Two Shags Hypocrisy

They are up to their necks in sleaze. The best slogan he could think up for their conference next week is Life’s better under the Tories. Sounds to me like one of Steven Norris’s chat up lines. Can you believe that this lot is in charge? Not for long, eh? Then after 17 years of this Tory government, they have the audacity to talk about morality. Did you hear John Major on the Today programme? – calling for ethics to come back into the political debate? I’m told some Tory MPs think ethics is a county near Middlesex. It’s a bit hard to take: John Major – ethics man. The Tories have redefined unemployment they have redefined poverty. Now they want to redefine morality. For too many Tories, morality means not getting caught.Morality is measured in more than just money. It’s about right and wrong. We are a party of principle. We will earn the trust of the British people. We’ve had enough lies. Enough sleaze.

John Prescott, 1996

Hat tip: Iain Dale

3 thoughts on “Two Shags Hypocrisy”

  1. But is it hypocritical to publish previous entries containing sentiments such as “Perhaps you would like it if we poked around in your private life!” and “Certain sections of the press love a whiff of a sex scandal concerning a politician. It certainly goes with the territory in public life. We are all guilty of fuelling this: when the sex scandal breaks out in a rival party, we throw a party. We love to see the ritual humiliation when it happens to an Archer or a Blunkett. But when it’s our own party in the firing line, we see the cynicism of it all.”

    Yet another example of Lib Dems saying one thing and doing something completely different?

  2. But is it hypocritical to publish this about Prescott when previous entries containing sentiments such as “Perhaps you would like it if we poked around in your private life!” and “Certain sections of the press love a whiff of a sex scandal concerning a politician. It certainly goes with the territory in public life. We are all guilty of fuelling this: when the sex scandal breaks out in a rival party, we throw a party. We love to see the ritual humiliation when it happens to an Archer or a Blunkett. But when it’s our own party in the firing line, we see the cynicism of it all.”

    Yet another example of Lib Dems saying one thing and doing something completely different?

  3. I don’t think so and I’ll explain why:
    In the article you quoted, I was reacting to the NOTW/Sun coverage on Simon Hughes’ sexuality. To my knowledge, Simon had never publicly attacked or criticised others for their sexuality. In this piece, I was highlighting the fact that John Prescott had previously used the sexual shennanigans of other politicians as material for his conference speeches – hence he was a hypocrite! (I really don’t care who he’s been sleeping with at all)

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