Harman again exposes Labour’s spiteful underbelly

One can excuse people who make disparaging remarks about others for whom they have real antipathy – provided the comments relate to the essence of the person’s character, integrity, honesty, ability or similar quality. After all I did just that about David Cameron yesterday.

But one cannot excuse those who engage in namecalling and abusive comments relating to someone’s personal identity or physical attributes. Such actions are the preserve of the mean spirited and the vicious.

Perhaps it is no surprise that Labour’s deputy leader, Harriet Harman, has engaged in such spiteful abuse by describing Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, a ‘ginger rodent’. What has Alexander’s physical attributes got to do with his politics or ability? Attack the man for being deceitful if he is, attack him for being incompetent if he is, but leave his ethnicity, skin colour, hair colour and the things he has no control over out of it.

There is a particularly nasty streak among many of Harman’s fellow travellers in the Labour movement. They have a habit of using a person’s identity or physical characteristics as a key element in the attacks they construct. It tells us a great deal about how their minds work and the depth of the contempt they have for people who deign to disagree with them. Is that really the kind of person we want as part of this country’s supposed leadership?

6 Responses to “Harman again exposes Labour’s spiteful underbelly”

  1. 1 Nick P 30/10/2010 at 2:22 pm

    I agree with Harman but for different reasons.

    e- mail me for more info on Danny Boy and his campaign to unseat Conservstive MPs through his fake grass roots orgainsation called Power 2010

  2. 2 George Meredith 30/10/2010 at 3:12 pm

    Does that mean we can’t call Danny Alexander ‘Beaker’ anymore?

    Spoilsport! There’s a lot to be said for common abuse.

  3. 3 cornyborny 30/10/2010 at 5:33 pm

    “Is that really the kind of person we want as part of this country’s supposed leadership?”

    No. Next question?

  4. 4 cornyborny 30/10/2010 at 5:43 pm

    To expand a little, I figure people in “the Labour movement” have a habit of attacking people in this way because:

    1) they are wrong on pretty much every point so factual argument is avoided at all costs;

    2) they categorise people according to their position in leftist-defined pigeon holes, rather than thinking of people as individuals;

    3) this trait is a fundamental part of their psychological and/or ideological makeup; it essentially constitutes what passes for their worldview. All the ass-backward aims and policies that the left farts out simply follow on from this.

    Massively bigoted hypocrites, in short. And to top it off they have the gall to lecture the long-suffering public on ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’.

  5. 5 Richy 31/10/2010 at 3:32 pm

    Harriet the Hag would be better off keeping her trap shut

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