Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Iniquity!

There's been a lovely little spat between, among others, Tim Ireland and Unity on the one hand, and Prague Tory on the other. This is mostly that bloggy stuff that seems to crop up quite a lot at the moment and can usually be ignored. The one area that has generated most heat has been an accusation of bias and partiality against Prague Tory (surely not!) to the effect that, becuase he was so quick to express his shock, horror and outrage at Cllr Terry Kelly (living evidence that a pig's bladder on a stick can achieve elected office) when he implied that a right-wing Scottish blogger wasn't to be trusted around children.
Given that Guido famously made a similar statement about Mark Oaten shortly before his exposure as a rent-boy using coprophiliac (though to be honest, I've wondered whether there wasn't an element of the David Mellor about this one - an false accusation of toe-sucking in a Chelsea strip stuck in the middle of a true allegation of an affair), Ireland and Unity have called PT on hypocrisy - if you are outraged by Kelly, you must be equally outraged by Guido.
Well, I wonder where and how Simon Hoggart fits into this galaxy of outrage? In his sketch today he writes, of Tony Blair the following:
I don't know what it is about Tony Blair and schools. He can't keep away from them. If he didn't arrive in a limo, they'd get the police to keep an eye on him during netball practice.
That's exactly the same humourous nudge-nudge that Guido (drunkenly) and Kelly (leadenly) used. According to the blogging rules, do we expect a post denouncing Hoggart from all three? Watch this space (well not this one obviously, but this one, this one and this one.)

8 Comments:

Blogger Guido 2.0 said...

Sorry to disappoint, but Manic does not operate in a world where Simon Hoggart can do no wrong.

It's borderline fare, but it's still out of order.

Oh, and thanks for providing the necessary background on Oaten that - one would assume - makes it OK to slur him as a paedophile.

(Psst! The sharp-eyed may note that Hoggart has not equated homosexuality with paedophilia, as 'Guido' did.)

1:13 pm  
Blogger Tim J said...

No disappointment entailed! I wasn't especially chasing sides in this - merely pointing to a 'mainstream' example of name calling.

There's certainly no condoning in my post of implying anybody is a paedophile - still less of the equation of homosexuality with paedophilia.

Oh, and how dare you 'spam' my comments with outrageous back links? (I believe this is now an obligatory complaint...)

1:53 pm  
Blogger Guido 2.0 said...

Apologies for misinterpreting the background, then.

(checks pockets)
(finds no relevant hyperlinks)
(leaves)

2:05 pm  
Blogger Praguetory said...

I find it hard to understand how anybody could ever think that I am biased or partial - *sobs*. Seriously, tried to play it for all it was worth, media interviews, a few concerts, groupies blah blah blah. Cheers for the re-release. By the way, I was waiting for Manic to condemn Terry Kelly as he thought the situations were analagous.

5:42 pm  
Blogger Tim J said...

Sorry PT - I really wasn't having a dig! I'm the first to admit it's always a lot more fun decrying the flaws, errors and idiocies of the other side - and El Tel has enough of those and to spare.

5:55 pm  
Blogger Praguetory said...

No worries. Nicely written post actually.

5:57 pm  
Blogger Guido 2.0 said...

Praguetory, you know the situation is more complicated (and compromising) than a simple charge of bias.

6:52 pm  
Blogger Praguetory said...

Houston, we have a situation.

7:51 am  

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