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Harman does it again

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At PMQ’s Harriet Harman made the following statement in response to a question about who had put Fred Goodwin forward and why; “I think Sir Fred was nominated for a knighthood because of his services for the Prince’s Trust.  “I understand it was not in recognition of his services to banking.”  Tut, tut Harriet, have you learned nothing? If you want to be PM in waiting you don’t try and guess the answers, you can only do that when you have the position, ask your boss! This statement has since been corrected by an official from her office.

But what does it tell us about Harriet Harman? It is, after all, only a few days since she suggested that the government would consider introducing new legislation, which would then be made retrospective, to enable the government to reverse Sir Fred Goodwin’s pension entitlement. Now, whilst I accept that there are at the very least, moral reasons why Sir Fred should not receive this pension, the fact remains that government ministers were party to, if not fully au fait with, the content of a compromise agreement, which is legally binding on all sides. To make matters worse, any threat to introduce legislation designed to target one citizen is a draconian move and anyone supporting or suggesting such an act must be considered a threat to all of us, especially when they are from a government that has paid lip service to civil liberties.  Sir Fred is NOT deserving of a pension in my view, but surely there are other ways in which this can be dealt with, for example, whether or not he had failed in his fiduciary duty?  If he had not, then there would, presumably, be some form of legal recourse using existing and established law.

In my view, Harriett Harman has, in the past week or so, confirmed why it is that she will never be a viable candidate for prime minister (or, more accurately, leader of the Labour Party).  Firstly, her judgement; no minister, whatever the motivation or justification should ever seek to use the immense power of government to target a single British subject. No-one deserves that, not even Sir Fred. Secondly, her knowledge on the subject matter; how is it that Ms Harman can claim to know all the details surrounding Sir Fred’s pension arrangements and the negotiations thereto, but not why Sir Fred was nominated for a knighthood and by whom? As Alan Duncan said, “Instead of worrying so much about her campaign to succeed Gordon Brown, she should focus on mastering the detail.”

I find it difficult to recall anything useful that Harriet Harman has ever done during her time as an MP, though I am happy to be corrected on that one, any takers? That said, at the risk of arguing against myself, perhaps that is why she would make a good leader of the Labour Party for their period in the wilderness which is certain to come after the next election. But PM, never, at least not in my life time, of that I am certain.


Written by British Politics

4 March, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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  1. She wont get the leadership. I’m hoping Miliband gets it. Harman is just as disliked as Brown now.


    4 March, 2009 at 6:59 pm

  2. Yes, her performance at PMQ’s yesterday undoubtedly sealer her fate, it was interesting watching the faces of Miliband, Darling and Straw. Though I suspect she may well be sued as a Trojan Horse, quite appropriate actually.

    British Politics

    5 March, 2009 at 8:46 am

  3. There is no way that Harman will ever be the leader of the Labour Party, I reckon the only reason she one the deputy contest was because no-one wanted the others. After yesterday’s performance, any doubters will be under no illusion about her lack of talent.


    5 March, 2009 at 3:36 pm

  4. It’s not only in the last week that Harman has proved that she’s not PM material. Indeed how on earth she ever became Broon’s deputy is one of life’s inherent mysteries.

    On the subject of Goodwin, you may enjoy this wee ditty


    6 March, 2009 at 7:14 am

  5. @ bigrab: Agreed and a brilliant rendition if I may say so, I would recommend that anyone wanting a laugh at Sir Fred’s situation should go and have a listen. 😉

    British Politics

    6 March, 2009 at 11:44 am

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