In praise of Harriet Harman

April 2, 2008 at 9:14 am | Posted in British Politics, New Labour | Leave a comment
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Well, I wouldn’t quite go that far, but I can certainly agree with this:

Suppose that Margaret Thatcher, 20 years ago, had gone out on patrol with the Peckham police wearing a stab-proof vest emblazoned with the Metropolitan police logo. Would she have been rubbished by the Daily Mail and John Humphrys for it the following morning? No, we do not think so either. Associated Newspapers would have lavished the full “Brave Maggie battles the thugs” treatment on her.

So, how to explain the difference between Lady Thatcher and Harriet Harman, who was trashed by the Mail-Humphrys axis yesterday for wearing a police jacket on a tour of her south London constituency? The answer is simple – politics.

A senior Tory female politician supporting the police is an Iron Lady leading from the front. A senior Labour one doing the same thing is a Silly Woman being a wuss.

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