Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Nadine Dorries Vs Alex Hilton

I really didn't want to get involved in this mud fight. Alex shouldn't have done it (there are other ways of tackling the Tories on this issue and what he did was indefensible), and I am not exactly a fan of Nadine Dorries.
But I will take exception to Dorries' comment that I suppose one wouldn’t expect anything else from the researcher of a Labour MP. I was never a researcher myself, but I was an Intern and having friends who are or have been researchers I can tell you that a lot of them are decent people who care about the people their MP represents and how this country is run. Sweeping statements like that, esp when legal issues fly in the air helps no one.
As for Alex, he is quite a passionate Labour activist. I have worked with him in Hilary Benn's campaign team for the Deputy leadership and he is a likeable person with a certain degree of genius, even if he sometimes lets his passion against the opposition get the better of him. That said, I do share his anger towards the casual racism that pervades some areas of the Conservative Party.
I sincerely hope both sides sort this out a.s.a.p. as this sort of situation serves no political benefit for Alex, Nadine Dorries, or the political parties we inhabit.


Man in a Shed said...

What do you mean "there are other ways of tackling the Tories on this issue " ?

Are you accusing Tories of being racist ?

On Alex - he's a very clever fellow. So clever that he can support Socialism in his mind despite all the evidence that it actually crushes the poor, destroys the human spirit and leads to economic destitution and moral destruction.

Still it pays his wages - so at least he's ok - unless he pays them into the Northern Rock or has any children that is.

Paul Burgin said...

I am not accusing the Tories per se of being racist, although there are some individual groups within the Conservatives who are, if not racist, are rather thoughtless in their approach to race issues.
As for the cruelty of socialism, well one could also argue about the damage unfettered capitalism does!