Monday, August 06, 2012

Louise Mensch was off to New York as far back as March

At midnight on Saturday 23 June 2012, Louise Mensch MP launched ‘Menshn’ – an(other) online messaging service she founded with Luke Bozier, former tech adviser to the Labour Party. It was/is billed as a rival to Twitter, but less random and with no spam (and 180 characters instead of 140, which is very, very important).

His Grace has no idea how it’s doing, and (to be frank) he doesn’t really care.

But what does irk him somewhat is that Louise Mensch was feted for her natural charm and refreshing 'decontaminating' image, and given a safe and swift passage into the House of Commons courtesy of David Cameron’s ‘A-List’. But rather than engross herself in loyal public service, she has used her position in Parliament for selfish gains.

As a successful ‘chick lit’ author, she never really needed the money, but she did need the prestigious status, higher profile, and exclusive GQ photo-shoot.

It is curious indeed that only a few months ago she was appealing to David Cameron for a ministerial post. "It's kind of annoying,” she said. “What do I have to do to get promoted over here? Am I being disloyal? I don't know. I need to sit down with my whip and say, 'What do I have to do?' Every time there is a raft of PPS promotions and my name is not on them, I have to sit down and think, 'What am I doing wrong?'"

Why kick up that sort of fuss in the media if you know you’re relocating to New York?

Or did the reality dawn upon her that (as John Redwood observes) she really doesn’t stand much of a chance at all of being promoted?

But what is even more interesting is that as far back as 23rd March a Conservative MP (reliable and trustworthy type) was communing with His Grace, and bemoaning:

His Grace felt the need to encourage and edify this manifestly despondent and depressed MP, and responded: 'Quite. But let us not forget that her motive is merely personal ambition. Politicians such as yourself have a far greater prize - integrity.'

The MP lamented:

His Grace then pointed out Ms Mensch’s fragile political position, reminding the MP: 'Of course, she only has a majority of 1,951..'

In response to which came the bombshell:

His Grace was somewhat taken aback by this revelation, and questioned: 'Cause a by-election? Why would a hyper-loyal A-lister scaling the greasy pole want to do that? Hollywood calling?'
To which the prescient MP responded:

So, the Corby Conservative Association ‘hates’ its MP, and Ms Mensch was making it known that she was intending to relocate to New York before she began promoting her new business.

Some might call it fickle, but it’s much, much more than that.

This has little to do with 'spending more time with the family': real politicians learn to juggle all manner of personal tensions and competing pressures. No, this is all about career expedience and personal advancement. Louise Mensch has used her status as an MP to launch her new social networking site, got bored with waiting for promotion, and has now decided to move on to the next toyshop. This sort of political ADHT is a disgraceful betrayal of the Conservative Party and of every activist in Corby who worked hard to get her elected. Let this be a lesson to David Cameron and CCHQ: names like Adam Rickitt, Ali Miraj, Joanne Cash and Louise Bagshawe may attract a bit of extra publicity and ephemeral hype. But they were always 'accidents waiting to happen'.

And they won't be the last.


Blogger Christopher Gillibrand said...

Seems as if the Revolution of the Associations might have finally started against A-listers and all their works. The grounds for the hatred will be interesting when they emerge. In defence, I am led to believe that Mrs Mensch was a Conservative Friend of Israel but doubtless Your Grace being in fuller communion with Tory MPs than I am will enlighten us shortly.

6 August 2012 at 13:13  
Blogger Simon said...

Horrid, misogynistic post. That's how it reads to me anyway. Just saying.

6 August 2012 at 13:17  
Blogger Richard said...

"Luke Bozier, former tech adviser to the Labour Party"

Nonsense, he was merely an office orderly who knew how to reboot computers.

6 August 2012 at 13:43  
Blogger Jessica Hoff said...

Perhaps it took being in the House to see how little can be done when so much power lies abroad. of course, she could always have read Chris Mullins' diaries and got the same impression, but there is nothing like first-hand experience. there's a reason people who can do other things tend not to become MPs - not least the jealousy of the professional politico - you have to look at some of the stick Rory Stewart gets.

The SPAD class does not welcome outsiders - and wonders why no one much welcomes it.

6 August 2012 at 15:53  
Blogger Tanfield said...

MP's cannot resign - they have to apply for and be awarded the "Chiltern Hundreds" - an office for profit under the Crown which is incompatible with being an MP.
On a more substantive note I wonder whether she has been "pushed". Is a scandal about to break that requires her to go quietly before she is pushed? Watch this space (and the Murdoch press)

6 August 2012 at 16:02  
Blogger Old Blue Eyes said...

So the Corby Conservative Association came to hate the candidate who was foisted upon them. I don't suppose they will have much say in selecting their next candidate. Time to stand up and demand the right to select who they want without interference from on high.

6 August 2012 at 18:04  
Blogger Marie1797 said...

Louise Mensch is one of those superficial people who love themselves that use others for their own personal gain no matter what. Ruthless is the word. Anywhere for a little apple. Good luck to her in New York. You needn't bother coming back luv if it all goes Pete Tong.

6 August 2012 at 18:05  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Rather thought that being an MP and a novelist were rather complimentary. One can scribble down plot in the House instead of taking note of the proceedings as the good people of constituency would expect of their MP. You could pretend you were recording points from speechmakers - a bit less obvious than twittering don’t you think ?

6 August 2012 at 19:38  
Blogger Corrigan1 said...

Isn't personal advancement regardless of every other consideration what the Conservative Party stands for? (Oh, and obviously, the Labour Party too)

6 August 2012 at 20:10  
Blogger Paul Twigg said...

Typical Cameron set arrogance in getting her this seat in the first place. I really cannot see a plum in the mouth Cameron Cutie fitting into Corby, which is the Glasgow Nova Scotia of England. It will be interesting to see how badly the Tories do in this bell weather seat. Perhaps she has done the Tories a gift in resigning to feather her own nest somewhere else (don't all politicians do that after they retire from politics anyway?- look at Blair's board room commitments for example).

6 August 2012 at 20:51  
Blogger non mouse said...

Let this be a lesson to David Cameron and CCHQ: ...
Your Grace, they're incapable of learning.

They also make it clear that they cannot see why they are unworthy of respect from those on whom they impose themselves---and their representatives. I think that is one measure of their depravity.

However, the electorate has allowed the corruption to fester: we have let them turn inchoate democracy into absolute power over the People. That's why I say it's well past time to take measures against them.

"If thine eye offend thee... pluck it out" (Matt:18.9). In this case, could the eye be the party system?

7 August 2012 at 04:42  
Blogger IanCad said...

What an appalling judge of character is Cameron.
He has to be replaced, and soon.
Farage was on Radio 4 last night and I'm afraid he will, at some point, open the plug in the CP.
Tanfield-- I'll stay tuned.

7 August 2012 at 07:22  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

Well "family reasons" is obviously the official line, and one wonders what else has been going on behind the scenes - God knows.

However it will certainly make for an interesting by-election. Labour will win and the Lib Dems will be decimated, but if UKIP put up a good candidate Cameron et al could be sent a very clear message by the conservative faithful. Whether or not they would hear it is a different matter ... given their incompetence in matters of truth.

7 August 2012 at 08:23  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Dear Inspector,
You continue to delight me with your rakish humour. Long may it continue.
Had an odd experience this weekend. Went away for a few days aged 64 and and came back 65. Won't do that again in a hurry.

7 August 2012 at 11:19  
Blogger Rambling Steve Appleseed said...

Should have listened to Peter Hitchens.

A few hundred thousand more disenfranchised conservatives staying at home at the 2010 election (or better by far voting UKIP) and the innumerate Scottish communist wretch would have stayed on to catch the full blame for his wicked economic policies. This could have allowed a REAL conservative revival under David Davis. Read Peter Hitchens' book 'The Cameron Delusion' to find out why Davis was wrongly bypassed for Tory leader in favour or the Chipping Norton spiv in a suit.

As it is, we have an open liberal/closet liberal coalition and the Marxist Socialist Workers Party and the 2 brain dead Eds are able to get away with blaming the downturn on conservative policied recruiting among the dim and impressionable young.

We know what to do next time. I voted UKIP in Eastleigh and helped The Lib Dem stay in because the 'conservative' candidate wouldn't have done anything different on the issues that matter to me.

Now we know that voting Blue Labour 'to keep the Liberal/Socialist out' doesn't work.

7 August 2012 at 12:36  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Felicitations Integrity old chap.

Inspector had a similar frightful experience to yours, yesterday. He went to work in the morning, and damn me, didn’t they make him do some…

Must find out how they managed that. Prevent a re-occurrence, don’t you know…

Dreadful business {MUMBLES INCOHERENTLY…}

7 August 2012 at 17:43  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

A Labour victory in the forthcoming Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election is guaranteed. The selection of the Labour candidate is therefore the test of the Labour Party's seriousness in having become the party that alone now represents the Union as a first principle, any concept of English identity, a universal postal service bound up with the monarchy, the Queen's Highways rather than toll roads owned by faraway and unstable petrostates, the renationalisation of the railways promised in the 1997 Labour Manifesto, Her Majesty's Constabulary rather than the British KGB that is the impending "National Crime Agency", the National Health Service rather than piecemeal privatised provision by the American healthcare companies that pay Andrew Lansley, the restoration both of energy independence and of the economic basis of paternal authority by the reopening of the mines promised by Ed Miliband to one hundred thousand people and the television cameras at the Durham Miners' Gala, keeping Sunday special, the historic regimental system, aircraft carriers with aircraft on them, no Falkland Islands oil to Argentina, a referendum on continued membership of the EU, a free vote on the redefinition of marriage, the State action necessary in order to maintain the work of charities and of churches, and the State action necessary in order to maintain a large and thriving middle class.

In other words, it is the test of the depth and stability of Ed Miliband's reversion of Labour to its historic norm as the voice and vehicle of a many-rooted social democratic patriotism inclusive of social and cultural conservatives as well as of social and cultural liberals, inclusive of rural as well as of urban and suburban voices, inclusive of provincial as well as of metropolitan contributions, and inclusive of religious as well as of secular insights. The 2010 intake is very largely "classic Labour", the boys in their dads' suits having decided to sit out the hard work of Opposition. As a result, Labour has long enjoyed a commanding lead both in the opinion polls and at the actual polls.

But we all know that these things cannot be taken for granted. To this day, I have never had an answer from the Labour Party to the question of whether or not Louise Mensch has ever actually ceased to be a member of that party, which she only joined out of devotion to Tony Blair, known in the circle around David Cameron as "our real Leader". He may be theirs, but he is no longer Labour's. Is he?

Ed Miliband, over to you.

7 August 2012 at 22:58  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...

Attractive woman, but we should not recruit MP's on the basis of looks.

8 August 2012 at 20:10  
Blogger Lord Lavendon said...


8 August 2012 at 20:11  
Blogger wiggiatlarge said...

Of course her resignation could simply be the drudgery of the job and no cabinet post have disillusioned the poor dear and she's of to sunnier climes, plus why cite family reasons, if you have three children before standing for Parliament they are not going away when you win your seat, didn't she realize this.

9 August 2012 at 12:38  

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