Tory MP tries to turn Corby into Belfast

Wannabe high profile Tory MP for Corby, Louise Mensch, has sparked yet another row. This time in the town itself by raising concerns about the Corby Loyalist Flute Band leading the Remembrance Day parade.

Mensch has co-signed a letter with Corby’s Mayor Gail McDaid to the Royal British Legion asking for all sectarian elements of the day to be removed in future and for all sectarian symbols to be removed this year. Suffice to say the Legion and a surprised local community have not taken this needless bit of interference well.

The chairman of the Corby branch of the Royal British Legion, Mick Evans, told the local Evening Telegraph:

Corby people have always supported the Legion and they are behind us 150%. The MP has lit a powder keg for no reason.

Some of those leaving comments on the newspaper’s website are speculating that Mensch has made an issue of the band because of her family’s Catholicism. Regardless, an otherwise unremarkable and uncontroversial local tradition has been needlessly turned into a political issue, because of her desire to be seen to be doing something in a town she is alien to, while wanting to be seen cooperating with a local Labour Mayor.

Rather than the solution to a problem, the ruthlessly ambitious Louise Mensch is once again the cause of yet another one.

15 Responses to “Tory MP tries to turn Corby into Belfast”


  1. 1 Peejos 23/09/2011 at 5:56 pm

    A cow in a china shop methinks ~ she’s going to leave a trail of disasters behind her before the electorate wake up. Unless of course the Boy King takes a fancy to her: promotion to a cabinet post would damn the whole feckless crew.

  2. 2 Patrick Harris 23/09/2011 at 7:02 pm

    It’s what happens when MPs are chosen by the partry HQ and parachuted into unknown territory.
    I heard that when more women were brought into politics, the world would be a safer place. my eye.
    If the Btitish Legion and the people of Corby allow this to happen then they deserve all they will be getting in the future.

  3. 3 Sam Duncan 23/09/2011 at 7:23 pm

    More like Glasgow. There’s a lot of Jocks in Corby, apparently. Which is probably why they have a flute band in the first place. (To some of us, the bagpipes sound just as much like a dying cat as they do to the rest of you: it’s the flutes and drums that really stir the heart. ‘Course, you’re not allowed to say so…)

  4. 4 jameshigham 23/09/2011 at 7:30 pm

    This Mensch now has a number of strikes against her and one wonders about where she’d going to end up. As a Dorries?

  5. 5 The Gray Monk 23/09/2011 at 8:46 pm

    One word. Moron! Damned idiot is taking her PC credentials a step too far. I’m surprised she hasn’t asked for the exclusion of religious symbols…

  6. 6 mikemUK 23/09/2011 at 9:29 pm

    Let us hope that the Royal British Legion stand firm as their predecessors would have done and that the good people of Corby, irrespective of their particular religious flavour, turn out in numbers on the day to support them.

    Divisive political or religious stunts have no place on our national Remembrance Day – only respect for those fallen for our country.

    @ jameshigham – end up? Hopefully deselected, she gives her party a bad name.

  7. 7 Martin 24/09/2011 at 9:18 am

    This ghastly woman is my MP, although as I wasn’t living here at the time of the last election I can’t be blamed.

    I knew before I came here (a village near Corby) that lots of Scots moved here before WW2 when the steel plant was built but was very surprised by the number of younger people with Scottish accents, so population movement is still taking place even though the original reason has disappeared: must be the combination of lots of decent “working-class” jobs , very low house prices and relatives.

    I’m not aware of any sectarian issues: evil woman wants to create some.

  8. 8 oxonmoron 24/09/2011 at 10:11 am

    No doubt she also has impeccable green credentials.

  9. 9 Andy Baxter 24/09/2011 at 10:49 am

    you only have to look at her smug self satisfied leer on her picture (no need to research her biography) to know that she has never done a proper real life days work in her life…..another career politician endowed with self righteous ‘divine right’ to rule over us small-folk.

    Yet again another typical example of the vacuous self aggrandising cowardly sub standard dross that inhabits Westminster, supposedly there to represent the views and labour for the benefit of the constituents she so obviously loathes….she oozes and drips condescension.

    come the Revolution…..and it can’t come quick enough

  10. 10 peter geany 24/09/2011 at 12:23 pm

    Another reason we need primary’s. All Cameron’s dross about local people controlling local issues, and he imposes this air head on the people of Corby. Her “type” of both the male & female variety fill far to many important corporate managerial positions as well.

  11. 11 suedenimon 24/09/2011 at 11:43 pm

    The good people of Corby should put her at the head of the march…out of town tied to a rail and tarred and feathered…its good to keep the old traditions alive eh! (completely non sectarian of course, use feathers from birds of any religious persuation)

  12. 12 Dead Dog Bounce 25/09/2011 at 1:38 am

    I’d be careful here.

    She’s one to watch, if her form on the Morgan thing is anything to go by. With Morgan, she was either fantastically lucky/stupid, or fantastically cunning. She specifically made a false accusation (and with Morgan, it would not have been tricky to make a true allegation) which IMO was planned to bait Morgan. Morgan bit.

    If I read this correctly, she’s a controversialist of a type we haven’t seen in parliament at least in recent times: easy on the eye, savvy with media (having worked for MTV), careless about the truth, and prepared to destroy here enemies.

  13. 13 Dead Dog Bounce 25/09/2011 at 1:40 am

    And, more to the point, prepare to poke the wasp’s nest of sectarianism.

    If anything were guaranteed to make a nascent sectarianism problem worse, surely this headline-grabbing request is it.

    And I’m an Irish Catholic.

  14. 14 Ignorance is not bliss! 25/09/2011 at 1:01 pm

    I would dearly love to know what ‘sectarian symbols’ she refers to, that are purely sectarian.

    Red Hand of Ulster? Well a history lesson for you Ms Mensch.

    Wiki Extract:
    “The Red Hand of Ulster (in Irish: Lámh Dhearg Uladh) is a symbol used in heraldry[1] to denote the Irish province of Ulster. It is less commonly known as the Red Hand of O’Neill[2]. Its origins are said to be attributed to the mythical Irish figure Labraid Lámh Dhearg[1] (Labraid of the Red Hand), and appear in other mythical tales passed down from generation to generation in the oral tradition. The symbol is rooted in Irish Gaelic culture and is particularly associated with the Uí Néill clan of Ulster.

    The Red Hand can be regarded as one of the very few cross-community symbols used in Northern Ireland. Due to its roots as a Gaelic Irish symbol, nationalist/republican groups have used (and continue to use) it often – for example the republican Irish Citizen Army, the republican National Graves Association, Belfast, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union and numerous GAA clubs in Ulster.

    Due to its usage by loyalist paramilitaries, those unfamiliar with Irish history have believed it to be a solely loyalist symbol.”

    If Ms Mensch believes the likes of the Red Hand a sectarian symbol then she must consider the Irish Tricolour also, here’s why –

    Wiki Extract:
    “the Irish government has stated that the green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland and the orange represents the followers of William of Orange in Ireland, with white representing peace, or a truce, between them”

    Again like the Red Hand showing a symbol of two sides coming together.

    Ms Mensch your ignorance is maddening and insulting and you do not have the right to dictate on things you have no clue about.

    Im a NI Protestant married to a Catholic and am baffled at the amount of people I meet that think themselves experts on sectarianism.

    @Dead Dog Bounce – here here! Well said.

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