I have decided; from now on, when declaring anything to be utterly appalling, I shall declare “That’s totally Boris!” This is in response to the news that Boris has managed to convince crazy case MP, Kate Hoey, to advise him on matters of sport, should he win the London mayoral race. I think the whole show is totally Boris.
Within the Labour Party there are plenty of members who flout the party line. There are members even within the PLP who can make disobedience into an art form. Some of them are genuinely principled men and women who have fought hard to get where they are, tooth and claw resisting the rightward march of the Party.
Then there are people like Kate Hoey.
The MP for Vauxhall is the infamous Chair of the Countryside Alliance, a group which has been attempting to channel funds to opponents of Labour. From which she earns a tidy figure somewhere between fifteen and twenty thousand pounds. She also has a nice column for the Daily Telegraph.
Despite her sensible positions on things like the war on Iraq and Trident renewal, Hoey is one of those strange vaguely left wing people, like Frank Field, who aren’t part of the Campaign Group. She’s from an Ulster Unionist background as well, according to wikipedia.
Bit of a strange one.
(An excellent article written by Marsha-Jane can be read by all here)