A post by Bugger, the Panda.
I am not a great fan of politicians. I find them thoroughly self centred, self serving and living in a bubble of their own making, separated from the great unwashed, who pay their expenses.
The Labour Party, North British Branch is a perfect example of where politics has gone wrong. You get one party in power for so long that they have become totally separated from the needs of the voters and in fact need their manor to stay poor and in fear, to maintain themselves in power.
I take the view that all politicians should be put down at birth and have never once thought of entering the political structure. I have a Marxian view about political parties. No, not Karl, Groucho.I would never join a political party that would accept someone like me as a member.
That all said, I think that Frank McAveety has had a bum rap over his Gaugin gaffe.
I have listened to what he said, several times and for the like of me I can find nothing that would require his resignation as convenor of that committee. It may have been that the person in question was a young girl but, from a distance could he have seen that? If she were from the Philippines or even Thailand I can assure you that many women in their twenties and thirties can easily land naturally look in their teens and maybe vice versa, if they try.
He just about trod on the line with the words about the heat in the chamber but what man has not said much, much worse. Everything else he said was undergraduate stuff, almost Monty Pythonesque; nudge nudge, say no more. He was just an idiot to say what he did when he did, especially with mike on.
I am not going to examine McAveety’s lack of knowledge of Geography, he was, after all, an English teacher.
However the banshee howl from self righteous against McAveety smell more of small town witch hunt than the true anger and indignation I have over the political class’s troughing on the political purse. How many of them resigned, or even said sorry?
Let us consider in the boot was on another foot, say a ladies size 4?
Let us say that Jackie Baillie was quacking away with Wee Wendy.
Wendy How did I do Jackie?
Jackie; Fuckin’ brilliant
Jackie; What do think of that blond Greek God on the first row? I bet he has tight buns.
Would the press, and other usual subjects have been all over Jackie in the same way they were McAveeny? I think not and it would have been treated as a bit of a joke. If it were not, and the self righteous PC brigade dragged out the ducking stool, you can bet your Social Giro that the “Sisterhood,” maybe some of the same howling banshees attacking McAveety, would crying foul and demanding the right to leer like a man.
As I said, politically correct double standards.
Now how is that possible?
Frank McAveeny goat a bum rap over this. I am off to look at his expenses.