January 20th, 2014

SKETCH: Who Will Speak for the Children?

An eminent politician said – Never believe a politician when he or she talks about compassion. The purpose of politics is the pursuit of power and an ordinary human feeling like compassion is just one way of acquiring it. You can tell that this is the case by the condition of people who don’t have a vote – prisoners and lunatics (author below*).

Yvette Cooper came to the dispatch box to do two things – plead the case of the Syrian children, and to show up the Government as heartless Tories who can watch tots die with equanimity and that only Labour has the moral substance to be electable.

Chris Bryant backed her up. An ex-prelate telling us what our responsibilities are. Knowing his fiercely partisan nature, one might be forgiven for looking for relish behind the anguish.

Minister Mark Harper’s defence was that Britain was spending £600m helping Syrians, that the idea was to keep them as close to the region as possible where help was most easily, cheaply and effectively delivered, and that Britain had until recently been giving more than the rest of the EU put together.

Tony Baldry put the powerful but unpopular point – if we took in any number of Syrians, why would we not take in refugees from the conflicts in Darfur, South Sudan and central Africa?

God knows, the world is an inexhaustible resource of misery, suffering and early death.

Imagine deciding to care about it. Really to care about it, that is, rather than subcontracting the compassioning out to some executive authority in the political class.


The new iteration of John Bercow, after his pre-Christmas bullying, is a considerable improvement. He has cut back on the “loquacious linguistic lucubration” as he might have called it – his ornate interruptions, his Tory-loathing and Labour-stroking.

But he still feels the need to inject personality into his role. The game he now plays is to call each MP in a different way. One with a comic fall in his voice, another with an airy uplift. He trills Rs if there are Rs to trill, he might say names very quickly, very slowly, in a “this will be interesting” tone, or a “hurry up, pay no attention to me, we need to get another question in”.

His way of calling MPs from the Conservative right is particularly emollient. The roguish affection he put into the words “Julian Brazier” was, frankly, emetic.


  1. 1
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    I thought Labour voted against any involvement in Syria ?

  2. 2

    In the same way that Christmas has never been the same since they brought religion into it, politics has never been the same since those little cameras began capturing it.

    Whores. Utter whores.

  3. 3
    Guido's little helper's helper says:

    Good spot, last para. Had subliminally noticed this as well.

  4. 4
    The British media and Police are cunts says:

    More foreign dross=more Labour voters.

  5. 5

    You don’t really expect consistency from the Bandwagon Party, do you?

  6. 6
    Jeremy Claxon says:

    The bastards should be taken outside and shot. The politicians that is, not the Syrian children.

  7. 7
    IDS says:

    These Labour shitbags just want us to give even more money away to foreigners. Time after time they got up to ask Harper to “listen to the will of the House” and let thousands of would-be Labour voters in. I look forward to the day when Yvette Cooper gets to meet “the will of the people” in front of a firing squad.

  8. 8
    The British public says:

    Nope. But it’s fun watching the Labour Party implode.

  9. 9

    Was there an unexpected warmth, perhaps, in Brazier? Or did he say it as in Brassiere?

  10. 10
    Ed Moribund says:

    I can’t remember how we voted. I’ll ask Vince Cable to look it up in his dinner party diary.

  11. 11
    Little Johnny B13COW says:

    Jack Drrooooooooooooomey….

  12. 12

    Yes. But that was last week.

  13. 13
    Realist 2 says:

    If foreigners want to have civil wars, let them get on with it, and take all the tragic consequences. Such conflicts are nothing to do with the U.K.

    Stop supplying either side with arms. Don’t send aid, it just prolongs the whole thing.

    Stop being bleeding heart caring LiLabconners, who are only really interested in posing on prime time telly.

  14. 14
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Correction – It’s fun watching the whole Parliamentary system implode across the whole political spectrum.

    Could it be East Germany (under communism / marxism) of 1989 when they just couldn’t conceal the rampant criminality of all of those at the top?

  15. 15
    Bill Quango QC says:

    Rennard has been charged with bringing the party into disrepute.

    Pretty easy defence I would have thought.
    Point out the Handycock case. The Huhne lies. The VAT bomb and tuition fee stinker whoppers and ask exactly what shining reputation he was supposed to have damaged?

    Defence rests M’lud

  16. 16
    Argy Bargy says:

    Give us back Malvinas or we invade.

  17. 17
    The Libor party says:

  18. 18
    The British Public says:

    Syria is none of our business

  19. 19
    ████ 'changed my tune ' Hoon says:

    What about that little shit, Mark Oaten ?

  20. 20
    Captain Jack Dromey says:

    I told you. It was a typo!

    I was searching for a good sized dark leather foot rest for the lounge.

    I typed “Big Black Footlong” in error. And tweeted it and saved the page of naked men’s interracial sex to my bookmarks..all by accident.

    Can we just drop this now?

  21. 21
    Mark Oaten (LibDem) says:

    Where exactly are these Labour shitbags ????

  22. 22
    Bill d'Sarse says:

    For the Labour Party, refugees are just another arm to their uncontrolled immigration policy with compassion as the front cover.

  23. 23

    I saw a headline in the Belfast Telegraph which stated: Clegg to make mental health pledge.

    Presumably when they can stump up the money, he can go and reclaim it.

  24. 24
    Bill Quango MP says:


    Wot a shitty car that was. Just think how powerhouse West Germany was making Mercedes and BMW and Audis, whilst its neighbours were making the Trabant.

    Same country.
    Same people
    Same language.

    Only the political systems were different.

    We should all carry a picture of a Trabant and everytime a lefty spouts off about nationalisation and the worker state and equality we should hold it up and say Really? This is what you want us all to aspire too?

    A shit car with a 10 year waiting list and spare parts in such scarce supply that citizens used to take the windscreen wipers, mirrors and headlights indoors at night.

    How many times must lefties be proved wrong before they get the message?

  25. 25
    Labour the party for Dummies,Benefit troughers and the Eagle bros. says:

    When will the political class realise that the insurgency in Syria is an Islamic matter between Sunni,backed by Saudia Arabia nd the Gulf States and the Shia backed by Iran and Iraq,it has nothing to do with us.If the Islamists want to kill each other in theire tens of thousands let them get on with it,it is none of our business.

  26. 26
    Round Table Talks says:

    Why can’t the Cyrenians live in peace with one another?

  27. 27
    A Master Socialist Craftsman says:

  28. 28
    Historia docet says:

    The Christians sorted their equivalent inter-denominational business out in 1555 on the basis of “Cuius regio, eius religio”. True, it didn’t prevent the 30 Years’ War later on, but it gave everyone a good breathing space.

  29. 29
    M102 says:

    Did he say Chris Bryant is looking for relish?

  30. 30
    PDubya says:

    That’s probably the most thoughtful, insightful,logical and sensible remark I have ever read on this blog.
    It’s a shame that we do not have one politician in this country with the guts to say the same.

  31. 31
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Just hope that Labour win the next general election then you can walk in with no opposition.

  32. 32

    If there was a civil war in the UK, would the Syrians send aid?

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    The other thing West Germany had going for it was/is Engineers (who had done an accounting course) running the companies. Something the UK never understood.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Proves Camoron is a labour shitbag since he has just ok’d another £100 million to Syrian relief.

  35. 35
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    REPEAT – Islamic religious wars have nothing to do with us.

    We should keep out of Syria

  36. 36
    Just sayin says:

    We shouldn’t ignore the Christians being slaughtered though. If they need help. We should be willing to help. If 5000 need to come in n a temporary basis, I’d rather they came than 5000 more Islamic enrichers

  37. 37
    Edinburgh Shitty says:

    Labour can fuck off. They are scum. They have condemned Syrian children to a life hell with their dithering, unprincipled, partisan,idiot of a leader!

  38. 38
    Old Nick says:

    “God knows, the world is an inexhaustible resource of misery, suffering and early death”

    Is it time for Bercow’s share yet?

  39. 39
    mustafa Dolar says:

    Where are all the Islamo-countries when you need them?

    One minute it’s all “muslim brotherhood” this that and the other when there’s some killing, raping or acid chucking to be done … and deafening silence when it comes to doing anything humane or compassionate, or putting their hands in their own pockets.

  40. 40
    Jethro says:

    I don’t remember any of this sort of trouble when when Syria had a king. Now who persuaded us that Republics were the future, and we should just look the other way when a coup was organised behind King Idris’s back: couldn’t have been the Yanks, could it? No, they were our staunch allies, weren’t they, when King Farouk had the same kind of trick played on him…
    Anyway, at least the CIA were too clever to let a Communist-leaning Colonel take over…

  41. 41
    Jethro says:

    … got it wrong, din’t I! King Idris was king of Libya – an’ Syria was in a more or less continuous state of turmoil from about 1896. But see, League of Nations shouldn’t ever have made it a French Mandated territory.

  42. 42
    Jethro says:

    … praps what they meant was, Clegg would make a Health Pledge, but would just make it mentally…

  43. 43
    This is the voice of the Cyrenians says:

    Probably because when anyone talks two little white circles appear floating over people.

  44. 44
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Yes, and how labour laughed and cheered when they defeated Cameron. Labour only have one face, evil.

  45. 45
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Religion? Don’t you mean profit margin?

  46. 46
    Blowing Whistles says:

    To SC and others – and sticking to the subject of mental health (Clegg at some launch) Last night I happened to start re-reading a very good book. The book is worth reading for those who do their own research. I did mention the book last year. And a good starting point of the book is in the index under DSM-IV Taskforce pages 47, 50, 52. The book ‘Cracked Why psychiatry is doing more harm than good by James Davies.

    Many Politicians, Psychiatrists, Judges in fact all legals, Social services workers, and all Local Councillors should be ‘forced’ to read the book.

  47. 47
    Anne Arquist says:

    When my dad, who never swore, came home from the army in 1945 he said: “Remember, bullshit baffles brains.” And that’s how this country has been run ever since…

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    Surely the quotation should be shortened to: “Never believe a politician when he or she talks.”

  49. 49
    Cassandra says:

    All these so called refugees/asylum seekers just happen to be fit strong mostly youngish blokes, the women and kids are left behind to cope as best they can. What a shower of sh*t they are, they’re here for what and who, young preferably, they can get.

  50. 50
    Anonymous says:

    As Stan once said ‘with XK29 added to the shell’ ??

  51. 51
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Yep it’s sectarian war being conducted remotely by the Wahhabi loons that run Saudi Arabia and the foaming at the mouth Shia’s that run Iran

    Really as Westerners we should want it to last for 20 years – there are no good guys.

  52. 52

    @BW My opinion only:

    To use an analogy: Psychiatry tries to go to Mars using maps created in the middle ages.

    It is not really a science, just as I maintain that economics isn’t.

    The pharmaceutical industry is a self-fulfilling prophesy, based on bad science which fills its coffers, using the blind adherence of people who supposedly are intelligent but who merely follow the herd without question.

    That in itself is a natural product of modern specialism. Each person has a narrow overview and has to rely on others being right. Often these others are wrong, greedy or both.

    Freud, Jung and their kind offered useful insights but should not be regarded as holy writ. Unfortunately, they are, again by people who have much more power than their limited vision should allow.

    Knowledge needs to be substantiated; ignorance need only be confessed – Anthony Kenny

  53. 53
  54. 54
    nell says:

    I suppose yvettes solution in line with labour’s usual woolly thinking is that we should be sending our troops into s y r i a just like bliar did in iraq. Now there’s ‘power and glory’ for you.

    As for mr bryant ever since he posted those ridiculous photos of him online in his underpants I have never regarded him as a serious, caring or sensible person.

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