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  1. Colm Howard-Lloyd 13 Mar 2009, 12:11pm

    There is no denying that the BNP is both homophobic and repugnant in a number of ways, but Ms Harman should stop trying to claim the BNP is right wing.

    They follow a facist ideology; their politics are extremist left-wing.

  2. When will the Government admit that not only is the BNP homophobic, but huge swathes of Muslim Britain, the Church of England and the City?

  3. @Colm

    “Fascism is a form of extreme right-wing ideology that celebrates the nation or the race as an organic community transcending all other loyalties. It emphasizes a myth of national or racial rebirth after a period of decline or destruction.”

    “Fascism’s approach to politics is both populist–in that it seeks to activate “the people” as a whole against perceived oppressors or enemies–and elitist–in that it treats the people’s will as embodied in a select group, or often one supreme leader, from whom authority proceeds downward”

    “Fascism is hostile to Marxism, liberalism, and conservatism”

    All taken from an essay by Matthew N. Lyons, an expert in reactionary and supremacist movements. The essay is called “Too Close for Comfort: Right Wing Populism, Scapegoating, and Fascist Potentials.”

    Also, considering their politics oppose extreme left wing ideals such as free borders, and uphold practices enshrining the untouchability of (their propsed) government, all abhored by left wing theorists, it is safe to say that the BNP are not left wing.

    The truth is Fascism breeds a reactionary bigoted brand of politics that is hard to lump into conventional understandings of party politics. It’s language is inadequate.

  4. Vulpus_rex 13 Mar 2009, 1:07pm

    The BNP want to re-nationalise the railways – sound like socialists to me.

    For too long, the left in the UK have been allowed to get away with the cheap, psychological trick of associating racism with right of centre politics. The truth is that racism is prevalent on both sides of the political divide, however it has been politically convenient for some to describe the BNP as right wing in order to try and associate racism with right of center politics as a whole.

  5. Sister Mary Clarence 13 Mar 2009, 1:07pm

    Of course as Harriet is well aware, the biggest drive in the rise in popularity that we about to see if the depression that her cronies have driven us to.

    The sooner the myth that this is all the fault of the States is exploded the better. Britain has truly shown that it is still a player on the world stage by leading the way is turning a global downturn into an all out world recession.

    Today we see the announcement that AIG the world’s largest insurance company lost half a trillion dollars through its (small) London offices forcing nationalisation by the US government, rather than is US parent. This country lead the way in shading banking practices that will devastate the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the world because banking was our sole remaining industry and the government took the line that regulation would damage its ability to generate wealth for the country.

    It is the recession that will turn people towards intolerance of ethnic minorities, immigrants, gay people and the disabled, anyone who is different as they struggle to put bread on the table. All of the benefits we have come to enjoy through the equalities legislation that Europe has imposed on us will be eroded and public opinion that has moved forward in tandem with improvements in equalities legislation will regress to the detriment of us all.

    How the f*ck she can spin any of this to in any way blame or connect the Tories is a work of art in itself.

  6. The BNP are homophobic are they Harriet? News to me. What about the Muslim Council of great Britain and the Catholic and Anglican Churches all of which Labour doesn’t make a move on anything without consulting. Knighthoods all round and an invitation to Il papa to come to England and denigrate homosexuals. Stop giving these bigots and homophobes such a large platform and we might give some credence to your warnings about the BNP. At least the BNP are honest about their homophobia rather than the attempts by organised religions to split sexual practice and identity from sexual orientation in their pathetic love the sinner, hate the sin get out clause.

  7. It is funny that she does not seem to challenge the homophobia in her own constituency as shown in her annual report

  8. So, Harriet, I take it you would’t let the BNP run a school then? And to be consistent you wouldn’t let the RC Church run one either would you? Errr…oh…heck…..you do? Hundreds of them? At taxpayers expense? Sheeeeeitttt!

  9. Agree with Ivan & David! Yes the BNP are nasty but the Arch Homophobe of Rome has declared war on LGBT rights across the world!!!

  10. White British Voter 13 Mar 2009, 2:05pm

    A Vote for the BNP is a vote to make Britain Great again, every word that Harriet Harlot said is the perfect reason to vote for the BNP, I urge every White person old enough to vote to get out there & vote BNP.

  11. @White British Voter

    Oh yes, throwing out the Asians and Blacks and cracking down on the gays will solve all of Britain’s problems and make our country great again!

    We should be thankful that, unlike in other European countries, our far-right is made up of morons like you. If the smart and charismatic Mosley couldn’t succeed in brining fascism to Britain then I don’t fancy the chances of Griffin and his merry band of knuckle-draggers.

  12. Vulpus_rex 13 Mar 2009, 3:09pm

    It is not Griffin who is winning power for the BNP – it is Labour who are positively pushing people towards them.

    If you are largely ignored, and if Harman has her way positively discriminated against, by the party who you used to think looked after your interests then people will turn to the fringes for support and help.

    BTW – just another little nugget of Labour hypocrisy.

    Their oh-so-vitally-important, we must protect the health of the workers bit of anti-smoking legislation is going to be set aside at the G20 conference.

    Stuff the health of the workers when it comes to sucking up to Barack Obama and he wants to smoke in a warm cosy hotel bar.

  13. i never hear the Labour party slagging off the Islamics for their total hatred of all things gay. Dont islamic countries carry out public executions for being gay. A comment on that please HH.

  14. Ryan Haynes - fyi radio 13 Mar 2009, 4:59pm

    It frustrates me that people like Harman still connect the BNP and Conservatives. While the Tories are rightly renowned for their homophobia in the past many of the leaders are doing their best to turn around this image – and they should be allowed too – otherwise me may as well claim that New Labour is still run by tradebodies!

  15. Its easy to blame catholics for homophobia

    I am a liberal roman catholic and I have not got a problem with gay people at all

    I fully support equality in everyway
    The BNP are a far right wing nationalist party
    Who are yes very homophobic and very backward thinking

    They are not socialists at all socialism fought for gay rights in the 80s lets not get this confused here

    there is a such thing as far left and far right

    normal left wing is democratic socialism

    Ms harman claims to be a voice for gay people
    Yet she has failed to tackle this homophobia head on

    Infact the labour party have failed to tackle it

    the labour party seem to just want votes to win power again they are secret homophobes themselves

    Civil partnerships are not fully equal civil marriage
    homophobia in schools as doubled
    They have failed to include gay couples in the new domestic violence laws

    aslo they have not stopped deporting gay people back to countrys where they face punishments

  16. to white british worker

    Let the BNP in and this is what will happen, all foreign investment will pull out. The Europeoan union will kick us out. The USA will pull back. Result high unemployment, hated by the world and a dull a lifeless britian. Diversity is what makes the world turn. All this talk of imigration is so one sided. What about all the brits that piss off abroad. Would you expect them all to come home? If the BNP ever rule it will be short lived. As all that it promises, in a modern world would never be delivered. I have a greater faith in this counrty that it will never make such an apology for a party rule this great nation. Yes things need to change , put not by hate and finger pointing.

  17. White British Voter 13 Mar 2009, 8:29pm

    moam, it would be a good start, chucking you out with the rest of the rubbish would be a good thing too.

  18. vulpus_rex 13 Mar 2009, 8:33pm

    I’ve just had a good look round the BNP website. Their policies on immigration are quite clear but I can’t find any reference to gay people whatsoever – have I missed something?

  19. Sister Mary Clarence 13 Mar 2009, 10:40pm

    Ironically White British Voter, its probably the immigrants that are paying your benefits.

  20. In my experience individual BNP members are anxious not to fetishise homosexualists, or express rabidly negative opinions about homosexualists, because they are worried that others might think “Why do you go on about queers so much? Are you one? Is this some kind of defence mechanism?”
    Frankly, I think that homosexuals are just not that important for the BNP to have a policy on. Its not like they are going to form an army and start a civil war.
    Anyway, the BNP supports the death penalty, so presumably homophobic murders, just like any other murders, will be punished by the ultimate sanction under a BNP government. (And a good thing too.)

  21. The concept of “left” and “right” wing politics is something relatively recent. I have been told by people that study politics that not also to you get the centre moderate ground, but equally they meet in the middle on the other side, ie: Extreme right (facism) and extreme left (communism) – Most people consider Nazis to be right wing, but their very name means “National Socialism” – So the politics turn full circle.

  22. Simon Murphy 14 Mar 2009, 3:08am

    The BNP are certainly racist. But they seem FAR less homophobic than the catholic cult, its leadership and the Muslim cult and their leadership. The BNP are vile but it is very stupid of Ms Harman to try to attack the BNP for homophobia when her own party is bending over backwards to accommodate homophobic religious facists.

  23. David Jones 14 Mar 2009, 7:11am

    Most normal people have had enough of hearing about the activities of homosexuals, lesbians and other deviants. There’s nothing respectable about supporting these perversions, and Harman looks a fool pretending there is – let’s hope the BNP can force them back into the closet, where they belong.

  24. Trust no-one. Not one of them.

  25. Abi Chrisopher 14 Mar 2009, 7:46am

    I think the phrase the pot calling the kettle black should be used. When a large number of MP’s are unashamedly homophobic and transphobic. Time and again we are denied the full rights we deserve. The BNP are an irrelevance as they are unelectable but the views held by individual MP’s and councillors discriminate against us every day. Just look at what the Tories did to the funding of a LGBT homeless project in Brighton.

    All Harman is doing is spinning the hate.

  26. And today, Tory leader Cameron apologises for the recession, the seeds of which were sown decades ago, so lets have no more of this arrant nonsense about how it’s solely the fault of Labour from the Tory apologists on here. thatcher legacy, you all must be so proud.

  27. Bill Perdue 14 Mar 2009, 12:44pm

    Anthony, it’s nice that a catholic guy like you is on our side. We need friends. But as much as we value the friendship of the occasional catholic or protestant we also recognize that the Nazi pope does have a problem with us and wants to harm us. As do his bishops, archbishops, schools, mothers superior, abbots, newspapers, radio and TV venues, colleges and universities, rapist priests and skin head allies.

    I agree with those who think that religious cults, christist and islamist alike are our main enemies.
    And I think it’s wonderful that twisted sister paytriotically insists on an English share in guilt over the world depression. I just wonder of all those fired workers will be as proud as he is.

    In truth the American recession-depression is shutting or slowing down manufacturing over most of globe.

    03 02 09 NY Times “The federal government agreed Sunday night to provide an additional $30 billion in taxpayer money to the American International Group and loosen the terms of its huge loan to the insurer, which is preparing to report a $62 billion loss on Monday…” AIG executives spent millions on a weekend party for them selves shortly after they got $130 odd billion last year. Wherever will they celebrate this year? Prison would be nice but watch for it not to happen.

    DONGGUAN, China Agence France-Presse 10 23 08 Southern China to shed millions of jobs as economic crisis bites. At least 2.7 million factory workers in southern China could lose their jobs as the global economic crisis hits demand for electronics, toys and clothes, according to industry estimates.
    03 02 09 NY Time “PARIS — The leaders of the European Union gathered Sunday in Brussels in an emergency summit meeting that seemed to highlight the very worries it was designed to calm: that the world economic crisis has unleashed forces threatening to split Europe into rival camps.

    The Spectacular, Sudden Crash of the Global Economy By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. 02 24 09 In a short period of months, the entire system of global capitalism has screeched to a halt. No one knows what happens next. Worldwide, industrial production has ground to a halt. Goods are stacking up, but nobody’s buying; the Washington Post reports that “the world is suddenly awash in almost everything: flat-panel televisions, bulldozers, Barbie dolls, strip malls, Burberry stores.”

    A Hong Kong-based shipping broker told The Telegraph that his firm had “seen trade activity fall off a cliff. Asia-Europe is an unmit¬igated disaster.”

    03 02 09 NY Times “KIEV, Ukraine — Steel and chemical factories, once the muscle of Ukraine’s economy, are dismissing thousands of workers. Cities have had days without heat or water because they cannot pay their bills, and Kiev’s subway service is being threatened. Lines are sprouting at banks, the currency is the currency is wilting and even a government default seems possible.

    We’ve lost 4,000,000 jobs in the last few month and the US recession soon to be depression is nothing we’re proud of. Unfortunately the looter rich of the US ruling class are 99.9999% responsible. But if twisted sister wants his .0001% he can have it and bash Labour with it till the cows come home. Because he’ll hijack and thread, make any outrageous claim to vomit some Tory drivel.

  28. The BNP right wing! The BNP is a realist party.
    The Labour Party is left and has opened GB up to everyone.
    The Conservative Party introduces BNP politics two years after the BNP.

    I am a member of the BNP.
    I am transexuell.
    I get insulted and threatened from people, (who I know would vote for Labour or the Conservative Parties – or SPD and CDU … I live in Germany), that are the main stream of the so called “civilised society”

  29. @White British Voter
    If you racist and homophobic morons came to power (something that’s never going to happen thankfully) I’d be glad to be thrown out with the other untermenschen.

    @Kristina
    The BNP staunchly oppose LGBT rights and make no secret of it. Also don’t you see a slight irony in the fact that you’re an immigrant yourself?

  30. Kristina, if you are a member of the BNP, and hold the views most often associated with them, why do you have a link to Amnesty International on your website? I don’t think the two really go together right well but maybe I’m missing something here and as moam has already stated, the BNP aren’t our greatest fans and according to their website, plan to repeal many laws which gives us the rights we are entitled to. Their best mates, the NF and Storm Front can’t abide us either.

  31. @moam
    Religios Authorities also appose LGBT rights. That does not mean to say that all members appose LGBT rights.

    Germany did not open the door to new EU states. GB did.
    Germany was not flooded with workers. GB was.

    @wossname
    All people have a right to human rights or ist this ->( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7943556.stm )<- okay for you!

    Religious Authorities seem to me to be right of the NF.

  32. Sister Mary Clarence 14 Mar 2009, 10:24pm

    In a speech to business owners in Birmingham, he expressed regret that the party had failed to issue adequate warnings over the levels of debt being amassed by businesses and consumers.
    I think you’ll find wossname that the main thrust of Cameron’s speech was that they were apologising for not ‘opposing’ Brown as much as they should have done.
    I think if you also check more thoroughtly, the ‘seeds’ of this recession were sown by New Labour and no one else. We were coming into a period of boom when the Conservaties last left office and the Conservatives sowed the seeds of economic grown that Labour subsequently capitalised on.
    I suspect that you’re also find that David Cameron isn’t sorry for anything that the Tories have done in relation to the ecomony, past or present, but he is just using this as a thinly veiled opportunity to give Gordon Brown another kick in the teeth over Labour’s failing and also to further highligh the fact that Brown has made it clear he is unwilling to apologise for the mess he has got us into. Its not the most sophiosticated political ruse to be honest and I’m abit surprised that anyone has fallen for it.
    After eleven years of Labour mis-rule, where they have had countless opportunities to right the wrongs of the country, for Labour ministers or trolls alike to start shifting the blame on to the Tories is laughable. Its about time that people started to be accountable and to take responsibility for their actions.

  33. It is Labour running this country to the ground that is forcing swathes of the populace to consider solutions outside of the two main political parties. Of far greater concern, surely, should be the threat to gay men with HIV who are dependent on AIDS meds which are funded by the NHS. The way this government has thrown money down the drain, it seems only a matter of time before such social benefits we have always taken for granted slowly dry up. That is why it is more important than ever to prevent HIV infections. OK, HIV may no longer be a killer disease, but that is only because of the advance in the drugs which keep HIVers alive. Despite them costing up to £30k per person each year to fund, the AIDS charities are only interested in preventing stigma, not the spread of the virus itself, and imploring every gay man to get tested thereby boosting the uptake of these meds and putting more strain on ever dwindling health budgets. When unemployment in the UK hits 5+ million and people are being fed in soup kitchens, you can be sure that cuts in NHS funding budgets will be made, that HIV meds will be near the top of the list, they will be severe, and the death rate among HIVers will start to soar again. It ain’t rocket science!

  34. Gay BNP Voter 15 Mar 2009, 6:58am

    Im gay and I vote BNP as do many of my LGB friends. The BNP is not homophobic, radical islam is. I have little desire to be stoned because of the ruling of a sharia court!

  35. No, but you’ll be quite happy getting your arse kicked up and down the high street by a bunch of knuckle dragging skinheads. Can’t see there’s much choice in that. And let’s just get one thing straight, sharia law will never happen in this country. Just because of a few gobby clerics and scaremongering by the likes of the BNP and some of the press, people run around like headless chickens. It’s pathetic. There are around 2 million Muslims in this country as opposed to around 58 million others. Where do you think this great wave of Islamic fervour will come from? Not from the 58 million others, that’s for sure.

    @ sister Clarence, it doesn’t matter what spin you want to put on it, Cameron said the problem reached back decades, under Tory rule. And he’s very, very sorry for it. In fact, he’s sorrier than a sorry thing, with much wringing of hands. Is he wearing a hair shirt do we know?

  36. An excellent article in the Daily Telegraph from Ed Husain (ex-extremist and author of The Islamist), about how the government is ignoring liberal muslims and listening to extremists, on its stupid advisory boards and focus groups. That kind of stupidity will drive loads of people to neo-nazi extremist parties.
    Only Hazel Blears in the cabinet has any sense at all. The others are selling this country out, in the name of appeasement – most scandalously, allowing sharia tribunals, and allowing faith schools to indoctrinate children with backward, anti-democratic Saudi-funded wahhabi hate.

    Instead of telling people what to think, Mrs Harman should show some spine and take on the Islamofascists.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/4991879/We-must-stop-appeasing-Islamist-extremism.html

  37. Abi Chrisopher 15 Mar 2009, 10:59pm

    Im gay and I vote BNP as do many of my LGB friends. The BNP is not homophobic, radical islam is. I have little desire to be stoned because of the ruling of a sharia court!

    Comment by Gay BNP Voter

    Oh come on we can see through all the I am BNP and gay routine! Just the same as the I am BNP and not a racist routine. It is well known how the BNP flood forums with its disinformation campaigns when challenged.

  38. Abi – it’s best to use quotation marks in reference to other people’s postings, to avoid misunderstandings ;-)

  39. Sister Mary Clarence 16 Mar 2009, 1:02pm

    “I take a different view – our banking system is not separate from our economy, it is a reflection of it. The unsustainable debts in our banks are a reflection of unsustainable debts in our households, our companies and our government. But if I’m honest, I have to admit that we – the Conservative Party – didn’t see this as early as we could have. I believe we were – and still are – right to focus on fixing our broken society… because unless we get to grips with educational failure, welfare dependency and family breakdown, then not just our quality of life but our standard of living will always be poorer than it could be… as we pay, through higher taxes and bigger government, the costs of social failure.”
    “I believe we were right, as we did back in 2006, to warn about rising levels of personal debt. And I believe we were right, as we did at the last election and through to today, to consistently warn about the scale of the Government debt crisis. But do I believe we did enough to warn about the rising levels of corporate debt, banking debt and borrowing from abroad? No. And there are other areas of economic policy where I look back now and think we would have done it differently if we had the time again. For example, while we warned that it was wrong and complacent to claim that boom and bust had been abolished… we based our plans on the hope that economic growth would continue.”
    “Successive governments have failed to address the disparities in wealth between North and South and the richest and poorest in our society. And in the last decade, the Labour government abandoned manufacturing – letting it lose over a million jobs – in favour of financial services and housing, both of which are now in crisis. These imbalances – geographical, social and industrial ….. are part of the reason why we’re so badly placed to deal with this crisis.”
    David Cameron, Friday, March 13 2009
    http://www.conservatives.com/News/Speeches/2009/03/David_Cameron_We_will_make_the_hard_long_term_decisions_for_this_country.aspx
    Okay wossname, I’ve lifted the only paragraphs from Cameron’s speech that in any way refer to anything like an apology for anything and maybe you could talk us through how you get from what he said to what you conclude?
    I also find it interesting that you’re quite happy to listen to Cameron now when you (mistakenly) believe he’s saying what you want to hear him say, when you’ve happily dismissed all his assurances on how the Tory party has changed for I don’t know how long. You need to try to be a bit more consistent.
    Knowing that the country is on the brink of economic collapse people need to be asking how we are going to pay back everything that the government is borrowing, when the advice to us is to REDUCE our credit. Increasing public spending is a recognised method of softening a recession, but this only works when we have something to sell back to the rest of the world to enable us to pay it back. There exists no business sector or sectors in this country that will enable us to do that. The financial sector was the last, and removal of all financial regulation that brought us to where we are. Overseas income and taxation from this sector are massively down and we are now referred to as ‘Casino London’ across the world’s financial markets.
    Labour are promising the world to us, new roads, new schools, new homes, all manner of new infrastructure, knowing only too well that we cannot afford it and when the Tories come to power there will be no choice but to cut them all back. We will see exactly the same difficult economic choices being made as were necessary after last Labour term in government came to an end.
    Every one is always happy to hark back to the Thatcher years and how bad we had it. Whilst I fully agree she made some mistakes, look at the state on the nation when she came to power. You might not remember the seventies, but I do. Growing up in a decade beset with strikes and unrest – postal workers, miners and dustmen, even gravediggers, and almost everyone else. No electricity for a don’t know how many hours a day, shortages on power, the 3 day week, the 2 day week – no one earning money who wasn’t on strike because the factories, offices and shops were closed because on the blackouts. 30 million workdays were lost in 1979 alone from strikes. The unions destroyed successive governments. Inflation peaked at 25 per cent. Britain forced to beg to the IMF for funds to prevent liquidation of the economy.
    It is pathetic to see that ministers are now reduced to scaremongering about the BNP and walkabouts on Compton Street to try to cling on to the gay vote. Everyone will suffer as a result of their incompetence, gay and straight, and the fact that they have enacted a bit or European legislation does not make them Dorothy’s best friend, however much the Labour trolls on here try to spin it.

  40. Sister Mary Clarence 16 Mar 2009, 1:02pm

    “I take a different view – our banking system is not separate from our economy, it is a reflection of it. The unsustainable debts in our banks are a reflection of unsustainable debts in our households, our companies and our government. But if I’m honest, I have to admit that we – the Conservative Party – didn’t see this as early as we could have. I believe we were – and still are – right to focus on fixing our broken society… because unless we get to grips with educational failure, welfare dependency and family breakdown, then not just our quality of life but our standard of living will always be poorer than it could be… as we pay, through higher taxes and bigger government, the costs of social failure.”
    “I believe we were right, as we did back in 2006, to warn about rising levels of personal debt. And I believe we were right, as we did at the last election and through to today, to consistently warn about the scale of the Government debt crisis. But do I believe we did enough to warn about the rising levels of corporate debt, banking debt and borrowing from abroad? No. And there are other areas of economic policy where I look back now and think we would have done it differently if we had the time again. For example, while we warned that it was wrong and complacent to claim that boom and bust had been abolished… we based our plans on the hope that economic growth would continue.”
    “Successive governments have failed to address the disparities in wealth between North and South and the richest and poorest in our society. And in the last decade, the Labour government abandoned manufacturing – letting it lose over a million jobs – in favour of financial services and housing, both of which are now in crisis. These imbalances – geographical, social and industrial ….. are part of the reason why we’re so badly placed to deal with this crisis.”
    David Cameron, Friday, March 13 2009
    http://www.conservatives.com/News/Speeches/2009/03/David_Cameron_We_will_make_the_hard_long_term_decisions_for_this_country.aspx

  41. Sister Mary Clarence 16 Mar 2009, 4:50pm

    Okay wossname, I’ve lifted the only paragraphs from Cameron’s speech that in any way refer to anything like an apology for anything and maybe you could talk us through how you get from what he said to what you conclude?
    I also find it interesting that you’re quite happy to listen to Cameron now when you (mistakenly) believe he’s saying what you want to hear him say, when you’ve happily dismissed all his assurances on how the Tory party has changed for I don’t know how long. You need to try to be a bit more consistent.
    Knowing that the country is on the brink of economic collapse people need to be asking how we are going to pay back everything that the government is borrowing, when the advice to us is to REDUCE our credit. Increasing public spending is a recognised method of softening a recession, but this only works when we have something to sell back to the rest of the world to enable us to pay it back. There exists no business sector or sectors in this country that will enable us to do that. The financial sector was the last, and removal of all financial regulation that brought us to where we are. Overseas income and taxation from this sector are massively down and we are now referred to as ‘Casino London’ across the world’s financial markets.
    Labour are promising the world to us, new roads, new schools, new homes, all manner of new infrastructure, knowing only too well that we cannot afford it and when the Tories come to power there will be no choice but to cut them all back. We will see exactly the same difficult economic choices being made as were necessary after last Labour term in government came to an end.
    Every one is always happy to hark back to the Thatcher years and how bad we had it. Whilst I fully agree she made some mistakes, look at the state on the nation when she came to power. You might not remember the seventies, but I do. Growing up in a decade beset with strikes and unrest – postal workers, miners and dustmen, even gravediggers, and almost everyone else. No electricity for a don’t know how many hours a day, shortages on power, the 3 day week, the 2 day week – no one earning money who wasn’t on strike because the factories, offices and shops were closed because on the blackouts. 30 million workdays were lost in 1979 alone from strikes. The unions destroyed successive governments. Inflation peaked at 25 per cent. Britain forced to beg to the IMF for funds to prevent liquidation of the economy.
    It is pathetic to see that ministers are now reduced to scaremongering about the BNP and walkabouts on Compton Street to try to cling on to the gay vote. Everyone will suffer as a result of their incompetence, gay and straight, and the fact that they have enacted a bit or European legislation does not make them Dorothy’s best friend, however much the Labour trolls on here try to spin it.

  42. Vulpus_rex 16 Mar 2009, 5:00pm

    SMC – you forgot to add to your long list the general level of sleaze amongst Labour MPs that has risen to un-precedented levels under this government. Their continued complete lack of shame or principle was further evidenced this weekend with fresh news about Keith Vaz.

    I simply cannot understand the moronic stupidity of those who say thay are going to vote for more of Gordon Brown.

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