Sunday, January 03, 2010

Harriet Harman – the face of Labour’s election campaign

If Euripides was right to observe that those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad, then Labour must be about to endure divine judgement with fire and brimstone on a scale not seen since Sodom and Gomorrah.

And perhaps that would be justice. For the party which promised to be ‘whiter than white’ in government has been more corrupt than any in living memory: it has a darkness at its heart which casts a shadow over the whole nation; its capacity for ‘sleaze’ is boundless; its hypocrisy sans pareil.

And so God has made them mad, for they have decided that Harriet Harman is to be the public face of the 2010 General Election. Gordon Brown has chosen her ‘to shore up Labour's core support’. And so she will host daily televised media briefings and tour television studios in order to ‘strengthen Labour's appeal to women and middle England voters who are turned off by Gordon Brown’.

Cranmer has not laughed so much in a very long time. David Cameron’s 'Year for Change' campaign has no stronger strategic ally than the woman who is loathed by both men and women, Labour and Conservative, black and white, gay and straight, animal, vegetable and mineral.

And most of all by Christians, for it is her ‘equality’ agenda which is eradicating every expression of the faith and every utterance of biblical orthodoxy from the public sphere.

The face of Labour’s 2010 campaign is the most anti-Christian they could have chosen.

A face is important: it can be the reflection of the reality or the illusory facade of the veridical actuality. It is the means by which one’s soul is interpreted: every muscular inflection speaks words of expression, sentences of opinion, paragraphs of judgement and entire essays of feeling.

If the eyes are the window to the soul, the face is the gallery of the character, the magnifying glass of the disposition, the refractor of the id.

Harriet Harman is harsh, sour, cold and brash. She exudes self-righteousness, she seeps self-absorbed bitterness, she whispers supercilious platitudes and patronises with a glance. She is the embodiment of everything which people have come to hate about politicians, and the incarnation of everything they despise about politics.

Harriett Harman is the least likely person to influence anyone to vote Labour because she is the embodiment of all that they stand for. She is a man-hating, family-loathing, marriage-destroying, foetus-murdering, wealth-consuming, union-manipulated, minority-obsessed, harridan feminist and a wailing banshee.

Now that the decision has been taken to broadcast televised debates between the party leaders, why are we being deprived of our equivalent of a vice-presidential debate?

William Hague versus Harriet Harman alone would be worth the entire licence fee.

47 Comments:

Anonymous oiznop said...

"Harriett Harman is the least likely person to influence anyone to vote Labour because she is the embodiment of all that they stand for. She is a man-hating, family-loathing, marriage-destroying, foetus-murdering, wealth-consuming, union-manipulated, minority-obsessed, harridan feminist and a wailing banshee."

You can always count of Cranmer to tell it like it is. ;o)

3 January 2010 at 11:16  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Wow!
Not too keen then YG?

She's a marvellous asset to nearly anybody but Labour.
But YG underestimates her influence; she does represent a large number of wimmin and wimpy men who like to be dominated by them, employed in the public sector - social services, family law, probation etc etc.

There is a long tradition of this kind of arid, life-denying, blue-stocking, bossy, high-minded, Hampstead thinking, man-hating female in the 'socialist movement'; Marie Stopes was the high priestess and Shirley Williams is no better example in politics and Joan Bakewell at Pravda.
They are all variations of a type of self-righteous, non-conformist that the English do pretty well.

3 January 2010 at 11:37  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

We have more in common than what you would ever care to admit Your Grace. They are in a stae of terminal mental illness and this is the expression of it.

3 January 2010 at 11:42  
Blogger Janet said...

"Harriet Harman is harsh, sour, cold and brash. She exudes self-righteousness, she seeps self-absorbed bitterness, she whispers supercilious platitudes and patronises with a glance. She is the embodiment of everything which people have come to hate about politicians, and the incarnation of everything they despise about politics.

Harriett Harman is the least likely person to influence anyone to vote Labour because she is the embodiment of all that they stand for. She is a man-hating, family-loathing, marriage-destroying, foetus-murdering, wealth-consuming, union-manipulated, minority-obsessed, harridan feminist and a wailing banshee."

What a beautifully eloquent and accurate description, your Grace. When I see that sneer, and hear her strident arrogance, I am ashamed to be female.

3 January 2010 at 11:55  
Anonymous graham wood said...

YG. Your observations and comments of Harman are entirely accurate and fitting, but is she, or the rest of the gang, really worth your, and our, attention?
Why waste time and effort on any of the Labour Party deadbeats?

'Let the dead bury the dead'

3 January 2010 at 12:20  
Anonymous WannabeAnglican said...

I agree. I'm way across and the pond, and I still loathe her. A *wonderful* choice as spokesperson!

3 January 2010 at 12:39  
Anonymous left-footer said...

A very well-written piece, Mr Cranmer. As commented in a response above, while there is much that divides us, on this we are as brothers.

Thank you and a Happy New Year to all here.

3 January 2010 at 12:40  
Anonymous opsimath said...

Janet said "When I see that sneer, and hear her strident arrogance, I am ashamed to be female."

Please, Ma'am, never think like that - you might, however, be ashamed that HH is female - that might just make some sense.

3 January 2010 at 12:43  
Anonymous Male Lesbian said...

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1020553/Why-does-Harriet-Harman-hate-marriage.html

"I can now see what aggravates so many people about her: the politically correct condescension; smug self-certainty despite a record of incompetence; the whiff of born-to-rule arrogance; the attachment to the shibboleths of multi-culturalism and feminism.

Harman is the embodiment of so much that is wrong with New Labour. Born into affluent privilege herself, Harman is that classic socialist type that regards the robust British working class with suspicion.

But Harriet's greatest vice - and there are many - is her hypocrisy. She is now the Deputy Leader of a party that, in its latest by-election campaign in Crewe, has descended into the gutter of class warfare, deriding its opponents as 'toffs'.

Yet few figures in modern politics have enjoyed greater privilege than Harman. Her father was a Harley Street surgeon, her uncle the Earl of Longford. She was educated at the exclusive St Paul's Girls' School, before going on to York University and legal training.

And like so many of the New Labour elite, she has never had a real job in the commercial world. Before she entered Parliament, she worked as the legal officer for the radical pressure group, the National Council for Civil Liberties.

Further hypocrisy comes in the way she is raising her family - Harman's attachment to the socialist ideal of comprehensive education clearly does not extend to her own life.

She sent one of her sons to a grant-maintained school, another to a selective grammar, reinforcing the belief that too many Labour politicians refuse to practise what they preach.

Living in the leafy enclave of Dulwich, Harman's detachment from her constituents' lives was further reflected when she wore a stab-proof vest for a tour of Peckham, even though she was escorted by three police officers.

The fact Harman has retained high office for so long is a tribute to her iron-clad self-confidence.

In 11 years of Labour rule she has no significant achievements to her name. She was sacked from the Cabinet by Blair in 1998 for making a hash of the policy of welfare reform.

Since then she has used a succession of jobs, first Solicitor-General and now Minister for Equalities and Leader of the Commons as a platform to propound her dated brand of feminism.

Her mix of incompetence and cash problems was again demonstrated when she was embroiled in the Donorgate row recently, having accepted money for her Deputy Leadership bid without checking the source and then failing to make a proper declaration to the Electoral Commission, the party funding watchdog.

Harman is fond of talking about equality, but her policies move in precisely the opposite direction."

3 January 2010 at 12:52  
Anonymous jeremy hyatt said...

She speaks well of you.

3 January 2010 at 12:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fortunately, I only came across her once in my professional career. Back in the early eighties, I think, some members of the Law Society had the effrontery to propose a resolution for its AGM opposing the extension of Abortion. Hell hath no fury like a feminist bestirred! What right had we, mainly men in suits, she said, even to express an opinion on this subject. You get the drift. Sadly, following a Harman harangue, the resolution was heavily defeated. But looking on the bright side, I can't think now of anyone more likely to garner votes for the opposition than Harman. Edward Sutherland.

3 January 2010 at 13:14  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Your Grace, I am in awe of your eloquent erudition. Not even I could have wielded such a verbal wrecking ball with such devastating precision.

Well done, sir. Well done.

3 January 2010 at 13:23  
Anonymous mack said...

So, Ms Harman was chosen to "front" for Labour because her "presentational skills" were considered to be superior to those of the Dear Leader.

I doubt it will make little difference to the final result when the election is eventually called: she will lie, cheat and argue black is white (well, perhaps not) to keep her bunch of incompetents in power.

3 January 2010 at 13:30  
Anonymous sydneysider said...

Your Grace why don't you say what you really think?

3 January 2010 at 14:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... and yet she is strangely alluring, don't you think? Those eyes. That mouth. The teeth .....

3 January 2010 at 14:54  
Anonymous the recusant said...

Whilst I agree (Oh how I agree) with every word Your Grace has written, what concerns me more is where is the assurance from Cameron that he will repeal all the destructive and corrosive legislation passed by this bitch and her pack.

If there is a difference between the Tories and Socialists let it be here, let us hear Mr Cameron loudly and clearly commit once elected, to a new Great Reform Act. An act to reverse the social engineering experiments that have caused so much damage and infected and debilitated our nation for too long.

Let Cameron wipe away the damage done by this foul brood with a great act of parliament which will make it impossible ever again for any future government to ignore or betray our rights and our constitution. Such and act must enshrine in law that any proposed alternation must only be approved after first gaining the consent of the nation by referendum.

But first he has to repeal (and nothing but repeal will do) all the malignant, mean spirited, insidious divisive, minority centric, socialist, anti-British politics of envy acts passed into law over the last 13 years that we are currently suffering under.

Well Mr Cameron, I’m waiting, anything to say? Over to you...

3 January 2010 at 15:45  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Your Grace

Some bloggers sell coffee cups, baseball caps, steins, stickers to their supporters, and perhaps earn a little extra.

I was wondering whether you might sponsor a Harriet Harman dartboard which your communicants could buy.

Who knows, it might change Your Grace's thermometer from dog-tired to dog's breakfast, or even higher!

3 January 2010 at 16:08  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

Your Grace,

I was able to obtain a more recent photo of Hattie, when she won first prize at the Horse of the Year Show.

You can see it here.

It hasn't been Photoshopped. Honest*







*not

3 January 2010 at 16:10  
Anonymous len said...

It is somewhat strange that Labour has chosen Harriet Harman who personifies all that people hate about politicians to be their front woman.
Cold ,dispassionate, uncaring,this is the face Labour is presenting to the world.
Labours' brave new world'is turning in reality into an Orwellian nightmare.

3 January 2010 at 16:31  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

The Lakelander

Looks as if Hattie was Edward Heath's love-child.

now it can be told...

3 January 2010 at 16:59  
Anonymous Anguished Soul said...

'...a wailing banshee.'

Titter titter.

Do I detect you have a secret yen for Ms Harman, Your Grace? Love being close to hate and all that.

3 January 2010 at 17:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'...She is a man-hating, family-loathing, marriage-destroying, foetus-murdering, wealth-consuming, union-manipulated, minority-obsessed, harridan feminist and a wailing banshee'

Your Grace, do you really have to hold back on the language? But, you really do hit the nail square on the head - with some venom!

3 January 2010 at 17:41  
Blogger The Lakelander said...

Ultramontane:

You may have discovered one of the great secrets of British politics!

3 January 2010 at 17:48  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

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3 January 2010 at 18:03  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

As a working class person near the bottom of the heap, whom she is supposed to represent, I can sum her up in four words.

SHE IS A BITCH!!!

3 January 2010 at 18:07  
Blogger Ronald said...

Labours thinking might be that if Mandelson is the back room media manipulator then they have to have a woman in front of camera or else we will all think they are being sexist.

Or is her union boss husband insisting she gets a prominant roll in return for his members being squeezed for money to fund the labour campaign.

The BBC news is pushing the story that the election will be in May. Which can only mean that it will not be in May.

3 January 2010 at 18:16  
Blogger Man in a Shed said...

Full credit must go to William Hague who by pulling his punches at deputised PMQs has fooled Brown into thinking Harman is a genius.

What I would like to know is when will the Church make its list of demand for the election ( like the return of free speech to the statute books ).

3 January 2010 at 18:19  
Anonymous John Malcolmson said...

Gnostic - don't underestimate yourself - I think you do very well in terms of "verbal wrecking balls."

Your style is certainly different from that of HG, though. And although you cannot match him in eloquence, you are certainly master (or should that be mistress) of the feisty metaphor, and a seasoned exponent of the art of very effective, amusing and moderated vulgarity. Keep up the good work - your comments are an added bonus to what is a brilliant blog!

Best wishes

John

3 January 2010 at 18:31  
Anonymous IanCad said...

This may all be well and true Your Grace but her sins will never save Dave.
We are headed for a small Tory victory, just enough for the fence sitting, finger to the wind, ear to the ground Cameron to continue what Labour has started. Conservative reform is needed and only another Labour government can bring that about.

3 January 2010 at 18:37  
Anonymous non mouse said...

That any of the politicians have the face to present themselves in public is a wonder to me.

That anyone would vote for any of their faces - or the noises that come out of them - is another.
I thank the Lord I banished television from my house, years ago.

btw - I agree with Janet: females like Harpic make me ashamed to be a woman. The problem is that she's a very common type; there always have been too many like her.

Perhaps the positive side of it all is that men, in particular, now have a great opportunity to learn how to assess female character! They've always been so easily deceived by these types... and some are even daft enough to marry them.

3 January 2010 at 19:00  
Anonymous John Malcolmson said...

non mouse

Don't call her Harpic - that's supposed to kill off bacteria instead of propagating them.

3 January 2010 at 20:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the recusant said...

But first he has to repeal (and nothing but repeal will do) all the malignant, mean spirited, insidious divisive, minority centric, socialist, anti-British politics of envy acts passed into law over the last 13 years that we are currently suffering under.

Well Mr Cameron, I’m waiting, anything to say? Over to you...

3 January 2010 15:45

May I strongly advise that for the sake of your family, and others that may love you, that you do not hold your breath while doing so.

Of course you are asking THE BIG QUESTIONS. If fact the only questions worth the asking, during the coming election campaign.

Our lives are more then ever before(which was always far more then we ever collectively suspected) controlled by a ruling elite class headed up by the Jesuit Orders.

Please do not be fooled by what The Pope says on any issue. What he says he desires, and what he and his secrete services conspire to make happen are very often completely different, or indeed totally opposite things.

These chaps are extremely well experienced subversives dedicated to the creation of a one world fascist dictatorship under the secrete control of the papal authorities.

Know this to be the case, or know virtually nothing worth knowing. In fact by knowing this, is the ONLY possible method by which a still usefully THINKING human being can make sense of their current situation, and everything else to do with it.

3 January 2010 at 20:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lunatics really have taken over the asylum, bring it on. This surely shows just how out of touch Brown and the Scotch raj are with the electorate.

3 January 2010 at 20:43  
Anonymous We Ploo Plop McJock said...

Long live the Scottish Raj!

3 January 2010 at 21:47  
Anonymous Southern Cross said...

Your Grace,
We in the antipodes once had a Prime Minister who was the mould from whom Ms Harman seems to have been cast.
If she (Ms Harman) attains power(or retains it for Labor) England will never recover.
Continue your good work sir.

3 January 2010 at 21:57  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

There was an article in today's Sunday Telegraph about how Labour MPs are playing the race card "under the radar", saying they understood constituents' concerns about areas becoming "less white". I wonder how la Harman will square this with her equality-fascism?

3 January 2010 at 22:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Harriet Harman is harsh, sour, cold and brash. She exudes self-righteousness, she seeps self-absorbed bitterness, she whispers supercilious platitudes and patronises with a glance. She is the embodiment of everything which people have come to hate about politicians, and the incarnation of everything they despise about politics."

Well, there is just nothing to add to that. Well said your grace!

What saddens me is that I feel the last ten years have been lost.

Loathsome serpents the lot of them.

3 January 2010 at 22:31  
Blogger Christian Carving said...

powerful post, she of course was in trouble recently for mobile phoning and driving simultaneously, not a good example to set

3 January 2010 at 23:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Harriet Harman is harsh, sour, cold and brash. She exudes self-righteousness, she seeps self-absorbed bitterness, she whispers supercilious platitudes and patronises with a glance. She is the embodiment of everything which people have come to hate about politicians, and the incarnation of everything they despise about politics."

Great stuff, and obviously from the heart.

One might add, that she is the incarnation of everything that is INHUMAN, or should I say profoundly EVIL?

Which should not surprise anyone, she correctly claims to be a real socialist. Which is an inhuman and inhumane ideology, if ever there was one. The sort of ideology Vlad The Impaler would be very at home running for his own gratifications. As can be clearly seen in any place or nation it has so far been implemented.

Sure being nice and supportive to those that do not have the means to provide for themselves is perfectly fine, and dandy. Human being have had a well established history of doing this sort of thing for many thousands of years before Karl Marx was even a twinkle in his mothers eye.

However the sort of social destruction the likes of HH so dearly desires to inflict on the public, surly takes a propensity to evil not found too often outside a Chamber of Horrors, a metal institution for the criminally insane, or a Jesuit university debating hall.

Evil is a 'funny' thing, which moves in mysterious ways and very much prefers to inhabit the most unsuitable of places. Such as CARE HOMES, schools, hospitals, church establishments, and of course parliaments.

Yet the likes of HH only wish to find EVIL within the ordinary families and general society, were it is without doubt comparatively rare.

The very last place truly EVIL people look for evil is within their own hearts and minds. However they find it anyway.

The truly evil project their own polluted souls onto the rest of their fellow beings. They assume that all around them are as EVIL as they known themselves to potentially be. They genuinely believe that only they have the ability to control their own EVIL, others of a lower intellect or indeed in HH's case class, can not, or can not be trusted to do so.

The results are generally real SOCIALIST, like my ex wife, Gorgon Brown, and Harriet Harmpersons

3 January 2010 at 23:47  
Blogger Hugh Oxford said...

Please Cranmer, shhh, shhh, shhh.

Much as I despise Harman with every fibre of my being I want to see and hear her everywhere, because that, I know, is the best chance we have of seeing this malevolent, twisted, destructive government sent to the back of beyond.

4 January 2010 at 00:09  
Anonymous GTGTWG said...

I like grumpy old catholic' idea. A Harman dartboard to get rid of all that pent up anger. Just make sure her balls are the bullseye.

4 January 2010 at 02:02  
Anonymous Phuquit said...

Your Grace.

Your eloquence humbles me us all.

"Harriett Harman is the least likely person to influence anyone to vote Labour because she is the embodiment of all that they stand for. She is a man-hating, family-loathing, marriage-destroying, foetus-murdering, wealth-consuming, union-manipulated, minority-obsessed, harridan feminist and a wailing banshee."

These words, IMHO, are the statement of the century and deserve recognition as such.

If my old Granny were still alive she would have taken great pleasure in producing a cross-stitched sampler of those very words for posterity's sake.

Incidentally, I have rarely seen a person attract so many hyphenated adjectives of disapproval.

4 January 2010 at 03:33  
Blogger OldSouth said...

Harriett Harman is the least likely person to influence anyone to vote Labour because she is the embodiment of all that they stand for. She is a man-hating, family-loathing, marriage-destroying, foetus-murdering, wealth-consuming, union-manipulated, minority-obsessed, harridan feminist and a wailing banshee.

Now, Your Grace, don't hold back--let us know your true opinons!

4 January 2010 at 07:18  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Mr. Malcolmson, one endeavours to do ones best. Thank you for your kind words and for making me smile so widely my slice of breakfast toast went in - sideways. :D


My word verification is "swore". Heh heh

4 January 2010 at 09:04  
Anonymous trudy volestrumpet said...

I reckon he fancies her really.

4 January 2010 at 16:09  
Anonymous Matthew Dear said...

Has Your Grace read "Self and Salvation" by David Ford?

4 January 2010 at 21:28  
Blogger Invictus_88 said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one to have imagined Hague vs. Harman.

Blood would be spilt that day! It would be beautiful, to see that Labourite dragon so publicly slayed.

Awful woman. Appalling.

5 January 2010 at 00:46  

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