Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Letts v. Harman. Part II...

...This time it's personal.

I enjoy the writing of Quentin Letts (inset), sketchwriter for the Daily Mail and contributor to any number of other newspapers and magazines. He has a wicked sense of humour and a healthy disdain for most politicians. Now John Prescott has gone, he reserves his ire for replacement Labour Deputy Leader, Harriet Harman.

I must be one of the few people sad enough to sit through most of the last few No. 10 press conferences but it was worth persevering to the end to hear this question to Gordon Brown:-

"You just dodged Graham's question about Harriet Harman. We all know she is a nightmare but she is there, she is your Deputy. Can you tell us was she right to wear a stab jacket and should she wear a stab jacket next time she is in Downing Street?"

Other bloggers and the dead-tree press have covered the ridiculous sight of Harriet Harman wearing a stab vest in her own constituency. This follows Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith's admission that she doesn't feel safe when buying a kebab in her patch. Boris Johnson quipped at a recent mayoral hustings that his aim was to make the kebab the most dangerous thing in Smith's constituency.

Anyway, back to Quentin Letts. He has form. Take this earlier question to Gordon Brown at the December PM's Press Conference:-

"Shall we just try one more time, Prime Minister, on the Harriet Harman question? How much are you behind her? Are you 100% behind her, 90, 20, 10? Do you wish she would go and jump off a cliff? Do you really want her to be in this job?"

He really must stop mincing his words about Hattie:)

8 comments:

Happy Harriet Harman said...

Quentin Letts is secretly in love with me and his obsession is obvious by the frequency in which I appear in his columns.

Poor Dear.

Cllr David Pickles said...

LOL! Harman has always been a thorn in the side of common sense. So much for Labour's boast about crime falling. Peckham? No thanks.

simon said...

This shows a shocking lack of leadership from New Labour, what message does this send to the thugs terrorising London's streets?

It says: You're in charge.

Harman, you're pathetic.

RFK said...

This really is a crazy thing to do. Labour must just fundamentally distrust Londoners'. I've spent a lot of time in New Cross and other areas surrounding Peckham, and I find this picture very offensive. She has three Police escorts and she still feels the need for a vest! What is she trying to say?

Truth is, would anyone know (or care) who she is? I know I wouldn't if I saw her walking through Sutton.

Anyway, the real nasty bit is her inability to accept she was wrong, and instead opt for a bizarre reply about courtesy to the Police etc.

RFK said...

Simon,

Great reply, that is exactly what this picture presents. London as a no go area!

simon said...

rfk, thanks. Even though she is surrounded by three burly looking coppers (the only time you'll so many in Peckham) Harman is still crapping herself behind a stab vest!

It makes her look weak and pathetic, it is an insult to the people of Peckham and other parts of our great city that have to walk down the streets bereft of stabvest and fuzz-cortege on a daily basis.

shemi cheam said...

i wish i had a squad of policemans to protect me when i walk out late at nighttimes!! she was very silly to have done this,,it shows she has no confidence in her neighborhood

shemi
cheam

Scullduggery Watch said...

"You just dodged Graham's question about Harriet Harman. We all know she is a nightmare but she is there, she is your Deputy. Can you tell us was she right to wear a stab jacket and should she wear a stab jacket next time she is in Downing Street?"
-Quentin Letts

Question: Would a stab vest have saved Eleanor Pinfold from a Scully knife in the back and should Harriet Harman borrow a flak jacket from Sutton Plod if she ever planned to visit 48 Benhill Avenue?

Discuss.