Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Cally's Kitchen on the Personal Abuse in Politics!

Worth a read and important for us all (Labour, Conservative, Lib Dem etc..) to read and take into account.
Personal favourite snippets of mine include:

"But even if something does; even if Mr. Blair is convicted under the 1925 Peerages Act and his Government's 2001(?) update of the 1925 Act, I shall feel very sorry for him and annoyed towards the crowers. Regarding the former, I remain to be convinced that Mr. Blair went into politics to play the system. Perhaps he turned the wrong way somewhere down his political path, but not at the beginning. Regarding the latter, even if Tony Blair was corrupt from the start, how can supporters of the Conservative Party think themselves able when their party was mired in scandal during the course of its rule? Surely this should induce a little compassion in them for the other side."

"Leaving to one side the issue of the 'New Labour project' doesn't this poster realise that as and when David Cameron win power, once his administration lasts for as long as Tony Blair's, he will have his own share of scandals? It happened before, it'll happen again. So why act so smugly towards Blair?
It is at times like this that I think that too many people regard politics as no more than a game of cat and mouse to be played without any respect for the opposition as people. But they are. And no doubt, like all other people, they can be hurt by unfair criticism. "

It's worth noting that the Dunadan is non Party political (a stance met with suspicion by party activists, but is true in his case, as I can vouch as a friend of nearly ten years standing)


the dĂșnadan said...

It doesn't change the meaning of my post, but just in case anyone thought you were quoting me inaccurately, I thought I would mention that I have just edited the post. Of the section you quoted, the italicised words have been added, 'how can supporters of the Conservative Party think themselves able to crticise him so freely when...'

Paul Burgin said...

Fair enough!

Shaun (ed.) said...

I think the schadenfreude that Tory supporters experience over Labour sleaze arise from the fact that Labour's landslide victory in 1997 was heavily based on an anti-sleaze ticket and the promise to be 'whiter than white' and 'purer than pure'.
It's a sort of "you used sleaze against us, but you're actually worse, you hypocrites" feeling.

Paul Burgin said...

Does that make it right though!

Louise said...

No, it doesn't make it right. But when you consider how sanctimonious (sp?) particularly Blair and Prescott were about Tory sleaze it's particularly understandable.

By the end of the Major government there was such a clamour for sleaze stories from the media, encouraged by certain leading members of the Labour Party it didn't matter who got hurt. And Blair and Prescott lapped it up - remember the 1996 Prescott speech or the pledge to be "whiter than white"?

It was the Labour Party who promised that things can only get better - and implicit in that was the behaviour of politicians. When hypocrisy is highlighted the hypocrites have to expect to be criticised

Shaun (ed.) said...

Does that make it right though!

It depends. It's is the opposition's democratic duty to point out government abuses and misuses of power and finance, but personal ad hominem abuse should of course be avoided.

On the question of private life/sexual sleaze, I don't really know. I'm not a moral puritan, but there must surely be a public trust issue if a politician is prepared to betray the trust of his or her spouse. On the other hand, some of the most reknowned politicians in history were known to be serial adulterers.