Thursday 23 March 2017

Case of Tory pot calling the Labour kettle black

Andreas Whittam Smith

British Prime Minister David Cameron's hand on his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, England, yesterday
British Prime Minister David Cameron's hand on his speech at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, England, yesterday

Every speech made by a government minister at the British Conservative Party conference this week has contained a lengthy passage denigrating Labour's record in office. An order must have gone out: first rubbish your opponents.

Yes, I know this is politics. I understand that this is what politicians do. Labour was no different. Gordon Brown couldn't let an occasion pass without dumping on his Conservative predecessors -- even when more than a decade had gone by since they had left the stage.

But it's all so bloody childish and tiresome. It adds nothing to anybody's store of knowledge or to his or her understanding of how the world works. It is also tempting fate, as we shall see.

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