January 5th, 2012

Labour Finally Comment

“We disagree with Diane’s tweet. It is wrong to make sweeping generalisations about any race, creed, or culture. The Labour Party has always campaigned against such behaviour – and so has Diane Abbott.”

Time for an apology, or it won’t be the last comment they have to make about their Shadow Health Minister…

UPDATE: Firstly there was this:

And now this:

“I understand people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people. I do not believe in doing that. I apologise for any offence caused.”

It comes as no surprise that Guido’s speculation that it was Ed on the phone turned out to be correct. It sounds like she has a gun to her head. Why did this take hours? Thought it was “taken out of context”? A  long morning…


267 Comments

  1. 1
    Tuscan Tony says:

    “It is wrong to make sweeping generalisations about any race, creed, or culture”

    that in itself is a sweeping generalisation.

    • 4
      Ah! Monika says:

      Still think she should be given another Brilloing!

      • 34
        BillyBob... says:

        Too little too late !

        • 60
          Evil Landlord says:

          Too far , too fast !

          • Lord G says:

            What will become clear quite quickly is that the right will not pursue the left with the same venomous vitriol displayed all too often when roles are reversed.

          • misterned says:

            Cameron sacked ANY shadow minister of any rank when they did less than she has.

            Miliband is harbouring a racist in his shadow cabinet. The left are a bunch of vile closet racists and now we all know it!

          • misterned says:

            Carole Thatcher got sacked from the One Show because of a private, off-air, non-public comment. Breath held waiting for the BBC to do the same to Abbott and sack her from the “This Week” programme. Actually I won’t risk holding my breath.

            The left defend racists, but only based on the colour of their skin!

          • jrand says:

            Well said Mr Ned, Ab-bouter is yer typical over promoted Liebourite, all heart. mouf and empty head.
            Look back in horror at HMaj’s former govt — Watson, McBride, Dolly Draper….
            Will Diane the Mouf walk? Nooooo way.

          • Atar says:

            Flabbot is an ugly racist.

            She isn’t exactly an oil-painting either.

            How did her offspring get on at their hideously white old colonial private school she insisted they attend rather than the dreadful local Labour inspired sink comprehensive stabbing academy (only fit for us plebs)?

    • 27
      Mister Nobody says:

      “It is wrong”

      Not racist, then??

      • 42
        izit coz eye's wite says:

        ‘White people love playing divide and rule…’

        Yes, people have interpreted your comments as making generalisations about white people Diane, and they are certainly interpreting them accurately.

      • 58
        Sid The Pig says:

        It can’t be because she is a black female MP. She cannot be racist or ever utter a racist comment as that would be against the rules of the Labour Party and the political dogma that it swept into our country. Only white people can be racist it seems.

        • 156
          misterned says:

          We should STOP accepting it a tackle ALL racism in ALL races and in all communities.

          If we don’t, then there will be a massive backlash and it will not be whites sho will be the victims!

    • 39
      The General Public says:

      I understand that my generalisations about white people have been interpreted as generalisations about white people. I never thought anyone would notice. I’m deeply irritated at the furore this has caused.

      Signed,

      A. Bigot (MP)
      Hackney

    • 53
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Diane Abbott apologises over ‘racist’ comment on Twitter, but not on camera…..

    • 133
      THE LABOUR PARTY says:

      We would like to remind all our MPs to tweet personal remarks that may reveal our parties intention to persecute white people if we were to regain power is simply wrong.
      There’s no chance of power

    • 178
      Anonymous says:

      But it is not about any “race, creed, or culture”

    • 183
      gman says:

      Being a racist isn’t Abbots most abhorrent trait, its being pig-shit thick.

  2. 2
    Only in the Graun says:

    An apology won’t be enough. She must go.

    • 7
      Hugh Janus says:

      +1

    • 11
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      It’s much worse than Carol Thatcher’s behaviour for a start.

    • 38
      rocknrolla says:

      Again, had it been an indigenous person making similar comments they would be hounded out of their job, with the twatter storm encouraged by the BBC and Guardian, with no opportunity to give context etc.

      • 59
        To Be Fair says:

        To be fair, in this case the context doesnt help Ms Abbot, as it clearly shows what she thinks of White people AND what she thinks about Black people who dont buy into her way of thinking. It also reveals her weasel words justifying what she said to be a pack of lies. The leadt said about the context the better old chap.

    • 87
      Delia Smithson says:

      + 1

      If she does not get sacked then we will know for sure that race laws are just there to control free speech and stifle debate amongst white people about our wonderful rainbow utopia.

      LABOUR!: A POLICEMAN IN EVERY WHITE PERSONS HEAD.

      That is what they have achieved – just like in all left wing dictatorships – they put fear of expressing yourself or debating into your consciousness.

      • 100
        Ctesibius says:

        She doesn’t need to resign – we know that already.

        • 187
          What a plonker. says:

          Another example of weak leadership by Miliband for not sacking her
          immediately for this vile racist comment.

    • 186
      Anonymous says:

      I’m conflicted by this. On the one hand anything that brings this corpulent, odious toad down a notch is fine by me but I hate using the Nu Labour “racist” card to beat her with. Far better to restore freedom of speech in this country so that the Miss Diane’s of this world can say what they want about us oppressive honkies and the likes of Starkey can be free to opine at length about the benefits of b***k culture.

      • 195
        Only in the Graun says:

        Who is this Starkey you speak of?

        We have no record of such a person at Minibeeb.

        We will cross check our files with Minigraun.

        Remember comrade, we do not speak of those who have been deleted.

      • 196
        Only in the Graun says:

        Who is this Starkey you spe@k of?

        We have no record of such a person at Minibeeb.

        We will cross check our files with Minigraun.

        Remember comrade, we do not speak of those who have been deleted.

      • 209
        Honest View says:

        I agree entirely. I’m sick of hearing the “Racist!” cry every time someone opens their mouth. If this Abbott woman can defend her views, let her get on and debate them. If people have views about blacks, let them get on and debate them, argue their point, give examples.
        We have at least one area where free speech just isn’t allowed. A complete repressive dictatorship reigns over this subject. Look at Milliband’s declaration. Resentment will grow, hidden discontent will fester when people are not allowed to have views, not able to voice them and discuss them in whatever field.
        So let Diane Abbott have her say, so long as other people who disagree can have theirs as well.

      • 262
        Richard Starkey says:

        + 100 Peace and Love

  3. 3
    Apathy Rising says:

    “….and so has Diane Abbott.”

    Clearly not, or perhaps they didn’t understand.

    The Laboured Party just keep sinking in a mire of their own making.

  4. 6
    Xenocrates says:

    One law for them and another for us.

    • 24
      Diane says:

      One law for you, and another law for you

      • 63
        Sid The Pig says:

        Right! Don’t ever think differently, you is not racist, but you think that Carol Thatcher was right to be sacked for saying a lot less than you! lol

  5. 8
    Anonymous says:

    As a Shadow Minister she is casting a dark shadow over Westminster.

  6. 9
    clear-eyed fabulist says:

    Well that’s all right then. Phew!

  7. 10
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Weak. Like Ed Miliband.

  8. 13
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Would those be the same white folk who ‘divide and rule’ by sending their kids to private schools ?

  9. 14
    The light of day says:

    She’s casting a dark shadow

  10. 15
    I don't need no doctor says:

    More weak leadership from Ed Miliband. Abbott must resign.
    Abbott went too far and too fast.

    • 37
      Modulus says:

      Clearly the Labour party is flatlining.

    • 166
      Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

      She shouldn’t be allowed to resign. She should have been fired from her post and dismissed from the Nazi Liebore Party as soon as her remarks were in the public domain.

      • 210
        Honest View says:

        No. You can’t defend free speech and then cry out for dismissal as soon as someone opens their mouth.
        You can accuse her of hypocrisy, you can defend our historical record, which in my view is as admirable as most nation’s, but stop subscribing to this witch-hunt mentality every time someone has a view on racial matters.

  11. 17
    Royal Mint says:

    We have sent her our new 50p coin.

  12. 19
    The context makes it worse says:

    “We disagree with Diane’s tweet. It is wrong to make sweeping generalisations about any race, creed, or culture. -yes we know such comments are considered racist

    The Labour Party has always campaigned against such behaviour – and so has Diane Abbott.”-yes we know such behaviour is considered hypocricy

    To make matters worse rather than apologise Abbott has lied to us in that very patronising way she is famed for about the context of her comments.

    Racism, hypocricy and dishonesty , whats there not to resign about ?

  13. 20
    Apathy Rising says:

    Only white people can be accused of hypocrisy then ?

    I’m trying to understand the rules.

    • 43
      Cat says:

      No, you have understood them perfectly! Only white people can be accused of racism. If black people do it, it’s called ‘truth’ and ‘justified’.

      • 49
        This is getting confusing says:

        What about white people who live in caravans – aka the ‘travelling communiteh’? Can they be racist?

      • 96
        Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

        Why does Abbott keep prattling on about the British empire? No one is alive who was responsible for it.

        I don’t keep fucking going on about the Romans or Vikings who raped and butchered my ancestors by their thousands.

        Abbott is a tired old stuck record, she’s a racist.

        • 111
          Anon says:

          Also, if it wasn’t for the British Empire, she wouldn’t be living in London on a salary of £65,738 plus expenses, living allowance and gold-plated final-salary non-contributory pension.

          Her son, if he’d survived infancy, certainly wouldn’t have gone to a top public school, either.

          • Leftists = grievance mongering rent seekers says:

            DA is in the shad cab, so her ‘salary’ will be a lot higher than that.

        • 155
          yeah, right.. says:

          Pretty little thing, though…..

        • 206
          joescotus says:

          my ancestors had no slaves in fact like most their lot was little better than slaves .they died ,up chimneys,down mines,hanged for stealing so not to starve, where’s the left’s narrative on that?

  14. 21
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire says:

    Diane Abbott, the shadow health minister, has been accused of racism after she posted a comment on Twitter which said “white people” liked to play “divide and rule”.

    The FA have issued her with an eight match ban.

    • 30
      Ah! Monika says:

      EX Sky Billy. Guido likes you to HT

    • 110
      M says:

      Like labours attempt to divide society with a class war before the last election .

      • 213
        Honest View says:

        Not really anything so ambitious. Simply a rallying call to their core vote, which they see as the poor and downtrodden, or to use that most popular of words, the number one buzzword of 2011 (and in the running early for 2012) “vulnerable”.

  15. 22
    Pedobear says:

    being a retard obviously has no problem with skin colour

  16. 25
    AnotherAnon. says:

    Did I miss it or are the BBC lying?

  17. 28
    wan hung-lo says:

    I understand people have interpreted my comments as ….

    So it wasn’t her fault but the fault of those who took the wrong inference from what she was trying to say !!

    If that’s a fucking apology then I’m a Chinaman.

    • 46
      Karry Be Ann Queen says:

      Wun hung low, is that you?

    • 64
      This is getting confusing says:

      I can’t easily dig it up on Google, but under the Labour government there was a case where a person deemed someone’s comment to be homophobic. The person who made the comment denied that the comment was homophobic (the comment was along the lines of “ooh, get you, dear!”). Guidance issued to the police was: a comment IS homophobic if a person who hears the comment DEEMS IT TO BE homophobic.

      I would guess the same rules apply for comments deemed to be racist.

      • 81
        Dianne Abott is a Racist under McPherson says:

        The MCPherson report contained the following definition of a racist incident as ” any incident in which any person deems to be racist”

        I rest my case.

    • 144
      Only in the Graun says:

      How else were we supposed to interpret her comment?

      She’s a racist.

      She must go.

      If she doesn’t go then the whole of this preposterous hatespeach/thoughtcrime legislation needs to be expunged from the statute books as it clearly only applied to some and not others.

      • 217
        Honest View says:

        But take your pick! Which would you prefer to go: one blabbermouthing politician or the whole “preposterous hatespeech/thoughtcrime legislation”?
        Personally, I think it would be healthier to see the latter go.

    • 145
      Only in the Graun says:

      How else were we supposed to interpret her comment?

      She’s a racist.

      She must go.

      If she doesn’t go then the whole of this preposterous hatespe@ch/thoughtcrime legislation needs to be expunged from the statute books as it clearly only applied to some and not others.

  18. 32
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    so if anyone is offended it’s because they have misinterpreted the comment which was taken out of context?

  19. 33
    Song for the Day says:

  20. 40
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    “I understand people have interpreted my generalisations about white people as making generalisations about white people.

    I do not believe in doing that. I just do it.

    I have been told that I apologise for any offence caused.”

  21. 44
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Ed Miliband could have used this as a moment to sack her. She’s a liability. Not front bench material. But The Plonker dithered again.

    • 54
      The Last Quango in Paris says:

      front bench shaping up well, the man who shafted his brother and backed Brown, the 3rd choice Chancellor who was in with McBride, the Deputy who allowed her husband to bypass the all women shortlists, the women who thinks ALL whites divide and rule…….. looking more unelectable by the second.

      • 93
        The Last Quango in Paris says:

        and forgot Liam (Mr Byrne) ‘there’s no money left’ Byrne

        • 198
          Mike Hunt says:

          Don’t forget Andrew Neather (ok, not a front bencher but still one of them)

          To quote the Speccie:
          As the former Labour speechwriter, Andrew Neather, put it, the policy (unfettered immigration) was intended to ‘rub the right’s noses in it’ and chastise them with the massed ovine bleat of ‘raaaaaaaaacccccist’ should they possibly object.

    • 185
      Only in the Graun says:

      Agreed.

      He could have looked (however fleetingly) like a leader. Like a (slightly) decisive man.

      But instead he wimps out. Funks it. Fails.

      How utterly and depressingly predictable of Ed.

  22. 47
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire says:

    On a recent business trip to Ireland I was looking out of my hotel window and noticed two irishmen, one was digging a hole and the other was coming behind him filling it back in again! “how strange” I thought and went off to my next meeting. Later that afternoon I returned to the hotel to notice the two irishmen still going, one digging a hole and the other filling it back in! I could no longer watch I just had to ask them what they were doing. I approached one of the irishmen and politely asked “excuse me, I couldnt help but notice you digging all these holes and your friend just filling them back in again, whats the point of that”? the irishman smiled and replied ” well theres usually three of us but the one who plants the trees has got the day off”!

  23. 50
    Desperate Dan says:

    Apparently the Labour Party (and therefore the BBC and The Guardian) accept lower standards of behaviour from black people. Its OK for black people to make sweeping racist remarks and then excuse them by saying they were misunderstood because they don’t know any better.

  24. 51
    On the Clapham bendybus says:

    “people have interpreted my comments as making generalisations about white people”

    There’s no interpretation needed, she said “white people” and went on to make a sweeping generalisation about behaviour based on skin tone.

    She’s a disgrace. Worse, she’s gaffe prone and it shows Miliband’s poor judgement to have given her a job.

    • 70
      Its the cover up wot did it says:

      Shes also a liar

    • 78
      This is getting confusing says:

      Labour Party rules prevent a Labour opposition leader from choosing his or her own cabinet members. It’s put to a vote among Labour MPs, as the leader isn’t trusted to make the choice.

      Speaks volumes really, doesn’t it?

      • 176
        misterned says:

        That rule was actually changed at the 2011 labour conference, so Miliband does have the power to sack her.

        Will he have the courage to sack her? He clearly knows that her comments were wrong. If it had been a white MP making equivalent racist remarks in the tory party, Miliband would be screaching till his adenoids burst for Cameron to sack them.

        Has he sacked her yet? Or is he still protecting a racist in his shadow cabinet?

  25. 55
    A BBC/Labour party spokes-arseole says:

    The outrage about Abbott on Radio Five Labour is incredible, their Celt/northern presenters are going on about it non stop!!!

    • 56
      A Labour Parteh surrogate spokesman form the vested interests says:

      Having a go at Abbott is racist

      • 151
        Only in the Graun says:

        You’re not wrong.

        That is in essence the BBC/Guardian perception of the matter.

        I’m not kidding. I see it from the inside every day.

  26. 57
    Sooty says:

    yep its probaly those same ‘white people’ that were responsible for bringing Abotts family here from wherever in the first place enabling her to get to where she is now.Ungrateful fat muppet.

  27. 61
    Gordon Brown says:

    That bigoted woman!

  28. 62
    CT says:

    Yet again she’s been allowed to get away with it because Milliband is Labour’s most useless leader of all time.

    He’s desperately afraid of Hattie and her wimmin’s lobby and of this black woman in particular.

    So Ed, why not tell us how many people Diane must offend and how many times in order for you to sack her rather than go on indulging her?

    If you don’t fire her then more racist outbursts are guaranteed from her – it’s just a matter of time…

    • 85
      Anon says:

      No, she should stay. Having an openly anti-white racist in the Labour shadow cabinet is a very very good thing. It further reduces the (already unlikely) chances of Labour winning the next election.

      • 127
        bergen says:

        I agree. This comment is for use on an appropriate occasion in the future. Presumably Ed’s now so weak that he can’t afford to pick a fight with her and her cronies. It gives Boris some cover if Labour try to resurrect some of his gaffes in the mayoral election.

  29. 65
    clear-eyed fabulist says:

    Going by what she claims she meant or what she considers was ‘taken out of context’, it’s not the public but her who could do with a refresher course in reading and comprehension.

  30. 66
    Mr Ed says:

    Sky news now reporting that it was Ed himself who interupted Abotts interview with the fortuitous phone call.

    Ps Guido is it to early to begin a Dont Unseat Dianne Abbott Association ?

  31. 69
    Penfold says:

    Abbott is brainless, stupid and thick.
    Oh, and of course carries the full complement of chips and railway ties around with her, to constantly remind her of the racist whitey scum who elected her, who pay her salary and expenses and give the silly girl a living.
    But, no doubt in her mind she knows she’s right, that all whites are racist, that she’s put upon, and what she tweeted was righteous and bang on and the apology is just words which she doesn’t mean.

    She must be sacked, racism works both ways, and she has clearly shown the other side.

  32. 71
    Only White People can be racist, IT is the LAW. says:

    Place your vote here

    http://thegauge.huffingtonpost.co.uk/diane-abbott-victim-twitter-overreacting/

    • 146
      Fish says:

      What defines our leaders isn’t so much what they say, or indeed what scrapes they get themselves into. It’s how they then act and respond to the fall-out.

      At the very best, Abbott’s words were stupid and thoughtless. But her behaviour when challenged (when under pressure) gives a deeper insight in to her true personality and beliefs. Despite what Chucky and other apologists might say about her being a champion of equality, her tweet gave us a glimpse of someone for whom ‘equality’ is just a word – some members of society are more deserving of her type of equality than others, it would appear.

      But in going on to lie about the context of her tweet we see a different Abbott – the cynical one that you can see on all those Brillo clips on this site. And then in the really telling Sky interview you see someone who was not only prepared to lie about context -she was determined not, under any circumstances, to apologise or more importantly, to retract what she said. She could have done so from the outset and defused this – she wouldn’t – this was what betrayed her true feeling about white people and her naked racism.

      And then of course according to Abbott, it was not her fault if malicious bloggers were going to deliberately misinterpret the tweet (I think that she means you Neo!).

      And then the phone rang…and Miliband apparently told her to apologise. Which she did in the most perfunctory fashion.

      It’s not good enough. Anyone can be told to apologise, but Abbott’s let the cat out of the bag. In her actions, she’s told us all what she really thinks of ‘whitey’. And of course as I write this, she hasn’t retracted a single word.

      This is so sad, so senseless. I thought that we had largely cracked this and that the UK was a nation that we could be proud to live side by side in.

      • 227
        Bottle washer off duty says:

        Your last para is spot on – that’s why a few hundred thousand indiginous folks emigrate annually.

  33. 72
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
    • 102
      Della Thompson says:

      We know.

      Only those whites in the public sector and welfare junkies still support them.

      Emma West has her kids taken from her for expressing her views, yet Abbott is defended by the left?

      The law in this land is there to oppress and suppress the white British.

    • 109
      Oh, Billy, Billy says:

      You can’t even spell right on Twitter. Adult literacy courses may be in order, Mr. Bowden, perhaps “English as a Second Language.”

  34. 72
    annette curton says:

    Diane Abbot is hideously Black.

    • 134
      Rip van Wrinkle says:

      She’s hideously fat. Hideously arrogant. And hideously racist.

      (Apologies in advance if any offence is caused to those over the ideal weight/height ratio, those who have no self-esteem and those who are white, black, yellow, brown, half-brown, albino and anyone else who does not feel to be a member of any of the above tribes)

  35. 74
    Nile says:

    Lies again from Abott – she has form. She made headlines after complaining that “blonde, blue-eyed Finnish girls” in her local hospital in east London were unsuitable as nurses because they had “never met a black person before”. Inferior care and compassion by blondes ?

    and

    West Indian women would go to the wall for their children.’ superior being in terms of care and concern for a child education ?

    She loves (present tense note) making racist generalisation and often does does so. “…as making generalisations about white people. I do not believe in doing that. I apologise for any offence caused.” Liar

    • 104
      smell the glove says:

      And that black people require a different approach to white people in east London hospitals.

      I say let her keep her job so that we are constantly reminded of what a bunch of chancers now occupy the Labour Party.

      If Michael Foot were alive today, he’d have to dye his hair.

  36. 74
    Desperate Dan says:

    She’s saying that racism as practised by white people is genetic. So if white people can’t help being racist because that is their genetic legacy then £millions need to be spent immediately on protecting racists from criticism.

  37. 76
    Anglian says:

    So Miliband won’t sack her as she “has campaigned for black people”. Well, as a black racist she would have wouldn’t she?

    • 89
      Anon says:

      +1

      I wonder if Milipede will hire Nick Griffin, on the basis that Nick “has campaigned for white people.”

      Come on, Milipede: It would be racist not to.

  38. 77
    Cat says:

    As the good Bishop has pointed out, NOT sacking her is racist. Ed’s expectations of his black MPs is obviously so low that he excuses this sort of behaviour by them. A white MP wouldn’t have had time to pick up his expenses and clear his desk.

  39. 79
    Da Goddamn White Man says:

    Whitey always be keepin’ me down. It be the goddamn white man who be makin’ me smoke dis here crack. It be the goddamn white man who be makin’ me rob and steal. It be the goddamn white man who be wreckin’ my free council flat.

    When o when will da legacy of da white man’s racism end?

    I, fo’ one, t’ank Jeebus dat we in da black community has da leadership of wunnerful lunimaries and interlecturals like Miss Diane Abbot. She also be a fine-lookin’ ho.

    • 99
      Mad Hattie Harman's curiously cavernous front bottom says:

      Violence, drugs, shooting and stabbing are rich features of their culture. We must understand, embrace and celebrate all aspects of their culture, not make judgements on it based on our Western-Imperialist capitalist aggressor background.

      • 114
        Da Goddamn White Man says:

        See? Dat’s what I be sayin’! Da goddamn be enslavin’ my ass for fo’ hunnerd years. He ain’t gots no bidiness tellin’ me dat I can’t be pimpin’ and stabbin’ and dealin’ drugs and rapin’ dem fine white hos.

  40. 80
    Anglian says:

    If she was white she would get the Emma West treatment.

  41. 84
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Chuka never gives a straight answer Ummuna has just been on BBC News 24. He says Dianne Abbott is not a racist.
    Wrong again Chuka!
    Weak leadership from Ed Miliband. Not far enough and not fast enough!

  42. 86
    Dianne Abott is a Racist under McPherson says:

    Chucka now on SKY making weasel excuses for racist comments. Strange that he doesnt excuse others on the same grounds.

  43. 91
    Peter says:

    Diane Abbott is a vile racist and should be investigated for attempting to incite race hatred against white people! Someone should make a complaint to the police for these offensive racist remarks. Meanwhile Emma West appears in court for having a drunken rant about immigration on a tram.

  44. 92
    Peter says:

    I’ve always thought that Dianne Abbot has an ego and mouth far bigger than her brain

  45. 94
    Dianne Abott is a Racist under McPherson says:

    Chucka now lying his head off as only a lawyer can by stating that Abott has now “unreservedly” apologised. Um no she hasnt, theres nothing unreserved about her weasel apology. She is sill lying about the context and what she meant.

    • 158
      Only in the Graun says:

      Yes indeed.

      We were in the wrong for misinterpreting her Tweet and this attack is unwarrented and probably racially motivated.

      Chucka can squirm all he wants. She’s not getting off the hook.

      She must go or any shred of credibility Labour had left will blow away on the rather strong winds we are enjoying today.

    • 162
      Sod the liblabcon says:

      I would have thought importing millions of foreigners into this country to rub the indigenous people’s noses in it, is pretty much divide and rule.

      • 216
        Social Observation says:

        Correct….it’s what Socialists do…..create victims as a class, champion said victims and, if successful, join the bourgeois nomenklatura as a reward.

        See Kinnock and a supporting cast of thousands in Labour la-la land.

  46. 95
    Apathy Rising says:

    “Former MP George Galloway today waded in on the furore by defending Abbot.”

    That must worry her.

    • 117
      One law for one..... says:

      Is this the same George Gallow who has recently called for Civil disorder at Thatchers funeral. I tnought people got a visit by the Police when posting such online incitement. 2years in the Jail is the going rate . Or so I thought.

  47. 97
    Rt Hon David Cameron MP says:

    Diane Abbott for Labour Leader!!!

  48. 103

    I apologise even before I make the next remark (in order to save time.)

    My friend, Koos van der Merwe, said It is time Ed got the sjambok out and gave her a damn good beating until she learns her lesson.

  49. 105
    Anonymous says:

    In her campaign to unseat Ernie Roberts in Hackney she outrageously claimed:
    ‘the people of Hackney don’t want to be represented by a white old man’, Roberts was a socialist with a fine track record of representing the people of Hackney, who compares very highly than that of the middle class, hypercritical, opportunist Abbott

    • 126
      Yet another double standard says:

      Funny how areas with large ethnic minorities must be represented by ethnic minorities, but predominately white areas can be represented by anyone.

    • 157
      Fish says:

      I knew Ernie Roberts. Didn’t agree with his politics but he was a decent man.

  50. 105
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    But Abbott has plenty of form for making racist comments over the years. The Brillo grilling showed her up for being a nasty fat racist.

    Any Tory MP making the comments she did would be fired by now, if he wasn’t the BBC/Guardian/ Nu Liebore/ Unions would be up in arms.

  51. 107
    Desperate Dan says:

    The Labour Party is riddled with institutional double standards.

    • 121
      The BBC says:

      The BBC , institutionally hypocrites.

    • 189
      Keep the Red Flag, etc says:

      Yeah but what you gonna do about it? We’ll still get a few million votes whatever we do. We have proved that time and again.

      We don’t care and neither do we care if you do.

  52. 108
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Wasn’t it Ed Miliband that said Cameron was wrong to give Coulson a second chance. So why is Miliband giving Abbott a second chance? Hypocrisy!

  53. 112
    Ex Bootneck says:

    What goes through your mind-comes out through your mouth!

    • 232
      Euuuurrrrgggghhhhh! says:

      i regurgitated an inflatable woman the other day, I have to agree with you then.

  54. 116
    Loungelizard says:

    Any comments from Carol Thatcher? Happy New Year Blaggers nice to be back!

  55. 118
    The Moderator says:

    Time for her to move her fat arse out of Hackney. She’s rich enough to retire…

  56. 122
    Displace Brummie says:

    The Labour Party has always campaigned against such behaviour – and so has Diane Abbott.”

    Quite clearly, she doesn’t.

  57. 123
    Desperate Dan says:

    Two days ago a 20 year old was abducted, murdered and her body left in the boot of a car. Unfortunately, you won’t hear much about it because the victim was white and the alleged perpetrator was black. No efforts are being made to find him because all Met police are engaged on phone hacking and wild goose chases in pursuit of racism.

    • 165
      The General Public says:

      Actually, the perpetrator has been arrested and charged with murder.

      I’m as bored shitless by left-wing finger-waggers as everyone else, but lets get our facts straight.

      • 173
        Desperate Dan says:

        Well no-one told me.

      • 243
        Hava Nagila says:

        Google “Kris Donald”. A 15 year old boy brutally murdered by Pakistani racists who were the sheltered by their local community.

        The facts of the case were suppressed by the police, courts and Crown office (including keeping the actual injuries inflicted on the boy from the public) and the media joined in to keep this secret.

        Compare it to the lynch mob mentality surrounding the alleged (although probably innocent) killers of Steven Lawrence.

  58. 130
    smell the glove says:

    Ed needs a white person to resign on her behalf.

    • 191
      Evil Landlord says:

      Very soon after the Clarkson “shoot the strikers ” joke on the One Show Ed Miliband branded the comments “absolutely disgraceful and disgusting”.

      Nearly 24 hours after the Abbott racist tweet Ed Miliband has said absolutely nothing.

      What a loser.

  59. 131
    Desperate Dan says:

    I don’t think there should be any black football players in the professional game. They are more trouble than they’re worth.

  60. 132
    Jimmy says:

    They obviously don’t realise how upset righties get about racism.

    • 139
      wan hung-lo says:

      It took you all morning to think up that one?

      • 161
        Jimmy says:

        Sorry I’ve just sen this. To save time has anyone yet asked why there is a Black Police Society but if you started a White Police Society there’s be uproar?

        Not that I’m saying you’re in any way predictable.

        • 172
          The General Public says:

          You lefties seriously need to get out of bed earlier.

          (Don’t tell me – I suppose you would have if only Thatcher hadn’t decimated this country’s manufacturing base etc etc.)

          • Approved Thinking says:

            Jimmy only gets out of bed when his union orders him to, NuLab organises a sub-committee to look into it and a consensus approves the action.

            Other than that, he’s a free man.

          • Jimmy says:

            You may be familiar with the expression “You have to get up early in the day to get the better of…”

            It will never be used about you.

          • Approved Thinking says:

            Cheers for that, Mr Jimmy. Anyhow… I assume now you are out of bed you will be leading the Great Leap Forward on behalf of Socialists everywhere. Just as you have been ordered.

            Just be careful not to have an original thought as you do what you’re told. It doesn’t do Socialists any good to be original.

          • Bottle washer off duty says:

            They say the early bird catches the worm – which just goes to show how stupid worms are. You’d think they’d have learned by now, wouldn’t you?

          • Jimmy says:

            They early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

  61. 135
    smell the glove says:

    Sacking a black person for racism is like being kicked out of the Gest­apo for cruelty. We all know they’re at it but it’ll never happen.

  62. 137
    genghiz the kahn says:

    In a long and illustrious political career at Westminster, Ms Abbott-Costello has not even reached the ranks of a PPS.

    If she has any talent, it is hard to understand why two Labour PMs left her to fester on the back benches for so long from 1997-2010, the implication is that she was only fit to be voting fodder.

    Yet Deadwood thinks that she is Shaddow Minister material.

  63. 138
    none says:

    First sending her son to a private school, now making racist comments: is Diane Abbott a Tory MP?

  64. 142
    Keith Dovkunts says:

    Liar; her original tweet was written in the present tense – as this obese lump regularly likes to remind us all, she was educated at Cambridge, so presumably, knows the difference between past and present tense.

    • 167
      Desperate Dan says:

      Cambridge has been practising positive discrimination every since the 50s/60s. No ethnic or religious minority who has attended Cambrige since then can be considered to have even half a brain.

  65. 149
    !! says:

    The Milliband brothers divided and Fat Abbott failed to conquer

  66. 160
    Ron Atkinson says:

    She said what????????????

  67. 164
    Anonymous says:

    “Andrew, I’ve got nothing more to say…”

  68. 168
    Jess The Dog says:

    Ed Miliband is dividing and conquering now! Maybe it was him she was referring to… certainly dividing, although not conquering….

  69. 168
    ridiculous says:

    why in the name of sweet fuck do the family of the murdered Indian get a trip to Parliament, and a platform to question the work of the police, given a suspect has been charged already.
    Good work by the cops, I’d say.

    • 182
      Desperate Dan says:

      I expect Keith Vaz is helping them to set up charidees and trusts in their son’s name, explaining how they can become ‘human rights activists’ and giving a hand with their claim forms for compensation and citizenship. Keith Vaz is a renowned racist and only gives special personal service to Asians.

      • 223
        Honest View says:

        Yes, Vaz leaping in here was so predictable. Would he have been buzzing around if some student from, say, Poland had been murdered? How can such people claim that we should treat all people alike regardless of skin colour when they clearly don’t themselves?

      • 228
        jrand says:

        Would that be Keith Vaz of Vaz and Abbot LLP, purveyors of yuman rites to deserving cases?

  70. 171
    Dessert rat says:

    Has CLOG complained to the Old Bill yet?

    If she was a footballer she would be facing an 8 match ban and £40,000 fine.

  71. 174
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    You can tell how Red Ed takes after Gordon.

    Goes from one crisis to the next.

    And that’s just in opposition.

    Thank goodness they’re not in government.

  72. 175
    Article 38 says:

    Labour people love playing “divide & rule”.

    They love to divide us from our money and then rule over us.

  73. 179
    Bat Flack Copey Dunt says:

    How does a tweet get taken out of context? But there again, as the common chant of all politicians caught out is always that it was “out of context” then we shouldn’t be surprised.

    But it will be fun watching liebore justifying her comment.

  74. 184
    Apathy Rising says:

    Presumably then, as a member of the institutionally racist white establishment, she is a traitor to her race.

    You can’t have it both ways – can you ?

  75. 193
    AnonymousTory says:

    With Ed now universally disliked and discredited, who could blame her latest manoeuvre for the Labour leadership?

  76. 201
    Fat Bitch says:

    If Abbott stays it will prove that indeed racism is a one way affair.
    It will be very damaging indeed for race relations in the UK.
    She must go.
    Otherwise I think it could turn out to be more inflammatory than words alone.

  77. 203
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Good ole’ Ed, I wonder what Diane thinks of him….phone, divide, rollicking, rule…

  78. 212
    Anonymous says:

    She got caught this time yet once again… but remember, what you see is only the tip of the iceberg, she is a habitual racist.

    She’s been spreading racist poison casually for years, amongst her ‘community’ — and her’s is the worst kind of incitement, because she is claiming to be an anti-racism activist and is using that halo(and funding) to promote her racist agenda and to rally her racist followers.

    However, it’s not only her you have to consider as a racist, it’s her entourage as well, who have for years agreed with and supported her racist ideas and thinking.

    As they say: the fish stinks from head first…

  79. 214
    Anonymous says:

    I’m suprised she didn’t blame the tweet on an intern. After all, that’s the excuse she gave when opinion poll figures were tweeted from her account during the Remembrance two minutes’ silence.

  80. 218
    www.comparethemerkozy.com says:

    I like Diane but racism of any kind is to be abhorred – and her comments are racist. The law must applly equally. She should resign and should be subject to the law.

  81. 224
    Anonymous says:

    Ed famously said in May 2011, when it was Kenneth Clarke’s turn to open his mouth and put his foot in it, that he “should not be in his post by the end of the day.”

    Now here’s Ed’s chance to put into practice that which he preached when he was being high and mighty. Go on, Ed. Show us how it’s done.

    You want to be taken seriously as a leader.
    Now the boot is on the other foot, let’s see if you will hold your Shadow Ministers to the same high standard you expected of the Conservatives…

  82. 229
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone hear that black dude on sky saying black people cannot be racist?

  83. 230
    Archibald The Dog says:

    FFS will everyone just calm down.
    D.A. was simply serving up a luke warm helping of cliched left wing clap-trap. The best way to counter such stuff is to yawn and change the subject. She is perfectly entitled to tweet her views. If Ed sacks her he is a greater fool than hitherto assumed. I read her comments and was most definitely not offended. In any way. But then I am a dog.

  84. 238
    Seymour says:

    Diane Abbot is a Stupid, lying, duplicitous, two faced, racist, grossly overweight black cow.

    Labour should sack her, then again can’t sack a nig-nog for being what she is

  85. 239
    L Suarez says:

    I feel for the women, I really do. How things can be taken out of context beggars belief.

    • 245
      Voice of Reason says:

      It’s difficult to see how ‘out of context’ can apply to Twitter which apparently has limited text (I don’t use it myself so I’m only going off what I’ve heard).

    • 251
      P Evra says:

      Lets not start this again, just admit it…

  86. 240
    Errrr..... says:

    Great clip. Like something out of ‘The thick of it’. Simon Schama must be embarrassed to have taught her.

  87. 241
    This is The BBC says:

    She’s a black women so “its all for the greater good” come on chaps follow the narrative…, didn’t you know only white people are capable of being racist …

  88. 244
    Voice of Reason says:

    Her comments were not taken out of context as she claimed. Abbott is a disgusting fat, ugly hypocrite and a closet r acist to boot. She despises the indigenous white population and like so many b lacks uses the race card at every opportunity.

  89. 247
    non believer says:

    Hilarious

    Diane Abbot has made a racist statement, listening to the howls of outrage from the hordes of cretinous bigots on here is ironic beyond belief.

    There’s been some really disgusting stormfront style hard core racist bullshit here the last couple of days

    This place is a cesspit

    • 265
      Atar says:

      Calling a racist on her racist remarks is racist?

      Naysayers are engaging in “stormfront style hard core racist bullshit”?

      Very very pathetic.

      Go and stand in the stupid corner, please.

  90. 249
    Bob Diamond Geezer says:

    Abbott sees big differences between black afro-caribbeans and whites as indeed many from the afro-caribbean ‘community’ do. So you have a group of people who draw their identity from difference as exemplified by the colour of their skin but who paradoxically want to deny that colour makes any difference when it suits them. So a white man killing a black man is for someone like Abbott almost inevitably racist but a black man killing a white man is not and so on…..

  91. 254
    ReefKnot says:

    Curiously, I can’t find anything on the Guardian’s website ( or the CIF section ) about Dianne Abbot. Wonder why ?

  92. 256
    I'm not a racist,but..... says:

    Well, I am really. Just can’t help it…

  93. 257
    Ghost of Bernard Manning says:

    Got a bit of rope in the car, always carry a bit in the boot for emergencies.

  94. 258
    Anonymous says:

    • 264
      Atar says:

      !

      Remind me why Hackney is at the forefront of British education again…

      Another completely political neutral teacher earning his high salary and splendid pension.

      Forward to the sunlit uplands, comrades!

  95. 260
    Tourette Syndrome says:

    The fU**ing BBC are giving her a fU**ing easy fu*k of a time. White fU**ing MP would completely fuc*ed by now. fU**ing Basta** and C**ts

  96. 266
    Anti Racist says:

    She is a vile racist women.

  97. 267
    Tom Birkett says:

    It’s only 6th January but that clip of Abbott lying through her teeth (here’s a tip, love- try to control your facial muscles when telling porkies) followed by the look on her face when she realised it was Milliband on the phone will stay with me as the political image of the year.

    In fact it is up there with the best political images of the last 30 years (the other contenders being that prat Heseltine walking out of the Cabinet and down an empty Downing Street and the look on Twigg’s face when he realised he had beaten Portillo).


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