Diane Abbott – quick take

Wiggia sent me an unfortunate pic of Dianne Abbott [and I do humbly apologize to readers for offending them with this in the post] with a comment:

I was listening to the Today program this morning whilst having breakfast and commented to my wife that there seems to be every year the same ridiculous money wasting schemes after Christmas regarding food, alcohol, whatever, when on comes DA spouting exactly that; I nearly choked on my toast.

She came on criticising the proposed new healthy eating policy being set out by the government,claiming “it wasn’t going far enough to help people”. Whom could she have in mind ?

There are times you really couldn’t make it up.

Best I don’t get started on this parachutee.

4 comments for “Diane Abbott – quick take

  1. Sue
    January 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    She was tweeting some healthy eating rubbish the other day. I told her in no uncertain terms the irony of her ways! (I called her obese šŸ™‚

    She didn’t answer me. She’s obviously got skin like a walrus as well as looking like one.

  2. Athelstan
    January 2, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Champion of state schools, sends her kids to private school – whack job fully paid up Lab’ waste of space hypocrite – aren’t they all?

  3. January 3, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Ah, yes. Diane. Forgive this slight tangent but for a long time I’ve felt that the problem with voter apathy should not be tackled with talk of compulsory voting but with talk of losing MPs. I don’t just mean a ‘None of the above’ option to reject all candidates, which forces the parties to bring in a fresh lot if ‘None of the above’ gets the most votes. I mean having to get by with no MP at all until the next election if the majority of the electorate didn’t bother to vote at all, which I think would either encourage more to vote once they’ve been without representation for a while or encourage more not to vote if life without a local MP turns out to be virtually indistinguishable from life with one. And one of the reasons for this was finding out that a significant number of well known MPs were in seats, many of them pretty safe seats for one or other party (usually Labour), had been elected on turnouts smaller than 50%. You’ll have guessed by now that this includes the TV star (would it be ungentlemanly to mention wide screens?) and honourable member for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, Diane Abbott. In 2001 she, along with 61 others including such names as Margaret Hodge, Frank Field, Sion Simon, Clare Short, Harriet Harperson, ‘Gorbals Mick’ Martin, Frank Dobson, Malcolm Rifkind, John Prescott, Alan Johnson, Hilarity Benn, Andy Burnham, Gerald Kaufman, Yvette Cooper, Hazel Blears, David Blunkett, David Millivanilliband, James Purnell and Kate Hoey, was elected despite the majority not being interested in any of the people who stood, and she was one of 38 in 2005. Yes, I did have to look at all 600+ constituencies to find that out – that was nearly 2 years ago and I didn’t go through them all again after the 2010 election, but in fairness to Ms (‘Ms’ is a safe bet, I reckon) Abbott turnout for that shot up by about 15,000, two thirds of whom voted for her. Whether that means that the constituency is full of Labour voters who can only be bothered to vote if they think the Tories might win or whether a lot of electoral fraud took place and a fair number of the ten thousand extra votes for Ms Abbott were from non-existent people I have no idea. But I’m pretty sure that the last decade of British politics would have looked very different if Monday 11th June 2001 and seen her, 59 of her Labour colleagues and two Tories all out looking for real jobs (or more probably sucking up to someone for a peerage or SpAD job šŸ™„ ).

    • January 3, 2012 at 7:49 am

      I’m going to steal much of this comment as a quote because that issue of Say No 2 the Big 3 is affected and it was about time to kick off. That’s right that they’ll just replace candidates who’ll be the same. Don’t vote? But then the Abbotts and Harmans still get in. Besides, much of the population tribal votes.

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