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