Friday, February 06, 2009

Hazel: Correct again

I don't want to get into the habit of this, but it needs saying: Hazel Blears is absolutely correct again.

On George Moonbat:

"Being called a coward by someone who has never dared test his or her opinions, values and personal attributes at the ballot box is always something I find amusing. You don't get very far in politics without guts, and certainly not as far as the cabinet table. Monbiot has to my knowledge never stood for office. I might have had more respect for his views if he had followed in his family tradition of service to the Conservative party, rather than joining the "commentariat" - wielding great influence without accountability."

One of the best blog comments I've seen since I started writing stuff here was this one: "Philosophers have only interpretted the world. The point is to complain about it."

8 comments:

Mike said...

The first page of comments was unanimously negative. (I didn't read further.) Why is that? Because people don't like politicians, in general?

Wonder how many of the commenters express their opinions to their local MP? I'm guessing none.

mikeovswinton, just ponderin' said...

Hazel Blears; female and Northern. Can't help but think that at least part of the flak she gets from my ever so lefty and right on friends, and from the metropolitan commentators, actually stems from the conjunction of these two factors.

Niall said...

I think you are on to something here mike although don't forget he is also ginger.

Paulie said...

0/10 for observation there Niall. I think you need to give Hazel's biog the once-over... ;-)

ivan007 said...

Thing is, she's only right in a very limited sense. She claims guts - and no doubt she has them. But will only have used them internally within the Labour party, not to actually get elected. Because of course you can't get elected in this country by being interesting or with guts - only by toeing the party line. And although I think she has guts, I think her key courage has been the courage to mercilessly arselick.

Paulie said...

It's a halfway fair point Ivan. But there's a fair bit of moral courage needed so succeed in a political party (infinitely more than in being a columnist). It's not all just kiss-ass either.

The aggregated pressure within a political party to take responsibility for a position you take can be huge.

ivan007 said...

OK Paul, let's take this further. Monbiot comes back at Blears today in the Guardian. He makes my point, with evidence, that Blears toes the party line with total efficiency - 100%. That's my view of her - that she is a 'useful idiot'. In this she cannot be said to have courage. She pops up all the time in the media defending all sorts of government positions - no doubt this requires some sort of courage, as these positions are generally pretty unpopular. But her view of life seems to be that success within her party is more important than principled positions on anything. Which is almost precisely the opposite of Monbiot's position on life. Which is no doubt why they don't agree. But which position do you take? Can it be true that someone who is a writer, who analyses politics from outside, is a coward and would be more useful (or braver) if they stood for election? We wouldn't get very far in life if everybody who had a view had to stand for election to prove that they had a right to their positions, would we?

Matthew Cain said...

I actually don't agree with Blears' attack. But Monbiot's response was cheap and simplistic: http://blog.matthewcain.co.uk/in-defence-of-hazel-blears/