National politics

Obama words for our own MPs

Ridiculously, at the time of writing, the Whitehouse website is not carrying the new President’s inauguration address. Apparently:

Later today, we’ll put up the video and the full text of President Obama’s Inaugural Address.

No doubt the Whitehouse web team are too busy partying. Luckily the free, non-state supported Americaintheworld website, part of the ConservativeHome franchise has it in full here. This afternoon, whilst hanging up the washing, I tuned in at:

… and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

Yes, quite. Ditto Europe. I listened to the rest of the speech but much of it flowed over me like a warm wave of lovely loveliness. One phrase jumped out at me:

And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

As Labour MPs troop through the lobbies on Thursday to vote to keep their expenses secret I hope they remember that phrase “do our business in the light of day” and feel ashamed of themselves. I don’t think many Conservative or LibDem MPs will vote for Harman’s pernicious Freedom of Information (Parliament) Order 2009. We will see.

2 replies on “Obama words for our own MPs”

When billions of people around the world of many differing creeds, politics and ethnicities warmly welcome the first African American President of the USA, why am I somehow not surprised that you seemingly all on your own want to rain on his parade?



You are being silly. I was simply relaying an impression I got from hearing it cold on the radio and wanted to focus on a particular point that struck me not critique the speech. As it happens I did tear up once or twice but I have got to an age when I tear up at practically anything.

As it happens many Democrats have said that this wasn’t his most interesting or exciting speech. An inauguration address is necessarily a muted, coded thing.


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