The blame shifters
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Gordon Brown 'penitent' after bigot gaffe torpedoes election campaign | Politics | The Guardian.
Gordon Brown is the right man to lead the Labour Party. He personifies its spirit of malicious irresponsibility. A true Labour person is someone for whom every problem is another's fault. Labour's scapegoats march in massed ranks and the party's creativity mainly expresses itself in devising new terms of political abuse.
Mrs Duffy, as some relieved Brown aides noted to the press, got off quite lightly. The remarks were not so much about her as about ascribing blame for exposing Brown to an awkward situation. He didn't say (and would never say, unless forced to apologise for political gain) that he messed up. Rather, he blamed the people who worked for him. Though leader of the supposed workers' party, he is in truth the worst kind of boss. According to the Guardian;
Morale in the Labour campaign slumped as even some of Brown's closest aides vented their fury at him, with one describing him as "a pathetic blame shifter"
Confronted about it on air, head self-pityingly in hands, his unguarded first response was to say he would never have allowed himself to be put in a situation where he would say something like that about someone. What does that even mean? Only that, in true Labour fashion, it was someone else's fault; the fault of some loyal employee whose reward was to be blamed.
A "bigot", to Brown, is anyone who does not mindlessly agree with the Labour Party. If Mrs Duffy was to be subject to public denunciation or private smear, she would be far more carefully categorised. Even now, as his campaign team search for dirt about this bemused old lady, they are aching to call her a racist; to negate her whole life with a single word. And why not? the technique has worked so well for so long that even Labour opponents like Iain Dale have adopted it. Why reason with someone you can cast into the political darkness with a word?The pathetic shifting of blame is what the Labour Party is for. After a lifetime of malicious smears of anyone who blocked his path, Gordon Brown no longer knows right from wrong. If, indeed, he ever did. In that too, he personifies his party. Built on envy, fuelled by malice and endlessly contemptuous of its own supporters it has now reached its nadir. Deliciously, it got here by choosing a leader with more of its ideological DNA than any before him. Surely its time is now over?
Jeremy, I still think what I thought when I posted this: http://bit.ly/8ZWOB5. I don't believe it was ever primarily an economic policy (though a liberal immigration policy for skilled workers would make sense economically). I think it was a deliberate attempt to change the nature of Britain by importing people from different civic and religious traditions, for whom such concepts as Liberty were not so important. I think it's worked. Not least because (as a Labour think tank had now admitted) all opposition was shouted down with accusations of racism (http://bit.ly/cK7I6L).
Posted by: Tom | Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 08:55 AM
As the policeman said when a speeding motorist asked why he had been stopped out of all others offending;
"When you go fishing, sir, did you ever catch ALL the fish?"
Let's club this one on the head and move swiftly on to catch the others.
Seriously though, it's a serious problem that UK politicians can't be frank and natural in public. Brown should have told the lady he thought her comments were a bit bigoted and coped with her response. He would have been no more embarrassed at the time than he was, but he would have come over as frank and brave, rather than a snivelling coward looking for others to blame.
"Gotcha" moments (like the Tory whose career is over because he said homosexuality is "not normal") are becoming more frequent. It's not changing how anyone thinks, it's just driving a wedge between politicians and the public they are supposed to represent. It's also reducing the supply of non-propeller-head candidates in a field where suitable human material is already in limited supply. Who wants a poorly paid and insecure career, which can be ended by one unguarded observation?
The Leftists invented political correctness to try to manipulate public debate. They have failed; it has just driven the discussion underground. I can almost excuse them, given how badly it's backfired, but I can't excuse those Conservatives who have also embraced it and cry "racist" or "homophobe" to stifle debate (or immediately fire anyone who has been denounced with one of the magic words).
Posted by: Tom | Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 05:40 AM
The reason I hardly ever read that blog was because I didn't discover it till late, not because I didn't want to read it.
I hope my earlier comment about it wasn't misleading.
Posted by: Kevyn Bodman | Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 04:56 AM
But what do you think other political leaders' attitudes are to the voters and their concerns?
I suspect that, in private, leading politicians come out with disrespectful comments about the electorate.
A few decades ago a Consrvative leader said that he would as soon take notice of his valet as of the party conference.(Or something like that.)
What do you think Nick Clegg says about those who oppose his policy of amnesty for illegal immigrants?
Or his desire for greater integration into the EU?
What do you think Cameron says about...
sorry,I can't think of a firm Cameron policy).
I'm glad Brown got caught, but I think his attitued to voters is probably shared by most leading politicians.
There used to be a blog, which I hardly ever read, called 'Their Contempt For You Is Total'
Include officials as well as politicians as 'they' with the public as 'you' and that is pretty accurate.
Posted by: Kevyn Bodman | Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 04:51 AM
What do you think is the ideology behind Labour's (allegded) mass immigration policy?
Posted by: Jeremy Jacobs | Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 12:15 AM