Parliamentary Labour Members are furious at Harman for her statement that it was, “not part of Labour’s politics for somebody to be telling lies to get themselves elected”.
When calling for her to resign, I am forced to conclude that they were perfectly happy for lies to be deployed come election time! Are they on a parallel universe? Do they believe that the laws that they make don’t apply to them?
Labour MPs still don’t understand the gulf of trust opening up between them and the electorate. They are acting in the most arrogant of fashions. A little humility would be most appreciated at this time. I note none of these cowardly, disgraceful and arrogant Members has gone on the record! That speaks volumes in itself. Reports indicate that George Howarth, Stephen McCabe and David Watts were among them however. No surprise there then! Denis MacShane was absent as he is currently suspended but Kevin Barron apparently put up a bit of a defence of Harriet, well done on this occasion Kevin! Nothing yet on Wentworth & Dearne MP, John Healey’s views on the matter.
Harriet Harman spoke for all of us, when she repudiated what Woolas had been proved to have done. She should be congratulated, not denigrated by members of her own side! Shame on them!
Jack Dromey, the MP for Birmingham Erdington and Harriet Harman’s husband, said on the BBC’s Daily Politics show today,
“I think Ed Miliband and Harriet have done absolutely the right thing, It is no part of our politics to tell lies, to fan prejudice to win votes. What happened was wrong.”
“I’ve always believed in what I’ve called standing on the moral high ground. How we conduct ourselves is of the highest importance.”
Jack Dromey is obviously more plugged in to public sentiment that most of his colleagues who simply do not understand how bad it looks to the public, according to a YouGov poll published today. The people have little sympathy for Woolas. Only 7% in fact, with 71% agreeing with the courts decision!
It is also becoming apparent that the legal position is, to say the least, complicated! There may be no judicial avenues open to him after all, which will make yesterdays Speakers ruling that, as far as Parliament was concerned, the matter was Sub Judice look ill-advised and perhaps premature.
The Speaker’s wife’s recent twittering might also not be particularly helpful either. There are no real precedents to this Constitutionally difficult situation and I would have thought it might have been better for her to have refrained from her tweets.