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Hypocrisy, thy name is Labour

The Paul Flowers affair confirms it: 2015 will be a dirty election | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Here's a simple thought experiment for all leftists feeling aggrieved at the 'smear' that crystal meth user Paul Flowers, late of the Co-op Bank (lender to the Labour Party and donor to Ed Balls) is one of their own. What if he had been a lifelong Tory? What if his bank funded the Conservative Party and made donations to George Osborne? What if he had been doing lines of coke at Barclays, rather than meth at the Co-op? What would you be saying now?

All arms of the Labour 'movement' (including the Co-op, which co-founded the Labour Party) have been smearing and denigrating political opponents since the party's creation. Consider Nye Bevan's characterisation of Conservatives as "lower than vermin." Consider the vicious, misogynistic way in which they spoke of Margaret Thatcher. Consider the constant references to the behaviour of current Cabinet members as young men in the entirely frivolous Bullingdon Club, while laughing off the involvement in their youth of prominent Labour men with the British Communist Party; an organisation actively engaged in treason.

The Labour Party is an organisation founded on hatred and dedicated to expropriation by force (under the euphemism of 'redistribution'). It has no right to complain at full use being made of the exposure of one of its own for what many of them are; hypocrites on the make.


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james higham

No argument here.


Anyone who wants to go into politics under current circumstances is likely to be more than averagely despicable. Its attractions are in practical terms identical to those of the Mob, except that joining organised crime involves rather more personal risk and commitment.

The motives of someone wanting to join an organisation that spends more than half of the nation's production (wrested by force from the producers) and that has the power to borrow massively against the future earnings of others are almost always going to be dubious. Hence the nastiness of the average politician's response to anyone who comes into politics to scale down the state.


Just because a person speaking the truth is a hypocrite, does not negate the truth of what they say.

The current crop of Tories are fairly despicable-but so is the current crop of Labourites.

Sam Duncan

“Smear”? Conflating the Co-Operative Association with the Co-Operative Party? “Smear” suggests a shaky foundation for the allegations, and it was Mr. Flowers himself who boasted, in his drug-addled state, that he'd put one over “those Tory cunts”. You'd have to be as out of your head as he was to imagine that the man is some kind of innocent, impartial, victim of political entrapment.

No, that won't wash at all. Politics is a dirty game (which is why there should be a damn sight less of it) but Flowers was playing it - badly, as it turned out - as hard as anyone.

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