Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Polly Toynbee: Defending the indefensible

Polly Toynbee is now beyond parody. Today she stretches what Ches calls 'knuckleheaded partisanship' to well beyond breaking point. How in the name of all that is holy can you defend Jacqui Smith and her expenses? Oh, she tries, she really, really tries.

The article is, hilariously, entitled Jacqui Smith is a victim of the new wave of puritanism

Yes, you read that right, a victim.

But from the uproar, MPs stretching expense rules has been made to look like the pork barrel, backhander and bribery scams that plague other countries.


Well, erm, yeah. Pork barrel does seem an apposite description

Point of information: Polly Toynbee is an Honorary Associate of the National Secular Society and President of the British Humanist Association.

UPDATE: The Guardian has now closed the comments on her piece. 877 comments, >95% of them - by my reckoning - extremely hostile, must be a record.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The comments on the Toynbee article make astonishing reading; the people really are up in arms. Where are the people with real backbone, morals and principal and why can't they get into Parliament?

1:05 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

It's simplistic to say that the system is skewed against them in favour of the gangs called political parties; but it's also true.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms Toynbee has been beyond parody for a very long time!!!

8:21 PM  

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