Harry Harperson and the Blame Game

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has said there should be “no blame game” in the wake of its election defeat.

She told the BBC that Labour must do its job of holding the government to account while avoiding “scapegoating”.

She was speaking after ex-chancellor Alistair Darling became the latest figure to attack the party’s direction under former leader Ed Miliband.

WTF? An election that Labour should have won, could have won, and there’s to be no blame assigned to whichever set of mongs lost it?

43 comments on “Harry Harperson and the Blame Game

  1. Don’t interrupt an opponent when s/he is making a mistake.

    I hope they learn NOTHING from this defeat. And their spittle-flecked supporters twattering that the Tory govt will LITERALLY cause deaths can only make floating Tory voters glad they voted Tory.

    If the Tories have any balls, they’ll hold Labour’s feet to the fire to try to get them to disown the protesting/rioting/ridiculous rhetoric etc.

  2. It is a trick that I use constantly.

    Things go wrong at home? No blame. (translate as: ‘snot my fault). When you are responsible, it is a highly recommendable strategy!

    Infantile but can be effective!

  3. abacab, with the touring of Chuka Umunna as potential leader, it’s quite blatantly clear that they’ve learned nothing!

  4. After 2010 Labour told itself it hadn’t really lost and in 2015 the electorate would realise and put right it’s mistake. So Labour just needed to sit back and wait….And it voted for Ed to lead it.

    Harriet is now saying the same thing over; hope Labour is listening to her!

  5. Person significantly the blame for an event claims “there should be no blame game”.

    In other news, pope still thought to be Catholic.

  6. dearieme – I saw on Twitter:

    Harriet Harman is the ideal choice to unite Labour, given her experience in bringing the young and old together.

  7. Shouldn’t that read “given her experience ALONGSIDE THE PAEDOPHILE INFORMATION EXCHANGE in bringing the young and old together”?

  8. Ironman, JuliaM – oh, please God, let it be Chaka Khan.

    He’s “the British Obama”. It says so on his Wikipedia page. Maybe William Connolly helped him write it.

  9. When they start drawing the Venn diagram they should include “human being” which they failed to do when choosing their previous two leaders.

  10. I must confess when Lord Prescott of Pies waded in say Ed should have defended Brown’s economic miracle more robustly I did feel a twinge of sympathy for the poor bastard. Image having to put up with that level of lunacy for five years.

  11. “She told the BBC that Labour must do its job of holding the government to account”

    Dontcha love it how the libtards feel the need to “hold the government to account” only when THEY are not in power?

  12. Not Chuka because then the combined forces of the left would scream racism every time anyone criticised either his conduct or his thoughts, not even satire would be safe. He is a member of a designated victim group and therefore above criticism.

  13. Matthew L – Chaka is like a photo negative of Ed Miliband. He has all the same hilarious flaws, just in reverse.

    Where Ed was a clueless Marxist dweeb, Chaka is a clueless preening popinjay. He gives off a sleazy London nightclub promoter vibe, like he could hook you up with some really good class A drugs in the VIP toilets. And possibly a handjob from a former Big Brother contestant.

    His internet exploits are legendary. There’s plenty more dirt to be mined in them there hills. His name sounds like Chumbawumba. And he’s observably not very bright. Ed being a wonk didn’t help him. Chaka being a bit of a thicky City wide boy won’t help Labour either.

    He’d be electoral kryptonite to working class traditional Labour voters in the North and Scotland. The unions will hate him. The Muslims won’t be keen on a playboy. I hope he wins the Labour leadership.

  14. > the combined forces of the left would scream racism every time anyone criticised either his conduct or his thoughts, not even satire would be safe.

    I doubt that would work as well in Britain as it did in the US.

  15. Ljh – Not Chuka because then the combined forces of the left would scream racism every time anyone criticised either his conduct or his thoughts

    Yes, but so? They tried burying Ed’s weirdness with accusations of anti-Semitism. It didn’t work.

    The electorate will hear that not voting for Chaka’s party is racist, then go out and vote for the slightly less twattish white man.

  16. “The electorate will hear that not voting for Chaka’s party is racist,”

    Because bullying and berating the electorate into voting Labour worked so well this time around :p

    I hope they do it again, but even louder.

  17. Steve,

    “Harriet Harman is the ideal choice to unite Labour, given her experience in bringing the young and old together.”

    I’d love that. Especially if Mr Harperson can get the unions to support her and convince those millions of people paying the political levy that this would be a good idea (the change to OMOV gives union members even greater power than before).

  18. @Matthew L – Chuka’s firmly on the Brownite/Compass wing of the party – dyed in the wool anti-Blairite

  19. We were told by Labour that the election should be on the issues, not personalities. But whatever the issues, it seems that too many people could not face the prospect of Britain’s hopes being pinned on Red(but now Dead)Ed.

  20. UKIP would be desperate for Chuka to win. A smarmy London political fixer, just what Labour needs.

    But Harperson, PLEASE. Does she have Union backing? That’s who is going to win, the Unison-favoured one.

  21. theProle – “In other news, pope still thought to be Catholic.”

    Not so fast. Raul Castro seems to have his doubts.

  22. Flatty

    Not sure where you got the Chuka/Brown thing. Getting endorsed by Mandelson speaks volumes.

  23. Arnald – surprised to see you here so soon after your terrible disappointment.

    I hope they go for anyone, I don’t care who because I actually think they’re fucked.

  24. Chuka’s firmly on the Brownite/Compass wing of the party – dyed in the wool anti-Blairite

    Excellent. Exactly the sort of person that should be leading Labour into the 2020’s. I thoroughly approve.

    Not Chuka because then the combined forces of the left would scream racism every time anyone criticised either his conduct or his thoughts, not even satire would be safe.

    Even better, because when they do the polling they will fuck up even more than this time around.

    “Will you be voting for Chuka Umunna?” – “Of course – do I look like a racist?” (then goes into the polling station and votes Tory to make sure that the socialist nutters don’t get back in again)

  25. mongs – lol
    Maybe she is making a deeper point, to whit /everything/ went to mongville and so singling out one or two mongberts is a waste of time. Or maybe she is just extending the mong branch in order to pour oil over troubled mongs. As it were

    chortles

  26. So, who’ve we got? Milimong Sr. only seems normal by comparison to that gurning spastic he calls a brother. Burnham is as thick as boiled pigshit and is a creature of the unions. Yvette Cooper is tainted with the smell of shrivelled balls err Balls, Tristram ‘Rhyming Slang’ Hunt is a voter-repellent. Chunky Monkey looks like a timeshare salesman. Liz Kendall looks like the annoying harpy in Human Resources that everyone hates. Others (Cruddas, Khan) have run for the hills although whether to conduct guerilla operations remains to be seen. The new Shadow Cabinet lineup is a lot more MFI than Chippendale. It’s all really rather amusing.

  27. The “racism” card would be even more effective here than in the USA, where we have a monoculture rather than the Proggie/Redneck dichotomy.

    Anyway, in other news I see Nigel’s risen from the tomb three days after his crucifixion. Many disciples have already seen him on various roads, and shared a pint in a tavern before realising who he was. One lady found him in a flowerbed and thought he was the gardener.

    So much for UKIP evolving beyond one man band status. Sigh.

  28. “The “racism” card would be even more effective here than in the USA, where we have a monoculture rather than the Proggie/Redneck dichotomy.”

    I don’t agree – browbeating the floating voters clearly doesn’t work, and browbeating them even more with the racism card will just get the response “oh, come the f*ck on, is that all you’ve got?”.

  29. Twitter (a social network M’Lud) is alive with talk of all Tory voters being ‘cunts’ and ‘scum’ and ‘evil’ and ‘vicious’ (it’s even worse than our tiny little corner of the Internet) and claims that the Tories are about to embark on a programme of mass murder of the elderly, poor and disabled because they ‘hate’ them.

    It’s like Arnald (in his lithium-less incarnation) and Ironman have half a million sock puppets.

    Then there are the weirdo celebs like Eddie Izzard and Jack Monroe, and the arrogant, like Graham Linehan and Russell Brand, and the smug, like Mark Steel and Dave Schneider, talking about how ‘numb’ they are and how the voters just must be morons.

    Long may it continue – they simply don’t get it and the more they rail against the result and the ‘stupid’ ordinary folks who voted the ‘wrong’ way ‘against their own interests’ the more nails they are hammering in.

    Undone by their own nastiness – it’s actually very funny.

  30. An excellent way to alienate the more than 50% who voted for right-of-centre parties.

    Long may it continue! Let’s hope they can keep it up for a decade or longer.

  31. To be fair to Ms Harman, I listened to that interview and that’s a gross misrepresentation.

    Naughtie was trying to goad her into having a pop at Ed Miliband. And was at his sneering worst.

    She basically said “clearly we had it wrong, but so did the polls and the media, and if it was that obvious what was wrong, we’d have changed it last week – the idea that miraculously everybody suddenly knows what was wrong and what is right is facile. We need to do a proper review and not just jump to something else, which might be equally wrong”

    Which I kind of agree with. Which may be a first.

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