Friday, April 16, 2010

Blind items explained

As a public service to readers:

Aaro's constituency is Hampstead and Kilburn. The Conservative PPC there is Chris Philp. The current MP who Dave doesn't like is Glenda Jackson. I have no idea what purpose might be served by the cutesy circumlocutions.

"My tribe is the not-Tory party". It's the Birtist party.


Anonymous organic cheeseboard said...

The anonymity thing is weird. Is Aaro afraid of revealing that he lives in glamorous Hampstead, that hotspot of diner party antisemitism or something?

only in the Conservative Party can attendance at a famed grammar school be made to sound as if one was born into a life of privation

See Cohen, Nick.

Also see Cohen, Nick's twitter page if you want his mobile number. He's writing something on 'sceptics' at the moment apparently. cohen on the term recently:

The flattering label "realist" – which, like the equally gratifying "sceptic", is not a badge of honour you can award to yourself

Wonder how this will pan out.

4/16/2010 01:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

I tried to address this here, but fell into my usual prolixity. I *think* it's possible that the obscurantism isn't Aaro's doing, but a policy of the Times. Certainly DA drops a few heavy hints: Labour MP over 70 and standing again (can't be many of those) whom he calls an "ideas free zone" facing a hopeful state-educated Tory. That must cut it down to those in the know, so why not just name names?

But, as I said, here's Glenda Jackson on and Aaro's constituency, Hampstead and Kilburn on I recommend both sites. Openness and being able to make an informed choice should be what democracy is about. Also try Vote for The usual blogger's complaint: I don't think the main stream media gets what's going on here.

4/16/2010 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course Glenda committed the ultimate crime against Decency by voting against the Iraq War.

Tonight on the Review Show, Toby Young revealed that Aaronvitch told him in the Green Room that he would be voting Tory.

4/16/2010 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toby Young was joking. Aaro has a Labour poster up in his window. I pass it every morning.

4/16/2010 11:40:00 PM  
Blogger Paul McMc said...

"Labour MP over 70 and standing again (can't be many of those) whom he calls an "ideas free zone""

That describes where I live (Bootle) - I can't find out if the Tory candidate was state-educated or not, but I doubt he's "hopeful" of winning here ;-)

4/17/2010 01:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Dave Weeden said...

The FT magazine today has a graphic showing the relative ages of MPs: only 2.2% (I make that 14) are over 70. So not that many, and it's unlikely that all are Labour. I like the way Aaro dodges her gender. What was that about?

As for the poster - I'm sure Young was joking, but Aaro is married, and has teenage children. I'm sure at least one of them must be of voting age by now. He is one of those radicals who allows his wife to have her own political opinions, you know. ;-)

4/17/2010 05:19:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Wilkinson said...

Wrong on Gene Hunt:

The problem is that a section of voters have got it into their heads that almost any time was better than this, including punch-the-bad-guy policing.

No, lots of people actually like punch-the-suspect-since-the-suspect-won't-be-people-like-me policing (as they like torture-the-raghead and other such games). And that's why the Gene Hunt image was a mistake: because to many he is a macho man and they like that, they do.

A hilarious spectacle (hilarious, that is, given that one is resigned to the depressing reality of which its a manifestation) was that of the actor who plays Hunt appearing on Top Gear, which luckily for me I'd alighted on by accident and was raptly watching the courtly rituals with appalled fascination.

The disappointment of Whatsisfuckingstupidface and the assembled sycophants was palpable when the, er, actor turned out to be a quietly spoken and rather thoughtful chap who wasn't interested in cars or any of the other conversational equivalents of a Man Utd 'duvet' cover that were on offer.

And Aaro, having given Cameron's much more accurate (if bowdlerised) assessment of what is so good about being compared to Hunt (for anyone who isn't a peaches-and cream Eton boy who gets depicted by Steve Bell as having perky little titties), provides some more of his undead prose:

In humour, truth. And in rhetoric, revelation.

4/17/2010 06:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Simon said...

David Aaronovitch is a member of Hampstead and Kilburn Constituency Labour Party.

4/18/2010 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Aaro has a Labour poster up in his window. I pass it every morning.'

Of course it is impossible to believe that David Aaronovitch would say one thing in public but say and do the opposite in private. I mean, that would make him a hypocrite. Who could possibly believe such a thing?

4/19/2010 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger ejh said...

Maybe, but if you want to call somebody a hypocrite, why do so anonymously?

4/19/2010 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger The Rioja Kid said...

Of course it is impossible to believe that David Aaronovitch would say one thing in public but say and do the opposite in private

As a sheer matter of logic, both a poster in Aaro's window and his column in the Times are "public".

4/19/2010 06:28:00 PM  
Blogger Chardonnay Chap said...

Indeed, if I'd seen Anonymous's comment before Justin replied, I'd have deleted it. If you're going to cast unfounded aspersions, at least have the balls to do so identifiably.

4/19/2010 07:01:00 PM  

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