PMQ's today April 30 Th. 08 was followed by a repellent spectacle as the writ for the by election caused by the death of Gwyneth Dunwoody was moved.
I was not a fan of Gwyneth Dunwoody, I regret her passing like everyone else, she was Labour and therefore I would have supported her and voted for her and I dare say she had many friends and, certainly had loyal support from the voters, a 34 Yr. long stint in Parliament proves that.
She nursed a long standing grievance against successive labour leaders and the Party itself, the reason ? the same as many who form the awkward squad "thwarted ambition" think Charles Clark, George Galloway, Frank Field etc. the opposition always brightened up when she rose to speak, not a good thing in my opinion but, it comes with the territory especially at this level of politics, my sympathy goes to her family but, unlike many others I'm not going to lie about her.
What made today such a squalid occasion was the opportunism and rat like cunning of the Tories and Lib. Dems. who tried to use her death to attack the Govt. nothing is sacred with this lot.
They were queuing up to praise her, led by the pompous Nicholas Winterton, Tory MP, eyes filling up with crocodile tears of "sadness and regret" he accused the Govt. of acting with undue haste by issuing the writ before her funeral, a dreadful intervention.
Winterton was followed by the oh so pious and ever so slightly sinister "Uriah Heep" of the Commons, Simon Hughes Lib. Dem. MP.
Apparently on the verge of tears he shared with us the opinion that "the Govt. would have to live with the consequences" no, he didn't give details.
This nonentity enjoys a 'nice guy' reputation but, not with those who remember the vicious homophobic campaign that won him the Bermondsey By Election.
Anyone labouring under the mistaken opinion that the Lib. Dems. are in any way 'nice' should check that By Election out.
These two toadies were then outdone by a truly dreadful contribution from Ann Winterton Tory MP (are they related ?) they ought to be.
She also stitched herself to the deceased and then descended furthest by saying this " I was amazed at the discourtesy and insensitivity afforded to Mrs. Dunwoody's family" at this point an angry John Spellar, Labour MP asked her to 'give way' demanding to know if her remarks were sanctioned by the family, she, unsurprisingly did not give way, what lovely people !
This whole unsavoury business was ended by Harriet Harman assuring the house that the family had written to her agreeing that the writ should be served right away, the Tories and the Lib. Dems. did not even blush, this was indeed the Commons at it's worst.