I hate being lectured by Louise Mensch, Nick Clegg and the Tory Press about anything, especially when I think they are right – but I think Diane Abbott should do the dignified thing and resign her post in the Shadow Cabinet.
I do not think Diane is a racist, and I am not apologist for the UK’s Colonial past either, but she made comments in a public forum that were appeared to be very wrong, and I am sorry that I do not believe the ‘official line’ that she was referring to the colonial past, reading the context does not really support that argument, though I appreciate that in her mind she could have been making that reference – but she is ‘Caesars wife, and must be beyond all suspicion’ – well that I is what I would hope.
I know I run the risk of being called a racist, but the truth is she made a mistake and that mistake is detracting from the message of Labour, not only that the fiasco is distracting from the other MP’s and personalities that are clinging onto their untenabe position, the worst comes to mind is Aidan Burley, MP from Cannock Chase who after being filmed and photographed attending a Nazi themed ‘Stag Party’ is clinging onto his seat for dear life. I am not suggesting any link between the two, apart from we have two MP’s having made a mistake and clinging onto their posts. The problem is that I cannot use one measure of public behaviour for a member of the Tory Party and another for a member of the Labour Party, it leaves me toothless when attacking Cameron’s inaction on Burley.
Not only are dual standards just plain wrong, but I am fed of Member of Parliament bringing the institution into disrepute, can we please have standards for public behaviour; and even if the Tory Party, or David Cameron, will not denounce Aidan Burley, or the Jeremy Clarkson ‘joke’ about shoot Stirkers in front of their families, I would hope the Labour Party would show the Tories how to act in a responsable and honourable way – I would hope. A .dressing down’ from Ed Milliband really doesn’t ‘cut it’ for me.
Whilst I will happily support the Labour agenda, I have gone past supporting ‘my party right or wrong’ – the last time I did that was back in 1984 with Michael Foot’s Labour Party Manifesto, otherwise known as ‘The Longest Suicide Note in History’; politics HAS to move on from the political point scoring, and has to talk doing what is ‘right’ and doing it; from what I have heard Diane Abbott is a great MP, and she certainly is not shy in articulating her beliefs, and I love her Left-WIng agenda, but this time she made a mistake and has to go.
The last Minister, that I can remember, that ‘did the honourable thing‘ was Lord Carrington over the Falklands War.
We do not need these stupid mistakes, it looks like amateur hour, we need to concentration the message about what Labour is going to do in office, and what the Tories are doing wrong, we need to be better than the Tories, because we are.