All MPs were recently sent a copy of George Orwell's 1984.
It appears to be a fresh stunt by those who want to bring smoking back into pubs. A note with the book vainly tries to draw a comparison between a very popular health reform with the terror methods of Big Brother. It's irksome for the inveterate smoker to use designated areas but it is hardly torture by rats.
The point fails because of gross exaggeration. I have not noticed any political party raising the battle cry, 'Put the stink back into pubs.'
Yes, that was precisely why we sent it: it was to get smoking back into pubs and not to carry any other message—such as the fact that Privacy International rates Britain as "an endemic surveillance society"—whatso-fucking-ever. Well done, Paul: you've rumbled us.
Still, it is very interesting to see how the blogging MPs have mapped their own prejudices onto the receipt of this book, eh?
- For Tom Harris, it was all about Islamic terrorism.
- For Kerry MacCarthy, it was an opportunity to wheel out her ill-informed views on protitution.
- And for Paul Flynn, it's all about the smoking ban.
Do these people ever leave their own obsessions alone? These self-regarding sods keep fiddling with their own personal hobby-horses, like a pubescent boy who's discovered that stroking his "winky" feels nice.
Never mind, let's indulge one of my hobbies and have a look at Paul Flynn's voting record, shall we?
- Voted against a transparent Parliament.
- Voted strongly for introducing a smoking ban.
- Voted a mixture of for and against introducing ID cards.
- Voted a mixture of for and against introducing foundation hospitals.
- Voted moderately against introducing student top-up fees.
- Voted moderately for Labour's anti-terrorism laws.
- Voted very strongly against the Iraq war.
- Voted a mixture of for and against an investigation into the Iraq war.
- Voted very strongly against replacing Trident.
- Voted strongly for the hunting ban.
- Voted very strongly for equal gay rights.
So, Paul is against our international endeavours but does really like dictating to the people of this country how we should be allowed to live our lives. Oh, and let's also note that, on top of his £61,000 salary, Paul decided to spent an extra £140,000 of our money on expenses last year.
Tell me, are these people being wilfully obtuse or are they really this fucking stupid and corrupt?