Absolutely Hewitt

Über Blairite Patricia Hewitt has a catchphrase to match Edina and Patsy. Simon Hoggart first noticed it, but Guido has made the effort to actually research and catalogue it. Here are some examples of her incessant use of the word “absolutely” which she uses like some kind of robotic Leninist-Blairite mantra to mean “you are / are not following the party line”.

Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill: Orders of the Day — Employment Relations Bill (14 Jan 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: I absolutely condemn that, and I agree with everything that my hon. Friend has just said.

WTO Ministerial Conference: WTO Ministerial Conference (17 Sep 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right.

Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation: Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation (14 Apr 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Workplace Rights (8 Jul 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Postal Services (16 Sep 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right: new services, bringing in new customers, will make our post offices successful in future.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Women’s Entrepreneurship (10 Jun 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: I warmly welcome my hon. Friend’s contribution to Questions to the Minister for Women. He is absolutely right …

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women and Equality: Gender and Poverty (26 Feb 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right— in all her comments.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Unfair Dismissal (16 Sep 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: I am indeed aware of the case to which my hon. Friend refers. It was absolutely disgraceful and hugely distressing to the woman and her family…

Small Businesses: Small Businesses (2 Jul 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend, who plays such a superb role in promoting science, is absolutely right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Return to Work (14 Feb 2002)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: GATS Initiative (31 Oct 2002)

Patricia Hewitt: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely wrong….

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Fair Trade (13 Feb 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: I absolutely understand and share my hon. Friend’s anger about the brutality of what was done to the coalfield communities during the Conservative years…

Energy White Paper: Energy White Paper (24 Feb 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right….

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Company Profitability (22 Jan 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Inward Investment (1 May 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right…

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Public Appointments (14 Feb 2002)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right…

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Gender/Trade Issues (8 Jul 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend that we have to…

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Entrepreneurship (20 Mar 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right….

US Tariffs (Steel Imports): US Tariffs (Steel Imports) (6 Mar 2002)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is a staunch defender of his constituents who work in the steel industry. He is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Public Health (1 May 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Social Enterprises (13 Feb 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Acas: Postal Services (6 May 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: …That renewal plan, which is absolutely necessary…

World Trade Conference: World Trade Conference (15 Nov 2001)

Patricia Hewitt: The right hon. Gentleman is absolutely right...

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: (6 May 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: …the comments we have heard from the Opposition Benches, that is another piece of work that the Conservative party would cut as part of its public spending cuts. The Equal Opportunities Commission is absolutely right…

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: National Minimum Wage (11 Dec 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: The hon. Lady is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Sub-post Office Network (11 Jul 2002)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: US Steel Tariffs (11 Dec 2003)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Minister for Women: Women Entrepreneurs (31 Oct 2002)

Patricia Hewitt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry: Nuclear Liabilities Authority (26 Feb 2004)

Patricia Hewitt: Of course I agree with the comments of Sir John Bourn, and I note that the National Audit Office report on British Energy makes it absolutely clear …

You get the idea. Absolutely ad infinitum…




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