Tuesday 15 September 2009


Is Hattie Harman Mobilising?


Harriet Harman just made a speech on reforms to clean up Parliament in the wake of the MPs' expenses scandal. But maybe just as interesting is her canvassing of Labour party members. In what is being seen by at least one Labour MP as a possible prelude to another leadership bid, Ms Harman's volunteers have been asking the following questions:

"Who do you think is the best person to sell the Labour party?"

"On a scale of 0 to 5, how do you rate Harriet Harman?"

A spokeswoman for Ms Harman insists it is something the Deputy Labour leader has been doing for some time:

"When she won the deputy leadership campaign, she pledged that she would keep in contact with party activists and she has done that ever since.

As part of that commitment, she has a team of volunteer activists who regularly ring around to hear the opinions of grassroot activists. It’s a very useful and important means to keep Harriet in touch with the party and it’s something that is appreciated by party activists.” 

Sue Thomas, a constituency party secretary in Ipswich, tells me that she was asked to rate not just Harriet's performance but also, on a scale of 1 to 5, that of G Brown himself. Sue insists that the questions were not put in the form of "Harriet v Gordon" or phrased as a leadership bid in any way. 

A spokeswoman for Ms Harman says the plain and simple answer to the question in the title of this blogpost is: "An unambiguous 'No'."

"Harriet is doing the job that she was elected to do - to maintain party engagement and it's entirely legitimate for her to do this as part of that process."

"This is a regular activity, not something started with any ulterior motive. Harriet is a loyal deputy to the Prime Minister and it's utter rubbish to suggest otherwise or to suggest that she's building some kind of database of emails and information."  


So,  Mad Hattie's leadership ambitions are showing no signs of diminishing - as if! Although she and her supporters constantly deny that she is actively campaigning for the job, many Labour MPs and Ministers refute these denials. I remember not so long ago either reading or hearing on a news programme that her ideal outcome in a leadership election would place her as PM and Alan Johnson as her Deputy - I don't imagine she would get much trouble from him! 

Insiders said, "everyone knows that Harriet is building a base among members - everything she does is about positioning for the leadership." Her actions came to light as Labour insiders say the party is starting to look beyond Mr Brown. One backbencher said: “You can’t find anyone outside No 10 who thinks we can win the next election, so it’s all about who takes over as leader after we lose and Gordon goes.” 

Many Labour MPs believe that Brown can hold on until the election and I, for one, would be extremely happy if that is indeed the case, however, senior members foresee no improvement in Labour's poll ratings if Brown remains in place and, as such, want a leadership challenge after the Labour conference in a few weeks time. I truly hope they botch this third attempt to oust him because he is our best hope for a complete Labour meltdown come election time and that is our best hope to turn Britain back into the place where we used to live in freedom from these socialist monsters and their partners in crime, the damned socialist EU! 

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LSP said...

Well said Spider.

have things gotten so bad that Harperson would stand a chance as PM?

Barking Spider said...

You never know, LSP, but Brown might just get the boot in October and then she'll be going for it tooth and claw, the old harpy!

If they have any sense at all, it won't happen - apart from anything else, her "equality" policies are real vote losers, and every man in the Country would end up packing his bags and leaving, or, perhaps, forget about packing and join the stampede to get out!

They seem set on installing Alan Johnson in the job and I can't see him being much of a threat to Cameron but he's also blotted his copybook a couple of times, most notably by not intervening in the Gary McKinnon extradition proceedings when High Court judges and the European Court of Human Rights have said that he can legally face trial in Britain. The chap has Asberger's syndrome and is no security threat to anyone other that that he really knows his way around computers. They would do better to give him a job rather than wanting to jail him for 70 years which could lead him to commit suicide. I don't believe that the British public will ever forgive Jonson for his cowardice in toeing the party line over his extradition.

Auld Baw Face said...

Spider, it’s good to see Hattie back in the news again. I have missed her over the last few weeks would assume that she was away getting some colonic irrigation done.
Maybe she was also spending some time with her shrink, trying to find out why men hate her and come to terms with it.

Barking Spider said...

I'm glad to see her back, too, AOM, it just hasn't been the same without having her around to target some bile towards - the next few weeks should be good - the silly season seems to have lasted for ages. Oh, wait - it HAS lasted for ages!

Can't say I would have fancied the colonic irrigation job!!

Oldrightie said...

Deep down our Hattie envies Phony and relishes the chance to make the big bucks he's on. Always follow the money.

INCOMING!!!!!!! said...

"Sell" the Labour Party.

I know where the whole lot of boybitches could go.

The Harem that Scunnert was advertising a couple of days back!!!

Useless phekking........I've run out of sweary words!!!!

Tarquin said...

I would like this to happen - Hattie is probably worse for Labour's prospects than Brown, and she couldn't do anything before an election now

She's also a better parliamentarian, and while I detest her politics I can at least respect her for that, as opposed to 'repeat the line' Brown

I guess she's like Kinnock in a way...

The End (Bye Bye!) said...

The Harpy would be an even bigger disaster than Gordon Brown. Let's hope she challenges him!

Anonymous said...

IMHO, it is to be hoped that Harriet takes over the leadership before the election. As others have asserted, if anything, the Election will be an even greater disaster for Labour with Harman at the helm. Another Kinnock? looks very similar!

Barking Spider said...

She really does fancy herself for that, OR, Prime Minister AND big bucks - the only thing is, to stand any chance of being PM, Gordon needs to get the boot in a few weeks time because no member of the public in their right mind would ever willingly elect her!

Anonymous said...

One could argue that Harpie saw her current job as a means of surrepticiously campaigning for the top job 'legitimately', without being labelled "disloyal".

Let's hope she becomes the new LP head honcho. That'll secure its demise.

Barking Spider said...

"Sell" the Labour Party is such a ridiculous concept, Incoming, to everyone except the Labour Party - they simply refuse to stop kidding themselves and join the real world!

I'm with you and Scunnert - sell them all off into sexual slavery to pay for their sins - mind you, some of them might like it!

This shower of shite could make anyone run out of sweary words to describe them - I'm starting to run short myself which is unusual for me.

Barking Spider said...

If Brown is levered out anytime soon, Tarquin, I'd love to see her get the job for exactly that reason. She is completely unelectable, so that does make her just like Kinnock - that should keep them out for decades - nice!

Barking Spider said...

Spot on Gigits, I'd been thinking about that and now it looks like it's definitely on the cards - good way to go, perhaps!

Barking Spider said...

Edgar, the more I think about it, the more I like that scenario - let's just hope she goes through with it and has the support to pull it off! (Ouch! maybe an unfortunate choice of words where she's concerned)

Barking Spider said...

I think you're right about her positioning herself for this very opportunity, Fausty, she's a right devious bitch, after all.

She also wouldn't be able to wreck too much before the election, unlike Brown who wrecks everything he touches, the incompetent twat!

GoodnightVienna said...

I think she just wants to be called The Leader of the Opposition. She's a shrill shrew and no mistake.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I too wonder who will take the helm of the sinking ship. If you look at her photo and squint a little, she looks just like Michael Foot.

Tarquin said...

Oh yeah, that's a good point GV - I don't want to have to listen to her every week as the sodding opposition

Perfect scenario would be that they slip below the lib dems

Amusing Bunni said...

She looks like a mad hatter, I think!

Barking Spider said...

Shrill and shrew are most certainly two of the right words for her, GV.

Barking Spider said...

I like that scenario, Tarquin, having to listen to her every week would completely ruin PMQs.

Barking Spider said...

Hi, Bunni: Nice one!
She is an utterly bonkers harridan and you caught the Mad Hattie pun, too.