Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The 'wreckup-loving' modern Tory party

Serial Hattipperary to Peter Black, Iain Dale, Tom Watson and Paul Flynn.

This is a classic.

Cheryl Gillan chose St David's Day to sing the praises of a Welsh community councillor who, she said, is "a good man - in touch with the people". She even read out part of his MySpace profile, thus:

"The more I read, the more I was drawn to the...Conservative party—freedom of enterprise, freedom of choice, and freedom of opportunity for all members of society, regardless of their background."

She then added:

That is the Conservative message—one of which I think that St. David would have approved.

Paul Flynn MP was on hand to offer some other bits from the same MySpace pages:

“I’ve evolved from a little whining pussy to a thrill seeking wreckhead to a Conservative who still loves the wreckups.” On 16 June 2006 he was asked whether he had taken drugs that month. He said yes. The next question was:“Have you stolen anything this month?”and he said yes. Asked why he wanted to go into politics, he said that he wanted it for the power, the flash suits and the money.

I would emphasise that I refrained from posting about this when it first hit the blogosphere. However, the fact that Cheryl Gillan has mentioned this chap in parliament has taken the issue onto a new level which invites comment.

I haven't mentioned the name of the young lad in question. I suspect he has had enough sleepless nights already without me adding too much to the agony.


  1. You have to feel a little sorry for the poor guy. I know he sounds a little, er, odd ... but he's not actually done anything wrong.

    There are people in real positions of responsibility who have done far worse than have a stupid myspace profile. They have never had to cope with being publicly humiliated. (Unless you count G**rge G*lloway and his leotard thing, but that was voluntary, and anyway, he couldn't make himself look more idiotic if he tried ...)

    This poor bloke's had the mick taken out of him by his own local MP, and it's on the Parliamentary record forever. Seems a little disproportionate to me!

  2. Agreed Jonny. I have modified the text of my posting after reflecting on your comment. I refrained from commenting on this when it first broke on the blogosphere because I did not think it was worthy of comment. However, Cheryl Gillan mentioning the chap in parliament took the issue onto a new level which deserved comment.

    Agreed, the chap has done nothing wrong. Nor did Charles Anglin. Politics is a tough business and "if you can't stand the heat....". If Ted Kennedy can survive Chappaquiddick and become one of the most respected legislaters in US history, I think this chap can survive this minor pickle.