Monday, May 04, 2009

Harpy Harperson: a wee bit confused?

A confused old lady, earlier today.

It seems that Harriet Harman is already backtracking.
Harriet Harman to fight for leadership if Gordon Brown is forced out

Harriet Harman, Labour's deputy leader, would block the coronation of a unity candidate and fight for the leadership of the party should backbenchers attempt to force Gordon Brown from office before the next General Election, The Daily Telegraph has learnt.

Which is something of a far-cry from her categorical statement earlier today.
"I don't want to be prime minister and I don't want to be leader of the party."

I wondered if she protested too much: it seems that she did.

Either that, or she is losing her tiny little mind. Which might be funny...

13 comments:

BenS said...

I remember a particularly funny segment of Question Time in October, I think, where Ian Hislop cornered Ms Harman and she just wouldn't deny wanting to run for the leadership if Brown were ousted.

I guess she's just doing what all politicians do.

Tim W said...

On the BBC article it has a pic of her changing the Telegraph headline - I think she was responding to it, rather than the Telegraph later contradicting her, though I may be wrong.

Screech said...

let's face it, from the outset of her declaring that she wouldn't, we all knew that she was going to.

Jon said...

Very astute politician there.

Also a shit public servant obviously.

I fancy Yvette Cooper. Up a tree. Outside my window. Might help house prices.

That's very important y'know.

Anonymous said...

They're like dogs fighting over vomit...

TheFatBigot said...

We must never ignore the fact that regardless of her politics (which I find detestable) Harriet really is pretty thick. She's been out of her depth in every government job she's had so it is hardly surprising she can't remember which lie she has told to whom.

marksany said...

Just because she says she doesn't "want" to be leader, doesn't mean she won't do her "duty" if the party asks her.

She's been careful with her words.

Mac the Knife said...

"Either that, or she is losing her tiny little mind. Which might be funny..."

That presupposes she had one to lose. I remain unconvinced...

Vicola said...

If the choice were between voting for a party led by Harman and being poked in the shins with sharpened cocktail sticks for a whole day, I would not hesitate to roll up my trouser legs and prepare for pain.

John East said...

Could anything be worse than having Brown as PM? Now we see that it can get worse.

Letters From A Tory said...

No doubt she'll dismiss her 'I do not want to be Prime Minister' quote as a sign of the times when it comes to the 2010 leadership battle that she will unquestionably enter.

Anonymous said...

I was travelling over the w/end, in hotels. Saw the headline on Sky News over breakfast, so switched the telly on back in my room. After the adverts, a couple of pundits commenting on the story and Labour’s plight.

Presenter to #1, a black American woman. “ this is your second UK election, what do you think”. Response “well, it’s got to the stage where everyone is out to get them out. I think it’s horrible”.

Presenter to #2, young white male airhead “ what do you see as the fault-lines ?”. Response “ well there’s the credit crunch, but I think it’s a generational thing. The people in power have been there for ...”

Hit the off button – phut! - less than 60 seconds into listing. A useful reminder of why I don’t bother with the MSM. Life’s too short. I mean WTF. No, seriously, WTFingF……etc.

UK Voter said...

Doesn't make any difference really. Whoever goes for party leader may end up in the position of temporary PM if it happens before an election and if it happens afterwards, no-one will be listening. So who cares?