Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Hara-Kiri Harman 2

Author's Note: The author of this post is not "The Devil's Kitchen"

Harriet Harman is at it again. Or, at least, she would have been if Gordon Brown hadn't put a stop to her latest ploy (Telegraph).

Amid extraordinary scenes last week, the Prime Minister had to intervene to stop an attempt by the Labour MP Emily Thornberry [a "close ally" of Harman, pictured left] to extend abortion laws to Northern Ireland, where the practice has never been legal.

Legalisation of abortion in NI is of course strongly opposed by many Catholics, and so this is just the sort of publicity the Labour party needed prior to the crucial by-election in East Glasgow in two weeks' time, the loss of which would make the Gobblin' King's position even more untenable than it is already. Er...
One Labour MP said: "The decision to postpone Monday's vote was widely seen as having been taken with the Glasgow East by-election in mind because loads of voters there are Catholics".

No shit, Sherlock. Regardless of your views on the issues surrounding abortion, surely it doesn't take a genius to figure out that making such a proposal at this moment in time is somewhat less than politically astute - at least from the point of view of New Labour!

I know, I know, Hanlon's Razor* should preclude it. But surely even Happy Harriet** can't be this dumb. Could it be that she has her eyes on the top job, and saw this as a way of bringing about the loss of Glasgow East and perhaps thereby toppling Brown?


IMAGE: BBC
* "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity"
** Spoof blog. Very funny. Recommended.

8 comments:

Exile said...

Just for the record, the Unionists are equally opposed to abortion. Just about the only thing that unites Prods and Papes is a deep social conservatism.

Budgie said...

Opposition to a woman being Prime Minister may be based on "deep social conservatism, but opposition to abortion is based on science, and a liberal, if not libertarian, respect for human life.

leg-iron said...

I have no objection to a woman Prime Minister, as long as she's not drawn from the current crop of self-important vermin.


I don't think it was a Harman plot either. I think they really are that stupid.

patrick said...

Oh DK... She be dumb.. But i assume you knew that...

Ian_QT said...

@patrick: I (Ian_QT) wrote the above post, not DK.

John B said...

"but opposition to abortion is based on science, and a liberal, if not libertarian, respect for human life."

Sorry, I appear to have just died laughing.

On the original post, could we not possibly come to the conclusion that Thornberry believes in extending women's right to choose, rather than that this is a nefarious (or even a stupid) plot?

Henry Crun said...

John B, we probably can surmise that Ms Thornberry believes just that. However, Ms Thornberry appears blissfully unaware of the deal done with the Ulster Unionists to buy their vote for the 42 days detention thing. Arses and elbows, john, arses and elbows.

Mark Wadsworth said...

Happy Harriet was democratically elected deputy leader on the basis that she was the one that fewest people disliked.

Highly cunning. Why shouldn't she become PM on the same basis? It'll only be for a year or two.