It’s a ‘who’d be a politician?’ sort of day
It is a real ‘who’d want to be a politician?’ sort of a day. Labour’s rising star, Chuka Umunna must be cringing at having his former membership of an online club ASmallWorld blasted all over today’s Sun and Daily Mail, and the message he posted under the name ‘Harrison Umunna’ in which he bemoaned the difficulty of finding somewhere to go for an evening in London’s West End that was not full of “trash and C-list wannabes.” That was written in July 2006, almost four years before Umunna became an MP, when he was aged 27, and he has apologised for any offence, but that word ‘trash’ will hang around his neck for many years.
Meanwhile the Chancellor, George Osborne, has filled the front page of the Daily Mirror, under the headline ‘Despicable’, because his driver took up a disabled bay while Osborne nipped into a McDonald’s at a service station in Gwent. That is less damaging that the Umunna story, but the fact that the Mirror ran it at all was enough to infuriate the blogger Iain Dale, who once aspired to be a Tory MP. “One day a politician will just think, ‘Sod this for a game of soldiers, they can go **** themselves. I’m quitting’,” he wrote. “And I seriously think if I had gone into politics, that politician would probably have been me.”Tagged in: Chuka Umunna
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