Sunday, June 07, 2009

Harriet for PM

This week has been a disaster for Gordon Brown, if rather a good one for the country, as it saw the resignation of several ministers, all of whom we are better off without.

Hazel Blears, Jacqui Smith and Caroline Flint all quit the government last week. Along with them went James Purnell, the apparent architect of the policy to confiscate the passports and driving licenses of men who fall into arrears on their child support payments, without needing to go to all the tiresome bother of getting a court order. Reference

Good riddance to the lot of them.

However, it’s not as simple as that. This group of female Labour MPs, along with the disastrous Beverley Hughes, style themselves as the 'WAGs' (Women Against Gordon), and rather than spend more time with their families, they are instead plotting the downfall of the Prime Minister. Reference

Flint resigned in the huff last week claiming that Gordon Brown ‘uses’ the women in his cabinet as ‘female window dressing’. According to many news sources, the reason for this feminist conspiracy is apparently that Flint was passed over for promotion.

Flint was the Minister of State for Europe, and "On 31 March 2009 she admitted that she has not read the Lisbon Treaty, the controversial document which codifies the rules of the European Union. Critics described her admission as "extraordinary" and "unbelievable," particularly given that the minister's responsibilities include overseeing the introduction of the Treaty". Reference

In all likelihood, Gordon Brown realised that Flint was just crap at her job. If she can't do a relatively low-level ministerial job properly, can't even trouble herself to read a document, why does she think she should get promotion? But that is not politically correct. Gordon Brown obviously has a Problem With Women (TM).

“Asked if Brown had a problem with women, Flint told the Observer: 'I don't know. It would have been nice to have had more conversations about the policy areas I was involved with.

'But we didn't, so I don't know that. You've only got to look and see where women are in cabinet and where they aren't: and they aren't in positions of power, they aren't running spending departments. There's only Yvette [Cooper] now who's actually running a spending department.'

Flint claimed that women in Brown's government were used as 'a smokescreen, a way of making it look like you've got a lot of women around the table' without letting them influence anything.”

This is a remarkably disingenuous statement. Jacqui Smith was the Home Secretary – one of the four great offices of State – until last week, when she resigned.

The thing to notice about this group is that very few of them would even be MPs at all were it not for New Labour’s shameful policy of having women-only candidate short-lists. This is a blatant offence against democracy, and goes against the wishes of the vast majority of people in the country. All of these women were elevated to Parliament in the 1997 election as the so-called ‘Blair’s Babes‘. If we lived in a pure meritocracy, do you really think that Jacqui Smith would have been the Home Secretary? She has been an utter disaster. Not one of these women can hold a candle to the likes of Betty Boothroyd, Barbara Castle or Margaret Thatcher, all of whom had to enter Parliament the traditional way - through the front door, rather than being smuggled in the back way by Auntie Hattie when the voters weren't looking. They are mediocre, over-promoted nobodies. Yet the likes of Flint is still not happy. “I’m only the Secretary of State for Europe. That’s not fair! These men are picking on me! I want more!”

This intake of second-raters should be a lesson to us about the perils of 'positive discrimination'. We should always appoint the best person for the job, regardless of who they are. That was plainly not done in this case.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, and if there is no real scorn to be had, then just make some up.

This coven of self-serving parasites, most of whom have spent their time in Parliament ripping up off with their dodgy expenses claims and done very little else, have now decided to topple the government. It seems that they are determined to continue stirring the cauldron until Brown is forced out.

Ask yourself this: Who is likely to benefit from this?

“Conspicuously absent from the gatherings are two of Mr Brown’s closest allies in the Cabinet – Commons Leader Harriet Harman and Yvette Cooper, last week promoted to Work and Pensions Secretary.”

If Brown falls and there is a leadership election, one of the favourites to win will be Auntie Hattie. Could this be the real agenda? Everyone knows that she has wanted it for years. She has been suspiciously quiet of late, don’t you think?

If she wins, it will be something of a hollow victory. She can play the queen of her rapidly disintegrating sand-castle, sitting atop with the encroaching tide lapping around her stilettos, for another twelve months or so, before she has to call a General Election, when there is absolutely no question that New Labour is going to be comprehensively panned. In some ways I’m sorry that she wouldn't get longer. It would be interesting to watch the effects of five or ten years of radical feminist government. With only one year to play with they won’t have enough rope to hang themselves.

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