Saturday, May 27, 2006

Homeless Jack

According to a headline in a newspaper today, Jack Straw is homeless, having lost his grace and favour accomodation along with his job as Foreign Secretary, to Margaret Beckett.

It hasn't yet been confirmed whether "Homeless Jack", who is said to have opposed the Prime Minister's plan for Iraq, will soon be on a train to Margate but should you happen to see him on the Northdown road begging for the price of a cup of tea and a copy of the New Statesman, be generous!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Or perhaps refer him to the offices of Thanet North Conservative Association for tea and sympathy - oh no, I forgot, they only entertain and employ convicted criminals. Best go and look out Jonathan Aitken or Jeffrey Archer - the well-known Tory felons - and send them along instead. Would make a lovely window display.

DrMoores said...

You obviously have a deep seated emotional problem with the NTCA and its employment practises which I suspect places you in a minority. Have you considered seeking professional help?

Anonymous said...

Sad and worrying that you feel that those who have views that are opposed to yours are in need of treatment. That is so reminiscent of views held by some in a different time and in a different part of Europe.

DrMoores said...

Not at all. Simply that your remarks suggest that your need to express such antipathy in this manner indicates a deeper-seated problem that is in need of conflict resolution.

Anonymous said...

Anon of 2.50 - at least you have a sense of humour, seems to be rather lacking in other posts on this topic.
Of course getting rid of one deepseated problem might happen at the next Election if Roger loses (LOL), can't see much chance of that happening to be honest.
Although I am not of his political persuasion I must say I don't find him a bad MP by any means.
He is very approachable which is more than you can say for Ladyman, who is of my political persuasion but I don't like or respect.

Anonymous said...

Why is it anon of 2;50pm, that as a good old fashioned 60s style socialist( or even perhaps an ex Socialist Revolutionary Party member?) you have such prejudice against a released time served ex-criminal who has been given the chance by an MP to rehabilitate and thus has become a productive hardworking member of society again? This seems to me to be an odd stance to take for someone obviously committed to bettering the lot of the downtrodden classes. You can't get more downtrodden than being an ex-inmate of prison can you?

James Maskell said...

"they only entertain and employ convicted criminals."

A very bold statement. Do you have any evidence to back that up, or is this just a sad joke by someone trying to get a rise...I suspect the latter.

Anonymous said...

The good news for you James is that (from other topic) when you refuse to get an ID card and then get convicted you can go to work for Roger in the party office as part of your rehab.
Who knows where this may lead? Maybe to the very Houses of Parliament which we know is your ambition - and rightly so.
Keep up the good work and I'll be voting for you next year if you stand against Charlie Young.

Anonymous said...

How strange, James Maskell, that all you blue rinses find it acceptably funny to make cheap jokes against Jack Straw, but recoil in horror when the same is directed at either Gale or his local Tory association. How the Little Britain fetes represent life in this part of the world.

James Maskell said...

The Government wont prosecute everyone who refuses to have anything with ID Cards. Its unrealistic. They cant even prosecute real criminals! The Identity Cards Act does not fulfil the manifesto pledge of last year, as Labour claims, as it is not a truly voluntary scheme.

As for a Parliamentary career, you never know. At the moment though, I have no plans for such a political move. My plans are purely Council-based. Thanks for the pledge.

Ive not made any cheap jokes at Jack Straws expense, nor has anyone else on this site. In any case, I think Jack Straw was right in standing up to Blair over Iran.

Anonymous said...

James "the great defender" Maskell

If the top headline and comment from the illustrious Dr. Blogger is not “having a go “ I don’t what is .
None so blind as do not won’t to see

James Maskell said...

Thats a nickname I can live with! Its a light-hearted post, a pretty tame one as far as political humour goes. I certainly dont think its "having a go". Jack Straw was replaced by Margaret Beckett, thus Jack Straw must move out...

DrMoores said...

I suspect that someone has had his sense of humour surgically removed. What you read here in terms of political comment or satire is much tamer and more restrained than anything you might read in the national press. The Sun and the Mirror being but tow examples.

Anonymous said...

Did you see the Mail on Sunday today - boy are they having a pop at Deputy PM Prescott!
Blair is off on a junket abroad and has left DPM to run country - instead of which he disappears with a few cronies to his very expensive race and favour country house and plays croquet all afternoon!
What can you say?
Time he went.

Anonymous said...

Dr Moores, you seem to have a highly selective sense of humour. When you are taking potshots at Labour politicians, you call it satire, and try to say it is no more than is appearing in the general press and is "entertainment". When someone does the same about the local Tory Party, you cry foul and offensively suggest that they need some sort of professional help. Double standards and double-speak, I think.

Of course you are not seeking to entertain. You deliberately add sometimes witty and satirical but more often than not gratuitously and unnecessarily insulting snipes at Labour politicians around a supposedly factual news story you choose to display to further your own political views, which are clearly very "blue". There is nothing wrong with that, but be honest about your motives and intentions. Those intentions are made perfectly clear when you react so sharply to someone choosing to attack the people and organisations precious to you. There is an obvious theme and intent that runs through most of your posts on this site. Again, no problem with that; it is your site after all. But just be honest about what you are doing.

Mr Maskell, if you are seeking a political career within the Tory Party, then of course you must keep in with those who are currently in positions of influence and power locally, but recognise that if/when you face a public ballot, you must persuade a wider "constituency" of people and opinion. Your inclination to rush to the defence of your colleagues locally will do you no personal favours in the wider arena.

Labour politicians are fair game. The local Tory Party, and their MP, are also fair game. Potshots over the Kennedy story are NOT at Mrs Kennedy, but at the MP, who appears to have been guilty of double standards, double speak and hypocrisy. The story is now behind us, but your, and Dr Moores' rather precious attitude towards "satire" extracted from it will continue to keep it alive.

James Maskell said...

Perhaps Little John forgot his schedule and was too scared to go near his diary secretary for fear of the consequences? Its not beyond the realms of possibility!

James Maskell said...

No, I dispute that anon 5:34pm. The accusation about Roger Gale employing criminals stems from that story. As Ive said before to the person who made the accusation on this thread "Do you have any evidence to back that up". If not, they should withdraw their remarks. Its spiteful. Theres a vast difference between comments about a former secretary of state moving out of office (made in jest as readers of the weblog will know) and the comment made about Roger Gale.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry Mr Maskell, but you are fundamentally wrong and I profoundly disagree with you. The story about Gale is true - he employed an ex-offender (fine, no problem with that) whose offence had been to aid illegal immigrants (not fine, as Gale has taken such a strong stance on immigration issues over time). The actions of the person who leaked the story - a Tory official I believe - may have been spiteful, but making satirical comment out of it is no more spiteful than Dr Moores joke - echoed by you - about Jack Straw. It just does not suit your political presentation to admit this.

Incidentally, against the truth of the Gale story, there is no truth in the Straw one. He has a private home in London, so will not be homeless.

James Maskell said...

Youve taken everything you know about that story from the Gazette. Believe what you will. I assure you though, the Gazette is not a bastion of truth and impartiality. The Gazette didnt even want a joint interview with Roger Gale about it on local radio to discuss the story. I think that says it all.

To be honest, this thread has passed its sell by date and is best left alone now.

Anonymous said...

The John Prescott business is also past its sell-by date, yet you chose to make a joke over it just now. Where will it all end I wonder.......

Anonymous said...

How refreshing to have a really old fashioned socialist on Thanetlife. The discussion above beats the Council of Nicea discussing how many angels could sit on the tip of a needle!
You guys are never going to agree so why not just agree to disagree. I'm afraid my main concern over the Gale "con" story was the victim, a lag trying to rebuild her life. Jack Straw did a reasonable job at the Foreign Office and has had to move out of a 'Stately Home'( a reminder that even good socialists can enjoy the perks of power). As for poor old Prescott, he will continue to be a laughing stock until he resigns and settles into back-bench obscurity. A quiet discrete affair that comes to light is quite different to knee-tremblers with one of your junior staff in your office; any good socialist would understand that?