On Wednesday night I went on Petrie Hoskenâ€™s show on LBC radio. They do a political hour at 8pm on a Wednesday. I was on with Ealing, Acton and Shepherdâ€™s Bush MP Andy Slaughter and Hornsey and Wood Green MP Lynne Featherstone.
We talked about new (and unwanted by me certainly!) powers for local councils, MPsâ€™ expenses, the successful appeal of Baby P killer Jason Owen and routine arming of the police. All very tabloidtastic.
One of the things we will see more and more of as Labour see power slipping through their fingers is that they will get nastier and nastier. Local MP (not for long) Andy Slaughter did his bit on Wednesday. This section stood out:
… they (David Cameron and George Osborne) have never done a proper dayâ€™s work, they have never suffered in their lives, they have never had any hardship… The Tory front bench is stuffed with old Etonians.
I donâ€™t know how losing a disabled child very young fits into this view.
I told him he was talking nonsense and so it is. Not only nonsense but in his case sheer hypocritical nonsense. He failed to mention that he himself attended elite Hammersmith public school Latymer.
Yes, the Tory front bench is stuffed full of people from good schools as is the Labour front bench. Our â€œbog standard comprehensivesâ€ regrettably donâ€™t provide enough members of either cabinet or shadow cabinet. Famously Harriet Harman went to St Paulâ€™s Girls School. Blair went to the â€œScottish Etonâ€, etc, etc.
Of course chief Labour dodgy story teller and dividing line drawer, Gordon Brown, has previous on this issue as on so many. When he said a couple of years ago that:
Iâ€™m an ordinary guy from an ordinary school who managed to get to university
he was, typically, not telling the truth. His old school, Kirkcaldy High School describes itself as a comprehensive school today but at the time that Brown went there is was a highly selective, elite school, the equivalent of an English grammar. With a history going back to 1582 Kirkcaldy had a public school ethos complete with a house system and rugby matches against old boys (which is how Brown had his sight damaged).
Expect to hear much more of this rubbish from Labour in the next few months.