Thursday, January 26, 2006

Backs to the Wall

Not much to put up today as I’m just in from Westminster, having witnessed the implosion of the Liberal Democrats as a force in British Politics. Lots of tasteless jokes in circulation as you can imagine... “Don’t let the **** get you down” and “In the Liberal party, it’s best to keep your back against the wall.”

Now it’s a question of who picks up the tattered remains of the party in the years before the next election unless there’s some kind of miraculous resurrection. All this twenty-five years after the birth of the SDP, for which so many people, including me, as a speech writer for David Owen, had such high hopes.

It does seem a rather long time ago... in politics that is!

10 comments:

Nethercourt said...

That's that then...
Back to a two horse race... and one o' them a maiden. (No insinuation intended)

B of Birchington said...

They just don't get it do they?
It isn't a question of "sexuality" it is a question of "lying". What was it about scaring the horses? But just don't lie to me. Trust goes out of the window with lies.

Anon Also said...

All the parties have skeletons in their cupboards.

It's just that the Tories and the Tonies can afford stronger cupboards to keep theirs in.

Anon Also said...

All the parties have skeletons in their cupboards.

It's just that the Tories and the Tonies can afford stronger cupboards to keep theirs in.

Anonymous said...

Oops, apologies Dr. M., I must have hit the publish button twice. I blame this new wireless thingy.

Anonymous said...

Makes George Gallaway seem like a pussy cat

James Maskell said...

Is it really such a big thing that Hughes has been in these homosexual relationships? Hes never been married and it doesnt affect his ability to be an MP. As for the lying, yes, he should have just answered the question straight, but then is it any business of the publics to know? Why should the public know? Hughes isnt a paedophile so hes no risk to the public.

Coming out of the closet is a big thing to do, this being especially hard to do when you are a national politician standing for the leadership of a political party. Despite what we might want to think, homosexuality is still a semi taboo subject.

Lets not be too hard on Hughes here. He isnt actually hurting anyone here.

DrMoores said...

My own view is what consenting adults do behind closed doors is their own concern but politicians have to be sensitive to public opinion, whether this be George Galloway or Simon Hughes and in the moral climate that exists, homosexuality remains a taboo for a great many voters. In fundamental terms, the LibDems have declared for the pink vote and that, is how, the Sun Newspaper sees them and it's teh Sun which wins elections I'm sad to say.

Anon Also said...

As someone who's worked as a journalist in the national press and TV news, I can tell you there are many, many shocking things the media know, they just pick and choose their moments to print them. These 'revelations' usually come out when it suits their proprietor.

The Sun is the worst offender in that respect. We all know that it exists solely for the advancment of Mr R. Murdoch and his ideas. You have to ask yourself what Rupert has to gain from rubbishing the Lib Dems at this particular point in time.

Anonymous said...

Surely one's sexual orientation is a personal and private matter and it was entirely up to Simon Hughes when and if he was prepared to tell people he was homosexual. I am deeply saddened that media pressure forced him to declare his sexuality. As a Muslim I may be offended by homosexual sexual acts but if the law of England allows it then Mr Hughes has done no wrong. There are sodomites aplenty in the House of Commons. No one should be surprised to find yet another one.