote them out again. Bring on the revolution. Lol.


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