Monday, 28 June 2010

Diane Abbott’s sillyquotes (no. 3)

Diane decided to make an analogy using infanticide, and BBC News has told me all about it.   
 The honest truth is that if this government were to propose the massacre of the first-born, it would still have no difficulty in getting it through the Commons.   

This corker refers to the Labour Government in 1998 shortly after their landslide victory in 97. Mrs Abbott makes reference to the huge majority of about 180 that Labour had at the time, meaning that it was very easy for the Government to pass legislation.   

I think she's right to raise the issue of large majorities and the dangers of too much power vested in the hands of the Prime Minister, but she can't really be saying that on election night she sat sobbing, crying out in anger that there  weren't more Tory MPs.

[caption id="attachment_977" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="She said in 1998 that her colleagues would vote for the murder of children, but over a decade later, she's still an MP for that same party."][/caption]

More importantly, why did she use this very strange analogy? She appears to suggest that Labour MPs are so lacking in moral fibre and personal conviction that they would vote for the death of millions of innocent children. Whilst Labour has many detractors, I doubt you'd find even the most staunch opponent of the party that they would actually propose and vote for infanticide. This is the kind of self-righteous drivel Abbott uses to put herself on a moral pedestal over her colleagues. I'm all for MPs speaking out against things their party does that they disagree with, but if she really thinks Labour MPs would vote for mass-murder, maybe she should have the balls to leave it and stand as an independent or for a party she actually agrees with occasionally. Heaven forbid she'd get some moral courage: she stands in a safe Labour seat and having the conviction to stand for another party would almost certainly result in her losing her seat. Since she's not willing to do that, a little bit of respect for her fellow Labour MPs wouldn't go amiss, rather than her always trying to rub in how superior she is.  

As with all good Diane Abbott quotes, this one also highlights her hypocrisy. She whined about the massive Labour majority, but does she believe in proportional representation? No, no she does not.

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