Contempt - The Lead in New Labour's Pencil
What is at the heart of all that is New Labour? If at the end of the day, could you boil it down to one thing, what would it be? Why not take a look at the word "contempt." Look at it's synonyms. I think we would be hard pushed to find any other words that need to be added. (If Devil's Kitchen or Nosemonkey are reading this, then yes, I will allow "Fat fucking cunting bastards," and "A pack of pissing fucks" although strictly they are phrases. And if Bloggers4Labour are checking this out, I recommend checking the definition of the antonyms, just so you actually know what they mean.)
Main Entry: contempt
Part of Speech: noun 1
antipathy, audacity, aversion, condescension, contumely, defiance, derision, despisal, despisement, despite, disdain, disesteem, disregard, distaste, hatred, indignity, malice, mockery, neglect, recalcitrance, repugnance, ridicule, scorn, slight, snobbery, stubbornness
esteem, honor, regard, respect
Roget's New Millennium™ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.1.1)Copyright © 2006 by Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
What inspired me to pick such as word as "Contempt" you may ask? Well since you ask, its as a result of reading of a man who is beneath contempt. Yes, everyone's favourite, Jack Straw!
"Terror flight claims 'will fade'
Claims the US has secretly flown terror suspects through the UK will eventually "fall away" due to lack of evidence, says Foreign Secretary Jack Straw.
Mr Straw told MPs somebody would have seen something if prisoners really were being flown through UK bases.
But nobody had come forward, nor had there been a single "bit of paper" leaked from the US authorities to suggest the practice was going on."
Go on, read the whole thing. I really don't know where to start with the whole thing. Perhaps its best to start by contrasting what Jack says to the Key Stories Beeb toolbar:
CIA 'SECRET JAILS'
Europe 'knew about' CIA flights
Poles to probe CIA prisons claim
US attacks UN official on 'jails'
US 'shifts' position on torture
'Tortured' Australian speaks out
And its all just going to fade away, right Jack? I don't know how he does it, but I think this sounds like a challenge, he thinks he can just equivocate and brush it under the carpet because theres no evidence. As the saying goes, "absence of evidence is not evidence of absence." Especially when you are the one who is investigating yourself. And you are a weasel. A cowardly, inept, good-for-nothing weasel. This is not going away anytime soon.
The same attitude is displayed about Iraq, the 7/7 inquiry or lack thereof, WMDs (no evidence of them either), the Serious and Organised Crime Act, the Lesgislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (of which you really should see more here) etc etc the list goes on. It is contempt for the Electorate, who pay your salaries, to whom you are supposed to be accountable. You are not accountable to Rupert Murdoch, the Daily Mail, George Bush, and certainly not as a Government - God. He will deal with you in His Own Time, for the moment, you are responsible to the Electorate, which is considerably larger than the 35% of those who for some strange reason saw fit to turn out and vote for you. The Public is not supposed to be seen and not heard. We will not just forget, numbed by our Celebrity culture, that you messed up big time, that you ignored us here, there and everywhere, that you flouted and continue to flout International Law as it suits you.
I watched the Channel 4 interview with the Labour Party Treasurer Jack Dromey. Its fair to say that Jack Dromey is pissed off. Incredibly pissed off. Its the confirmation of the Party within the Party we suspected has existed for a long time. The Chickens are coming home to roost, and I hope they crap on every New Labour head along the way. You can really feel the momentum building. And when you have the Treasurer publically blaming No.10 for shortcircuiting its own Party, well, you can really smell the stench of decay. The New Labour Project started out as a cynical power by any means initiative with anyone who got in their way held in contempt. So it really shouldn't be a surprise that the first lot that ended up on the receiving end, the Labour Party should be the first to start resisting. It took long enough, but its not a winning formula anymore, and there is only so much anyone can take before enough is enough.