Although the obsession of the legendarily foul mouthed Paul
Dacre and his obedient attack doggies has dimmed for the moment, taking the
campaign to damage Harriet Harman off the Daily
Mail’s front page for a couple of days, those on the right are taking the
opportunity to frame the story for their own political gain. This is especially
true of those totally lacking in principle.
(c) Doc Hackenbush 2014
That leads us to one uniquely shameless and unprincipled
individual, the loathsome Toby Young: for him, nothing is off limits when there
is a rotten lefty to kick. So, with a nod to his editor at the bear pit that is
Telegraph blogs – that would be
Damian Thompson, clueless pundit of no fixed hair appointment – Tobes has made
the linking of Ms Harman to a paedophile group his number one priority.
Thompson refers to Ms Harman as “Hattie
”, showing the patronising schoolboy style that he would not
dare use if ever she made the mistake of going anywhere near him. Then he
asserts she “defended paedophilia”
supported by no evidence at all. His post is couched in that “look-dear-don’t-shit-us-around-we-know-you-done-it-and-you-should-be-ashamed-so-fess-up-like-a-good-little-girl
This tees things up nicely for Tobes, who looks around for
copy that agrees with his point of view: “This
piece in the
[Mirror] is spot on
It’s an opinion item, Tobes. Try again? “New
evidence in the
Telegraph casts doubt
Very good, I showed yesterday
why that was
a heap of crap. “If Mail found links
between senior Tory and PIE that would be on
[the] front page
”. He just doesn’t get it, does he?
“Just watched Harriet
Harman’s interview ... why won’t she admit NCCL’s link with the PIE was a mistake ... as is
[Ed Miliband’s] decision to treat
revelations as a
Daily Mail smear. Political folly on a grand scale
NCCL did not “link
” with PIE. It was
the other way round. And, like the Mail’s attack of his late father, smear is
exactly what it is. Miliband is spot on, which is why he’s a party leader, and
Tobes, er, isn’t.
“Harriet Harman’s aid
[sic] has said she ‘regrets PIE’s
involvement with NCCL before she joined’. Actually it was before *and* during
They affiliated twice, did they? And what was the mechanism for NCCL to kick
them out? Well, come on Tobes, since you know everything about the business,
you must have the quick and easy answers? As well as being able to spell “aide
” properly, Mr School Governor.
Go on, one last heave: “The
attempt by Harman and others to spin this as a
Daily Mail ‘smear’ is ludicrous.
Private Eye has been pursuing this story for decades
And, as Jon Stewart might have said, two things here. One, the Eye
and the Mail
frame the business rather differently. And two, that does not
alter the fact that Dacre has ordered this attack in order to do some damage.
Toby Young knows this. But he joins in the kicking anyway. No change there, then.
What Toby fails to realise is that this goes way deeper than some tenuous link to three Labour politicians. He should read http://www.exaronews.com/channel/uk to see just how deep the rabbit hole goes, and it's all three main parties and not just Labour that are under investigation.
But he won't, because he does love a good politically-motivated rant, does our Tobes.
The Daily Mail went quiet about the Harman thing rather too quickly as well - have to wonder whether they were leant on by the Government, especially as Cameron didn't even raise it at PMQs (which he would have pounced on normally).
Yes, it was an odd omission by Dave at PMQs, I thought. Almost as if he was trying to steer clear of any discussion of links between senior politicians and paedophiles in Parliament, for some reason.
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