14 April 2007

Insulting The Electorate Competition

Norwich North MP Ian Gibson was a little unfortunate when comments he made about the prevalence of diabetes in Norfolk were taken as a slur on his constituents.

Here's a good one. Labour council candidate Bill Lees had this to say about the inhabitants of the Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath.

"...legions of plug ugly, baseball-capped and ski-panted mingers from Kings Heath..."

Source. Bill is standing for election in the ward of Moseley and Kings Heath! Rather than apologising he is going with the context line. Has anyone got any similar examples of politicians insulting their electorate?

4 comments:

james higham said...

Don't know any myself but will follow your ferreting about with interest.

dearieme said...

Were I an American, I might feel insulted each time Clinton or W said "Mah fellow Americans,...".

David B. Wildgoose said...

How about the Scottish prat who is a Norfolk MP and who last year publicly described his constituents as "inbred"?

He also has a Saltire on his Website and says he wishes he'd never left Scotland.

There's nothing like loving your local community and wanting to truly represent, nurture and defend it, and this is nothing like loving your local community and wanting to truly represent, nurture and defend it.

I hope he loses at the next General Election. The sooner England is independent the better.

Praguetory said...

That's Gibson, the bloke I was referring to. If he said that he wishes to be in Scotland, that is well out of order and put me in mind of this post. An Englishman who is an MP in Scotland (in itself rarer than Loch Ness monsters) would end his career on the spot if he said a similar comment.