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Rupa Huq silent on £1,000 Blair donation

The scurrilous Guido Fawkes blog has been traducing Labour’s candidate for Ealing Central & Acton today. They say:

Rupa Huq, Labour’s candidate in Ealing, was also a fierce Blair critic, arguing the “legitimacy” of the Iraq War has been “demolished”.

The blog misrepresented what Huq said in an old blog post of her own.

Of course Rupa Huq has never said anything incendiary about Tony Blair and or Iraq. She rarely says anything at all, let alone anything controversial.

Rupa Huq is on the list of 106 target constituencies to which Tony Blair has given £1,000 per seat. So far two candidates have refused Blair’s cash.

We can assume that Huq will keep the money and keep quiet – that is what she does.

3 replies on “Rupa Huq silent on £1,000 Blair donation”

I am not sure that Ms Huq will take the money and keep quiet. I am fairly sure that she will say something, however, it will be interesting to see what she says. I think that Ms Huq is a genuinely nice person who is trying to do the right thing. She is a neophyte in this scenario and has stood by her beliefs even when it may not have been in her interest to do so locally. An example is her public endorsement of a protest and participation in a protest march against the largely Roman Catholic prayer group that keeps a vigil against abortion outside the clinic on Mattock Lane. Ealing and Hammersmith have historically had a large Roman Catholic population from various waves of Irish and Polish immigration. It took guts to participate in this protest and then go out and canvass locally. I think we will hear more from her on this topic. I think that if she declines it she will say that she has not accepted it though without explanation, or if she accepts it she will explain why.
I take Tony Blair’s £1,000 gifts as PR gestures. If it was £10,000 then it would be meaningful for campaign support, as such it is something that just propagates his name within a capsule of publicity. It would be much more intesting to know what Vivendra Sharma is going to do about the £1,000, do we know?
I wrote to the then Pope when Tony Blair was converting to Roman Catholicism and said two things: 1) don’t let him in, and 2) if you do make him publically recant the things that he has done in the past that are contrary to Roman Catholic teaching. I did not even receive an acknowledgement from the Pope!
On two occasion during my life I have heard veiled advice on how to vote from Roman Catholic clergy and they exemplify the divide within the Roman Catholic Church between social goodness and spiritual goodness. The different pieces of commentary where focused on voting a) Labour because the Labour Party has the welfare of the poor and underpriviliged at heart, and b) voting Conservative because the Conservative Party was more moral in such areas as pro-life and permissiveness.
This is one of the fences that Ms Huq is straddling. Ealing has very large spiritual and religious communities (mainly due to immigration) in the areas of Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism (not forgetting the Sikhs). This complex tableau brings with it the debate between belief and social welfare.
The candidates for all three major parties are players in this complex arena. How will Mr Jon Ball appear to the Moslems and Hindus from the perspective of social campaigning in pubs and the like, how will Ms Angie Bray appear to the Muslim community as a Vice President of the Conservative Friends of Israel and to the newer post-Communist and left-wing Polish people who have come over here in her role of Vice President of the Conservative Friends of Poland a role which may have served her well with the expatriate post Second World War Polish community and its descendants in West London who were fervently anti-Socialist and anti-Communist who are never the less being supplanted in volume by the new socialist Polish people from Poland. Then we have Rupa Huq with her pro-life protests and un-Islamic core intellectuak feminism. I thing that we in for a very very interesting few months.

Mark,

Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

I had forgotten the Ealing Green protest. That was one of the few occasions that Rupa Huq has taken a stand.

Neither Sharma nor Pound is in line for £1,000 from TB as they are not in marginals.

I can’t think why Labour let Blair do what he did. As you say it would have made much more sense for him to give 10 x £10K to people they knew would accept. I guess it was Blair’s vanity.

Like with everything from the heart I made some errors, so here is the second edited version as I made a bit if a Freudian slip, I meant to say “welfare”, not “warfare”. I am doing the best that I can, however, the typographic errors happen no matter how many times I read what I have written.

I am not sure that Ms Huq will take the money and keep quiet. I am fairly sure that she will say something, however, it will be interesting to see what she says. I think that Ms Huq is a genuinely nice person who is trying to do the right thing. She is a neophyte in this scenario and has stood by her beliefs even when it may not have been in her interest to do so locally. An example is her public endorsement of a protest and participation in a protest march against the largely Roman Catholic prayer group that keeps a vigil against abortion outside the clinic on Mattock Lane. Ealing and Hammersmith have historically had a large Roman Catholic population from various waves of Irish and Polish immigration. It took guts to participate in this protest and then go out and canvass locally. I think we will hear more from her on this topic. I think that if she declines it she will say that she has not accepted it though without explanation, or if she accepts it she will explain why.
I take Tony Blair’s £1,000 gifts as PR gestures. If it was £10,000 then it would be meaningful for campaign support, as such it is something that just propagates his name within a capsule of publicity. It would be much more intesting to know what Vivendra Sharma is going to do about the £1,000, do we know?
I wrote to the then Pope when Tony Blair was converting to Roman Catholicism and said two things: 1) don’t let him in, and 2) if you do make him publically recant the things that he has done in the past that are contrary to Roman Catholic teaching. I did not even receive an acknowledgement from the Pope!
On two occasion during my life I have heard veiled, (however wildly differing) advice on how to vote from Roman Catholic clergy and they exemplify the divide within the Roman Catholic Church between social goodness and spiritual goodness. The different pieces of commentary where focused on voting a) Labour because the Labour Party has the welfare of the poor and underpriviliged at heart, and b) voting Conservative because the Conservative Party was more moral in such areas as pro-life and permissiveness.
This is one of the fences that Ms Huq is straddling. Ealing has very large spiritual and religious communities (mainly due to immigration) in the areas of Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism (not forgetting the Sikhs). This complex tableau brings with it the debate between belief and social welfare.
The candidates for all three major parties are players in this complex arena. How will a social wellfare campaigner and propagator of fairness like Mr Jon Ball appear to the Moslems and Hindus from the perspective of social campaigning in pubs and the like? How will Ms Angie Bray appear to the Muslim community as a Vice President of the Conservative Friends of Israel and to the newer post-Communist and left-wing Polish people who have come over here in her role of Vice President of the Conservative Friends of Poland a role which may have served her well with the expatriate post Second World War Polish community and its descendants in West London who were fervently anti-Socialist and anti-Communist who are never the less being supplanted in volume by the new socialist Polish people from Poland. On top of that we have Rupa Huq with her protests against pro-life activists and un-Islamic core intellectual feminism. I think that we in for a very very interesting few months.

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