What future free speech for all?

The banana party shows its true colours

Sunset for some! (cartoon from the Times)Sunset for some! (cartoon from the Times)
First the tale of the Nulabour candidate, Stuart MacLennan, sacked (see HERE) for making remarks about a slew of political people, slaves and bananas. Normally when considering Nulabour and bananas we think of dear little David Miliband, fruit in hand, with that village idiot look on his face, a look honed to perfection over the years. Perhaps Miliband thought posing with a banana was 'the right thing to do', he may have even thought it was funny. He may even have a sense of humour. It is, however, a bit different with this MacLennan chap. He seems over-supplied with laddish tendencies and is convinced he is super funny. So what did he say and do wrong?

Here is what he said about some political people - John Bercow a "t**", Tory chief David Cameron a "t***", Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg "a b******" and MP Diane Abbot "a f****** idiot".

The humble banana fails to meet MacLennan's high standards too -

“God this fairtrade, organic banana is shit. Can I have a slave-grown, chemically enhanced, genetically modified one please?”

So what did he do wrong? Well, assume this would not leak out. As he was a Nulabour candidate, a party that has installed CCTV to spy on us all to a level that exceeds anything seen in the Soviet era, I find it funny that someone has snitched on him. Serve the bas*** right I say. Perhaps Diane Abbot could make jokes about fairtrade bananas but he can't. That's the topsy-turvy Nulabour world for you, as Rod Liddle has found to his cost.

Now these are very old jokes, months old, dating back to the summer. Which goes to show how much MacLennan is loathed, someone has been carrying this little lot around with them a very long time. An interesting insight into Scottish politics?

One of the funniest bits of this saga is a quote from the giggle-a-minute-Guardian, speaking on his fate MacLennan said -

"I am young and stupid but that doesn't quite cut it and that's why I'm gone."

That made me laugh. Perhaps it's me but I think I hear a sigh of relief from Nulabour that he is 'gone'. However, this leaves open the question "why did they select him in the first place". Anyway it's their own fault, Nulabour always wants to look young,sassy and cool. The party prattles on about reducing the voting age, yet from the mouth of their candidate is the link between young and stupid. I think I'm not alone in preferring politicians who are old and wise.

Now onto an item in the Jewish Chronicle. Of late the distinction within Nulabour and its supporters between being pro-Palestine and anti-Semitic has got blurred. Being pro-Palestine is the political activist's equivalent of the shaven head or tattoo, a 'must have' for those wishing to make a 'statement'. The two Nulabour people here are Martin Linton and Sir Gerald Kaufman. The former was forced to apologise for saying -

"There are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends. You must consider over the next few weeks, when you make decisions about how you vote and how you advise constituents to vote, you must make them aware of the attempt by Israelis and by pro-Israelis to influence the election."

Linton has apologised but Kaufman, old but perhaps not wise, has not for saying -

"Just as Lord Ashcroft owns most of the Conservative Party, right-wing Jewish millionaires own the rest,"

So what's going on here? Some resign, some don't. Some apologise, some don't. Perhaps Nulabour can't make up its mind on free speech, does it want it, yes or no? In a grown up world it would be possible for anyone to say what they like about anyone or anything, without concern, but that's not happening is it? In a grown up world with a future fair for all. free speech would be a fact not an aspiration.

Footnotes -

# A big thank you to the Times for the best political cartoon so far (Adams comment cartoon)
# Jeremy Clarkson has also been 'redacted' see Tory Bear.