Sunday, March 12, 2006

Something Fishy About Margaret Beckett

The Pendennis column in The Observer today thinks Margaret Beckett let the cat out of the bag on the Today Programme this week, when she said "When we get rid of all the other blood sports, there will still be the House of Commons." Yes, Margaret, but with very few Labour MPs left in it. You see, fishing is a more popular pastime in this country than football. Apparently 4 million of us go fishing. That's quite a lot of voters to offend. Personally I'd rather listen to four hours of Richard Clayderman tinkling his ivories than be bored witless on a riverbank, but each to their own. I suspect the Countryside Alliance will be leaping on this quote like a flying salmon.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Grow up. It's not even her quote - she was quoting someone else.

Iain Dale said...

Well, that's not how the Observer story reads. I have checked again. Who was she quoting then?

Innocent Abroad said...

As with the opposition to foxhunting, it's a gender thing. The whole thing is a dog-whistle to women unhappily married to hangers & floggers.

(You can see why I don't often put up coments on Guido's blog, can't you...)

Steve said...

I don't know if she was quooting someone, but it is pretty obvious that she meant that nothing will ever stop people getting after MPs for perceived misdemeanours. I like political tittle tattle and gossip as much as anyone (why else would I read this blog?) but I'm quite convinced that time spent picking up this story is wasted - a distraction for the hunters and the hunted, if you like.