Damian McBride and the Dark Side
I promised my fellow Blairite Zombie Hodges a point-by-point rebuttal of his blog post yesterday, in which he used the old Pilger-Chomsky moral-equivalence argument to suggest that the Blairites were just as bad as Damian McBride.
But I can’t be bothered. Suffice to say that Padawan Hodges has his relapses, and it is not helpful if those of us trying to rehabilitate him as a useful member of the reality-based community harp on about his past as a Brownite.
Anyway, Alastair Campbell does a fine line in righteous anger on his own behalf – and on behalf of the good things done by the New Labour government, which McBride and his Sith Lord Gordon Brown did so much to undermine.
One minor point and one major one. The whip who grabbed the young Jack Straw’s testicles as a warning was Walter Harrison, who stood down as an MP in 1987.
The major point is that disagreeing with the Iraq war is not evidence that Alastair Campbell did anything wrong. And I know it is hopeless to resist the mythology about the death of David Kelly, but let us just say that it doesn’t reflect well on anyone who mentions it in this context.
But don’t listen to Campbell or to me. Take it from Polly Toynbee on the Today programme on Friday (at 1′44″). She accepted that the Brownites behaved worse.Tagged in: Damian McBride, ed miliband
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