Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Oooh, I like you when you're angry

George Monbiot responds to an attack from Hazel Blears, and in so doing writes probably the best column he's ever written, doubling as a precise, point-by-point indictment of the last 12 years and the mind-boggling moral vacuity of New Labour. Fantastic.


Anonymous Willie Miller said...

yes I read it this morning and it brightened up my day no end - absolutely wonderful.

2:19 pm  
Blogger Savonarola said...

"Courage in politics is measured by the consistent application of principles."

Never thought Monbiot could sound like Badiou...

12:03 am  
OpenID ivan007 said...

Well, Blears has a letter in the Guardian today inviting Monbiot to take a visit to her constituency for some obscure reason ...

4:19 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Ah yes.

Re the "open letter" by George Monbiot (10 February): George, I would like to invite you to Salford, and allow some of my young party members and myself to show you round our city. Then you will see why I've been voting Labour in the Commons these past 12 years.

Wow, that is spectacularly piss-poor a retort. Love the idea that a tour round one of the most unequal areas in the country will sway him...

5:57 pm  
Blogger Philip said...

Hence, presumably, the need for an escort by the cadres of Blears. Given Monbiot's predisposition to placard-waving cynicism, the sight of an isolated and atypical social injustice might damage his perspective irrevocably.

Word Verification: beloredi, a belvedere with a gold top. The buildings were susceptible to damage from heavy rain, hence the urgent command, "Wring the beloredi!"

10:14 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...


Of course what she's actually doing is indulging in some very tedious late-NuLab class-based dogwhistling, viz: 'it doesn't matter that we suspended habeas corpus, committed war crimes and preside over the most surveillance-ridden 'democracy' in history, cuz we have been good to places like Salford! Which, as a cynical middle class journo who never leaves Hampstead, you wouldn't know about!' Of course the population Salford have been collectively lifted out of poverty entirely via art galleries, flagship museums, BBC offices and luxury flats.

10:52 pm  
Blogger bénédicte said...

Monbiot, my homeboy.

10:59 pm  
Anonymous Juvenile Dwarf said...

Wow, that is spectacularly piss-poor a retort. Love the idea that a tour round one of the most unequal areas in the country will sway him...

The thing is, Blears et al actually believe that it will. They genuinely, absolutely and fervently believe in their black little shrivelled hearts that they have done only good. "Everyone likes the smell of their own farts," as the Belgians say (I'm told).

11:34 am  
Blogger Will said...

The hilarious/awful thing about that column by Hazel Blears was its inherent contradiction: "Of course consultations aren't fixed - we listen to the public! But if you aren't a member of the government, you should shut up!"

12:48 pm  
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