Sunday, 14 December 2008

Lembit; pantomime politics

. James Graham draws our attention to comments made by Lembit Opik in his new guise as a Daily Sport columnist. In a rather baffling statement he says the column is an attempt to reach out to 'real people';

"This is part of my own stated objective to reach beyond the normal political limits to people who may not be particularly interested in Parliament, but will find it interesting if the info is presented in a non-pompous or technical way.

That’s my goal, and I hope anyone who values the benefit of a politically informed society will agree with this approach.

It’s politics for real people, and, thanks to the Sport, I’m glad to have the opportunity."

Now, how many real people actually read the Daily Sport?? Not as many as Lembit would hope one would imagine. Once again he is mistaking his own attention-seeking proclivities for 'reaching out'.

James goes onto make some points about 'softcore' porn and argues that;

"I wouldn’t ban it, or even insist it is on the top shelf, but letting it crawl into a corner and die would be a thoroughly good thing for society."

Fair enough. Misogyny and prejudice should be challenged but not through prescription. Pornography can cause major damage to relationships and even in extreme cases become an addiction although it is not viewed exclusively by men. Prescription would be the wrong route for many reasons but there is no question about what James says about challenging misogyny and objectification; Lembit Opik obviously has no interest in doing that, once again putting his self-promotion before all over considerations. Aren't we defiantly all glad we didn't elect him party president now....??

8 comments:

Andy said...

I'm not sure I approve of Lembit's role at the Sport, but I don't think your final sentence is fair. Lembit probably wouldn't have done it if he was president right now. I suspect that losing the presidential election has on some level killed off Lembit's thoughts of climbing up the party hierarchy to become a serious figure. Instead, we may now see him throw himself headlong into his self-appointed role of reaching out to "real" people.

I'm not suggesting the party were wrong to elect Ros (indeed, I voted for her), but I think anyone who gave it much thought could have predicted that we were likely to see more, not less, of the behaviour we find cringe-worthy from Lembit if he lost the presidential contest.

Anonymous said...

Lembit; pantomime politics

Oh no it isn't!

Anonymous said...

I think Andy's right. It's now the law of diminishing returns as regards Grope-it Opik.
My biggest concern, however, is his seat in Wales. He is up against a very good Tory canditate and has lost a lot of credibility locally. I hear financial supporters are withdrawing in droves. His seat of Montgomeryshire has been pinpointed by respected political commentators as being vulnerable. The more Opik behaves the way he does, the more vulnerable the seat becomes. His reputation as a drunk and women - v young girls in fact - chaser, does not help either. One wonders whether his arrogance is such, that he does not get what's going on in his own constituency? One thing's for certain, this is a sometime politician, who has lost all credibility and who is regarded as a laughing stock. I just wish someone somewhere could sit him down and tell him in plain English that he can't carry on this way. Not that he would listen. But one can but hope.....

Darrell G said...

Andy,

Its a bit cause and effect though; this kind of stunt is the reason he never got president and why he got rather hammered to be honest.

If that is the case then Lembit has frankly drawn the wrong conclusions for the result...and thats sad...

Anon,

Your right in a nutshell. Somebody in our leadership should do it....but will they? Unlikely.

Anonymous said...

Darrell, you enormously self-righteous tool, the comment you're happily endorsing from 'Anon' above is obviously from a Tory activist in Mongomeryshire.

Lembit's judgement on where to write to reach out to ordinary purveyors of soft-core porn, may raise some question-marks about his judgement, but blogs like this largely reach out to political activists. Learn then to spot your opponents' press releases masquerading as fair comment if you wish to have your own judgement taken more seriously.

Darrell G said...

Anon,

If the only defence you can think of for Lembit in this instance is that he's 'ours' then you really should reconsider who the tool is in this debate. I have, on occasion, most notably on Liberal Conspiracy in the anti-fascism debate sided and endorsed the opinion of known Conservatives over that of 'leftists' - not because I have any time for the party as a whole or as a body of ideas but simply because they are more right in an individual instance.

Even if you are right therefore it wouldnt necessarily follow that I would disagree with the anon you mention. You are going to look so silly if we eventually do lose the seat because you were too busy lost in your tribal haze to notice issues that are raised that may cost us it in the first place...

Darrell G said...

Incidentally Anon, follow this link....http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/borisjohnson/3777628/Benn-the-Younger-talks-sense-no-third-runway-at-Heathrow.html...disgraceful isnt it..Boris Johnson endorsing a Labour ministers view...he really must be a tool too....

Darrell G said...

Final comment on this but anon from my reading you could be totally wrong...it seems equally likely to me that far from being a Tory troll the poster is a dispirited local Lib Dem....of course, it could be either but one of things about allowing anonymous comments is you have to take things at face value rather...and you cant complain about that since you chose to hide behind that privilege yourself ;)