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Sunday, 1 March 2009

Take care, Harman, in invoking the mob

Harman's incitement to the mob to take up burning brands and pitchforks against Goodwin to force him to lose his grip on his pension is a calculated distraction, but a dangerous one.

That ministers are now so panicked at the prospect of the public turning even more against the government that they are foolishly prepared to stoke anger against hate figures like Goodwin to deflect it, and media attention from government failure, is a dangerous development.

It's not hard to invoke the mob, Harriet. It's much harder to quieten it once its out.


Bill Quango MP said...

The court of public opinion..
My that's a powerful court. It managed to overturn momentous political decisions such as:
Trident renewal
Abu Hamza's free house
Jacqui Smith's sleaze
John Prescott's shagging
The Iraq war
Closing of the coal mines
Gordon Brown's self appointment to Prime Minister.

yes, a powerful court indeed..
foolish woman.

Luckily I stopped watching Marr some months ago and enjoy extra sleep instead.

Anonymous said...

No! No! NO!

She doesn't mean that public opinion. Not the one where the public are consulted. She means the PUBLIC opinion. The opinion of the approved public. The Labour public. The Public Sector. Not your actual PUBLIC public, which would as soon see her dance the Paddington Jig.

Brian, follower of Deornoth

Anonymous said...

Actually she wouldn't mind at all if the real public spoke out.

That's what the Civil Contingencies Act is for, and they're itching to use it...

View from the Solent said...

Um, Brian (at 17:48),
shouldn't that be the Tyburn jig?

Nick Drew said...

that's a Monty Python mob in the photo, and a Monty Python contribution from Harman

if she believed a single word of it she'd have no business sitting in Parliament

but - check her exact words - i think we'll discover she was just making trouble for Brown

Bill Quango MP said...

Mr Drew speaks the truth. Only hearing it reheated on sky I hadn't spotted..

"The prime minister has said it is not acceptable and therefore it will not be accepted."

So..she sells it as Gordon's idea.
What next?
"The Prime Minister has promised help to every single one of the countries HardWorkingFamilies personally.It may not be in the treasury's gift to pay everyone's rent for 2 years but. It might not be enforceable in a court of law but it's enforceable in the court of public opinion and that's where the Prime Minister will steps in."

{whisper}"Up to his ears..he he he.."

Trevor said...

I suspect you are all missing the point.

There are two ways to prevent Fred getting his pension.

1 Stop the pension

2 Stop Fred

An extension of the play the man not the ball theory.

They are going to bump him off.

Pure accident of course

Much simpler and cheaper than a prolonged bash in the high court.

Poor old Fred

it's either banned or compulsory said...

Shred Fred hiding in his shed.