Thursday, November 29, 2007

On Mr Stalin and Mr Bean

A thought occurred to me while watching Question Time this evening. Just the one mind. Alan Duncan MP for Rutland and Melton and Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform expressed his glee at comments made by Vince Cable, the acting leader of the Liberal Democrats, in yesterday's PMQs. What Cable said was this:

"Mr Speaker, the House has noticed the Prime Minister's remarkable transformation in the last few weeks from Stalin to Mr Bean. Creating chaos out of order rather than order out of chaos."

Isn't it funny, thought I, that when a pissed-up, crass-tongued Ken Livingstone compared a Jewish newspaper reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard, he was, quite rightly, condemned across the political spectrum. That he also faced disciplinary action was to my mind a step too far. However, when all and sundry flippantly compare Gordon Brown to Koba the Dread not a word is heard to demur.

Some years ago the New Statesman magazine ran an edition on whose front cover Tony Blair was depicted as the Man of Steel. One contributor vowed never to take a commission again while the deputy editor at the time is said to have resigned for the same reason.

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