Labour MP, Bob Marshall-Andrews, is an Honorary Associate
of the National Secular Society and a Distinguished
Supporter of the British Humanist Association, but despite
this, I like his maverick style. He has some honour
and sense of fairness: traits not normally associated
with many of his colleagues of late.
On his official
website at epolitix.com, we are reminded of the
unceremonious ejection of Walter Wolfgang from the 2005
Labour Conference with an article entitled, "Our
PM Is Nothing But A Bully - Just Ask Old Walter."
The frail 82-year old Mr Wolfgang, who has devoted
his life to the Labour Party, had the audacity to propose
that Jack Straw was being less than honest about Iraq.
Mr Marshall-Andrews writes: 'For this offence Mr Wolfgang
is seized by a massive, apparently anonymous "steward",
physically manhandled from his own conference and detained
by police as a suspected terrorist. A nearby delegate,
attempting to intervene, is himself assaulted by another
massive example of New Labour's finest. Hours later,
Blair delivers an apology wholly typical of the man.
"I'm sorry," he says, "but I wasn't there."'
'This event is not isolated. On the same day, Austin
Mitchell, the venerable, clever and wholly amiable MP
for Grimsby, has his camera snatched and the contents
sanitised in order to eradicate pictures of a queue.'
Mr Marshall-Andrews offers his analysis:
'Behind these violent and ugly displays of rank bullying
lies a profound irony which exposes the true pusillanimous
nature of New Labour and its prime architect. In their
analysis of the party's electoral failure the high priests
of New Labour identified party indiscipline as a root
"Pusillanimous," is defined at Answers.com
"Adjective. Ignobly lacking in courage: chickenhearted,
cowardly, craven, dastardly, faint-hearted, lily-livered,
unmanly. Slang: chicken, gutless, yellow, yellow-bellied."
This sums up our recent (sub) Prime Ministers perfectly.
Mr Marshall-Andrews continues, 'As part of the cure,
therefore, intellectual challenge and dissent were to
be ruthlessly expunged. Rule books have been amended
to emasculate conference, and sanitise debate. The parliamentary
power of patronage has been ruthlessly employed to advance
quiescent minds, placemen and transparent cronies to
protect orthodoxy and order..'
'Worst of all, the erosion of party democracy has
shadowed systematic populist assaults on civil liberty
and individual freedom. Oppressive and bullying "security"
of party meetings has proceeded alongside repeated attempts
to curtail trial by jury, legislation to allow imprisonment
without trial and the covert introduction of "shoot
to kill" powers. In this climate it comes as no surprise
that an aggressive and illegal foreign policy should
be directly linked to the public assault of an elderly
man whose only crime has been an adherence to the peaceful
ideals of democratic socialism for 60 years.'
Nearly three years on and the shadow Home Secretary
in order to force a by-election due to sharing the Labour
MP's concerns about assaults on our liberty.
Of course Bob Marshall-Andrews was criticising Blair,
the new Catholic, now employed ostensibly as a man of
"faith," but in reality aiding Satan form
a one world religion, but Gordon Brown is celebrating
his first year as PM. Maybe celebrating is not the right
word; perhaps he is writhing and cringing while chewing
his knuckles. This would certainly be understandable.
Gordon Brown is also a "bully
and control freak." So says Lord Turnbull who
was Mr Brown’s permanent secretary for four years and
then cabinet secretary.
According to John
Prescott's new book, Blair was scared of Brown so
could not sack him and Brown did not have the nerve
to accept Prescott's suggestion that he resign and fight
Blair from the backbenches.
Most people know that bullies are also cowards. Sometimes
it takes courage to stand up for decency and our PMs
have shown what little they have. So little, in fact,
that they would rather betray the British people than
do what is right.
Gordon Brown has saved his most gutless performance
to date for his dealings with the EU. By denying us
the promised referendum; by trying to diminish the Irish
vote; by sucking up to Barroso and his co-conspirators
like M. Sarkozy, he has shown his disdain for decency
Bob Marshall-Andrews will not be bullied. He is backing
fellow renegade MP, David Davis, to be re-elected
Gordon Brown feared calling a general election last
year and appears to have bottled out yet again by failing
so far even to put up a Labour candidate against Mr
Less than a century ago, cowards and traitors were
shot. Now they get to be Prime Minister.