March 24th, 2014

Gallery Guido: Labour is Becoming a Byzantine Family Dynasty

The hon-hon Tristram “Hereditary” Hunt in Education questions was followed by Chris Bryant defending the hereditary property rights of council house tenants.

Labour is becoming as much a Byzantine family dynasty as a political party.

In the Labour Shadow Cabinet, the leader is one half of a fraternal duo sired by a scion of the Left. He is followed, or complemented by… twin sisters, a husband-and-wife team, and Harriet Harman – who’s married to a Labour MP for whom she fixed a constituency, and who has a son, Joe, himself looking for a seat.

Then there’s Hereditary Hilary (with his niece Emily – if she makes it she’ll be the fifth generation of Benns in parliament).

Gone to the Lords is another hereditary Hilary, the ex-chief whip who inherited her seat from her father.

Tristram Hunt’s father is in the Lords, too, as we know, as is Lindsay Hoyle’s.

John Cryer’s mother and father were MPs (and he’s married to Ellie Reeves on Labour’s NEC – she is Rachel’s sister).

Keith and Valerie Vaz are brother and sister.

Peter Mandelson skipped a generation but is the grandson of Herbert Morrison.

Other looming hereditaries include: Euan Blair, Will Straw, David Prescott, Georgia Gould and Stephen Kinnock.

“Labour MPs need to put their children’s name down for a good constituency as soon as they’re born. There’s no excuse not to.”

Who said that?

No one’s said it out loud. The prudent ones just think it.


148 Comments

  1. 1
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Hypocrites are us.

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  2. 2
    Queen of Hearts says:

    Off with their heads!

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  3. 3
    nell says:

    Well of course they wish to keep the parliamentary gravy train in their families – labour wouldn’t want to let any working class folks in as mp’s so taking away the opportunities to trough off the taxpayer by their own children.

    labour = developing their elite families just like communist states have done for generations.

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    • 9
      I dislike socialists intensely says:

      When it comes to nepotism and troughing ,Labour are in a class of their own.

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  4. 4
    Kim Jong Uno says:

    We are proud that Shining Democratic New Labour is following our dynastic socialist policies

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  5. 5
    Kim Jung-Off-My-Land says:

    Sincere Benn water for respect Labour dynasty prince. Up the worker.

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  6. 6
    Sizzla says:

    Once upon a time Labour represented the working class, then they represented the public sector. Now they serve themselves.

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  7. 8
    Historian says:

    It’s worse than 18th century rotten boroughs

    In those days, you had to buy Parliamentary seats

    These Red Princelings get them for free

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    • 13
      nell says:

      Well it’s not free to us the taxpayers – each mp costs us a fortune – not sure that we get anything worthwhile in return!

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    • 109
      You know its the truth says:

      Only because the electorate are brain dead sheep, Liebore voters Ive shit em.

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  8. 11
    Hilary Benn says:

    My dad Tony Benn was like one of those actors you recognised but couldn’t name a film he had done.

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    • 110
      You know its the truth says:

      We all knew who he was a wanker of the first order, champagne socialist. I take it his estate has been awarded to the state.

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  9. 12
    And The Winner is... says:

    The Kinnock Family.

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    • 16
      nell says:

      Well of course they’ve made themselves immensely wealthy at our expense. But history will record him for perpetuity as a prime chump.

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  10. 14
    Jack says:

    Mandelson is third generation, as you say

    But perhaps a shinihg light for the current generation

    Expatriating himself to Moscow to get filthy rich with a thieving oligarch

    Thie next generation will have to go to China to pimp themselves..or perhaps Arabee…

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    • 26
      RASPUTUM says:

      or scotland?

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      • 49
        Anonymous says:

        Mandelson didn’t skip a generation from his grandfather Herbert Morrison. Mandelson’s own father was a Labour MP, who happened to be among half a dozen reported to MI5 by the Labour Party as a suspected Soviet agent. See MI5 book by Prof Christopher Andrew (Oxford historian).

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    • 44
      Blind_leading_the_blind says:

      Suppose we should give thanks there wont be a fourth generation

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    • 69
      Tim Yeo-Yo says:

      How does a batty get away with working in Russia given they don’t like ass bandits?

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      • 71
        jgm2 says:

        How does Putin get away with all his anti-gay stuff while posing shirtless on horses?

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        • 80
          Myfanwy says:

          If you like Geedes would pose shirtless on a horse if you would like that, it would have a big horse though.

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      • 127
        Jack Ketch says:

        Under the USSR the useful ones were a protected and pampered class. They had special blocks of flats set aside for them. The KGB had a seduction school in Leningrad where male dancers from the Kirov ballet taught pooftah spies hoe to seduce others of their kind–they were known as “Golden Boys”

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  11. 15
    Garfield says:

    Apparently Lard Precott son has been scrabbling about for a safe seat for months. Its hard to imagine the offspring of Prescott and Kinnock in the HoC. Looking back through history its very rare that the brilliance of the father is passed down to the son errrr wait a min that does not sound right.

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  12. 17
    Stop This Travesty of Democracy Now says:

    It is not often that I look to the French for a solution to a pressing British problem. But int he case of these bastards, I am willing to make an exception.

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    • 27
      RASPUTUM says:

      ….film just discovered in a parisian whorehouse……

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      • 50
        the mystical mould with the appearance of the face of Jesus says:

        apparently the head of one of those that were beheaded managed to land itself neck down and so sealed in the blood to the brain and was able to respond to questioning by opening his eyes and looking around. Must have felt weird.

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    • 81
      Myfanwy says:

      I am told Madame Guillotine gave a very close shave. Unfortunately many of the leaders of the citizens met the same fate as the aristocrats.

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      • 112
        Jim says:

        ?
        The First was Murder.
        The Second was Justice.

        The reason for the mess we are in today comes from the same type of misunderstanding, lack of Morals, and I am completely right getting my hands on someone else’s money.

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  13. 19
    A Failed Daily Mail Journalist under Pressure says:

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  14. 21
    David Dimbleby son of and also brother of says:

    liberal left dynasties like the Redgraves for example,also infest the media and showbiz.

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    • 35
      jgm2 says:

      Snow, Attenborough, Dimbleby.

      It’s another irregular verb.

      I became an MP through merit.

      You became an MP through good connections.

      He/She became an MP through nepotism.

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  15. 22
    Nigel Farage doppelganger says:

    Another generation of blood suckers who will bring nothing to the table yet take out as much as they can. Talk about nepotism

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    • 29
      Tolstoy says:

      Let’s talk about … a revolution.

      It is time we cleaned out the whole rotten pretence that the current Westminster Parliament is in any way a functioning representative democracy.

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  16. 25
    Society has collapsed says:

    British Parliamentary democracy has become a face

    These people have no connection with their constituencies or the real world

    They are ccooned in a virtual world surrounded by their lying parents, spin doctors and stolen money

    They believe in nothing apart fron cash and narcissism

    Noone will ever believe one word they say

    Britain really is post democratic

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  17. 28
    Dot Cottons fag says:

    Will that Blair creature need the same level of security as his war criminal father. There’s bound to be demo’s if he gets in.

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    • 34
      Blair is a mass murderer says:

      Euan Blair is a smarmy, smug c-unt like his dad. I hope they both, as well as Slotgob, get cancer and die.

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      • 55
        JEdward says:

        It would be more seeming if he were tried, convicted and hanged, but the idea of a spontaious lynching by the people appeals rather more.

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        • 63
          JEdward says:

          That’s Tony, Of course.
          Cherie and Eueuen should be stripped of their assets and consigned to seek rental accommodation as best as they can afford doing honest days of work in a fast-food outlet or public convenience.

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          • Labour, the new Aristocracy says:

            Blair and his Wife along with Derry Irvine and wee Falconer should also be indicted for stitching up the justice system to line their own pockets.

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    • 106
      There will be aglorious tomorrow sometime says:

      He’s here at the moment.
      One day, one day …….

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  18. 30
    C.O.Jones says:

    Well Bush finished a war that was the legacy of his father.

    What happens in America eventually happens here.

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  19. 31
    lloydJ says:

    Wouldn’t you if you could get away with it?

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  20. 32
    Shocker! says:

    This might shock you. What do you think of this lass?

    http://www.newstatesman.com/sites/default/files/styles/fullnode_image/public/articles_2013/3063633.jpg?itok=IkVfpHQh

    Without cheating by going on google, can you guess who this is in her younger days?

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  21. 33
    The BBC says:

    Critics today have attacked the Labour Party on the charge of hereditary advantage – coming up at 9am – Andrew Marr puts these charges to Ed Miliband and asks “Is the Labour Party a victim of it’s own success – is this nepotism, or merely the benefits of improved social mobility?”

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    • 37
      Marred says:

      After which, Andrew will go to a hotel to meet his mistress and then take out a super injunction to stop anyone reporting about it, because he’s a hypocritical cock. But you can’t blame him for shagging around when he’s married to this:

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    • 44
      Ed Millibandwagon says:

      Well actwually, it’th a cotht of living cwithith, it’th bloody expenthive being a thampagne thothialth thethe dayth. I blame the evil baby eating torieth…don’t I Len?

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  22. 39
    Ed millipillock says:

    I always measure these things on what the Guardian, BBC and the UNions would say if the Tories had done this

    I cannot begin to imagine what it would be like given this amount of fixing.

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  23. 40
    rename them says:

    Can’t they, by deed of pole, all change and use the same family name, Labour. So its Ed Labour, Ed Labour, Harriett Labour, Angela Labour, Hilliary Labour…..

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    • 48
      Ellie-Mae (9) says:

      I wonder if this is like Stepford Wives, and they’re all robots

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    • 146
      Anonymous says:

      They might as well based on the election posters they use around here – they just say “vote labour” (in oh so trendy lower case), no mention of who the candidate might be as it’s irrelevant anyway.

      One of those wards / constituencies where any protest party with “labour” in its name which happens to come before the Labour candidate on the ballot paper gets hundreds of votes from the morons who put a cross in the first box they came to which mentioned the L word.

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  24. 43
    Garfield says:

    “Legalising gay marriage says ‘something deeper about the sort of country we are’, David Cameron said ahead of the first weddings this weekend.”

    And Cameron wonders why the majority of Tory voters wound jump at the chance to ditch him.

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  25. 52
    Ed Miliband says:

    Very soon I hope to introduce the North Korean model into UK politics.

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    • 62
      C O (Ξ7h) says:

      So, you are going to adopt the BBC’s version of UKIP and B’n’P policies ?

      On the plus side, encouraging the natives to clean up would be a step forward.

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  26. 58

    Following me dad, grand-dad, great grand-dad into the noble House of Troughs. Me brother and sister plus sister-in-law and brother-in-law are already there. Not to forget cousins Harry, Leo and Jennifer all got nice easy seats. Great to be an ‘onourable family innit?

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  27. 59
    Another Tory celeb not charged says:

    William Roache, Jim Davidson, and now Tarbuck. Still, Bernard Manning was right when he said Tarby’s about as funny as a burning orphanage.

    Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, 74, released without charge after being arrested last year over allegations of historical sexual abuse

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  28. 61
    Owen's Mum says:

    Our Owen is working his way to the top through evening and late hours mixing.

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  29. 64
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

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  30. 65
    C.O.Jones says:

    Mandelson should be compensated.

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  31. 66
    SleeplessInKirkcaldy says:

    I remember walking through the porters lodge at Queens’ College Cambridge at just the moment when Kinnoch senior (then Leader of the Opposition) was dropping his son off for the start of term. He was demanding to be let through the gate so he could unload his car in the round. The porters weren’t having any of it. Cue deployment of the “Don’t you know who I am” phrase. The head porter just said “Yes Sir”, and did nothing. All it was missing was a Plebs comment.

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  32. 68
    Justin Poofyboots says:

    Nepotism is the enemy to equality, fairness in relation to social mobility. Typical Labour, they never practise what they preach. The Labour voters are too thick to challenge their beloved party. They have been guilty of voting for this self serving party for generation after generation. Thus the Labour dynasty continues to prosper unchallenged! Ffs!

    I despise Labour & its self serving hypocrisy and the idiots who vote for them.

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  33. 70

    Dreadful to compare such Nepotism to the Byzantines. They had far more respect for the populace than Labour. And the Byzantines fought for Civilisation.

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  34. 76
    toberlone says:

    Society reverting to normal service after a short experiment with representative demoncracy.

    And Labour aresimply following the example of leaders in their beloved Marxist/Communist/Socialist superstates. At least they don’t chop our hands off if we don’t vote for them.

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  35. 77
    Nick Hurd says:

    Don’t forget me – I might not be labour but I despise the working classes just as much as any of those you’ve mentioned!

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    • 88
      Lord and Lady Establishment-Stooge of Brussels says:

      Wait until Hurd’s voters find out he voted for HS2.

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  36. 83
    Not in my name says:

    Following parental political footsteps: looking for an easy ride into a Labour safe seat, continuing the family “external interests” and doing just what is asked of you. Which is either about as clear an admission of lack of ability and talent as you could want.

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  37. 84
    Gary Bloke says:

    Another connection of Harriet Harman is that she is the niece of a Labour peer, the late 7th Earl of Longford, who was Leader of the House of Lords under Harold Wilson.

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  38. 85
    No change just a different face says:

    I blame the tribal voters , they the ones that put these people in, they get what they voted for, nothing will change until, the tribal voters get taken for every penny they don’t have and every benefit they thought they would get, serves them right, let them cry afterwards they are to blame.

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  39. 86
    Paddy 0 Fool says:

    Its been going on here in Ireland for years seats are handed down from father to son or daughter.

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    • 91
      jgm2 says:

      Yep. Only qualification needed is that your grandfather shot some policeman on the church steps. Ir*i*sh royalty.

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  40. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Oh, my old man’s from Labour,
    He sports a Socialist’s cap,
    He’s parachuted me into a safe seat,
    And he lives in a 4 million pound flat.

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  41. 89
    rinky dinky says:

    Just thinking, it used to be the sons of the establishment who were thick went to the church and the brainy one went to teach, it seems these days, the poliiticians sons are just following mummy and daddy to the trough and the politicians are not even hiding it, like the wrongdoers ankle bracelet it was a badge of honour, it seems getting your kids into parliament is just another way of getting a badge of honour, time for change but change is never in time..

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  42. 92
    M103 says:

    “We’re all in this together”

    – said the 3rd and 2nd class passengers on the deck of the Titanic, as the first class passengers rowed away

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    • 99
      Podiceps says:

      Why don’t you chillax and have a beer. I’m going to try and drink 350 tonight to earn the free one that Gideon so graciously gifted last week. I think I might give the Bingo a miss though

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  43. 95
    Labour, the new Aristocracy says:

    The Kinnocks encapsulate the divine right of kings.

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    • 98
      imho says:

      Here are the wankers.
      I think that Neil had just sh’ himself and needed to hide the evidence, so he ‘fell’ at the waters edge.
      Pity it wasn’t up to his neck. And that harridan who’s at his side.

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    • 137
      Mind the gap says:

      Yup, indeed – but look what actually happened to the last one holding that belief!

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  44. 96
    Name me just one decent MP, just one says:

    Inbreeding did for the dinosaurs.
    Let’s hope that it works for these scumbags.

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  45. 97
    Grant Shapps says:

    Oh rah! This will beef up the polls!
    No more tax on the mansion and Rolls!
    With beer and with bingo,
    And speaking their lingo,
    We’re truly in touch with the proles!

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  46. 102
    David Cameron says:

    Money is no object…

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  47. 118
    Percy Gullible says:

    Surely it is simply a coincidence, and they all gained their positions purely through merit.

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  48. 123
    Red Ed says:

    Nepotism: The game the whole family can play!

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  49. 124
    Fabians are EVIL says:

    Piano wire and a lamp post should sort the problem!

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  50. 126
    nell says:

    Well I suppose having spent years learning all those little tricks on how to rip off the taxpayer they fell obliged to pass them on to their children so they can live the easy life too!

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  51. 129
    orkers says:

    “The animals looked from pig to man……..””

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  52. 131
    Anonymous says:

    Will he be selling the wacky backy in the HOC ? got him through uni’.

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  53. 133
    Vazoline says:

    I hope you are not suggesting that my sister and I are anything other than totally honest and transparent in giving service to our country.

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  54. 143
    We care cos we're Labour says:

    Have any of them ever had a ‘proper’ job ?

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  55. 145
    Anonymous says:

    “a Byzantine Family Dynasty”
    need not conform to the strictures imposed by meritocracy. Let us hope politics soon learns from dinosaurs, why that system is indispensable.

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  56. 147
    Gillian Duffy says:

    Where are all these relatives flocking from?

    Has anybody mention the Shadow Foreign Secretary’s sister who used to be the leader of the Scottish Labour Party?

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  57. 148
    BobRoberts says:

    I’m curious about how this nepotism compares to the libs and cons.

    Aside from the that, what really annoys me is the large numbers of people who have a: ‘University (usually Oxbridge) > SPAD > Seat > Minister’ career path.

    Some small number of ‘professional politicians’ are likely useful, for something, I guess… But feels like there are far too many of those in Westminster. I feel they have more in common with each other than anyone they represent, never mind which party they’re in.

    I’d probably take a politicians spawn over them, if they actually had some life experience.

    Although these little f**kers often seem to combine the worst of both routes.

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