Tough-Shit is hard to swallow

1 Mar

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman wades in the “Fred the Shred” story ::

“It might be enforceable in a court of law, this [pension] contract – but it is not enforceable in the court of public opinion, and that is where the government steps in.”

I can’t help but think this is not the right attitude. We’ve already had about as much as we can take of this government breaking bending reshaping the law to fit its will.

If the government already okayed Goodwin’s pay, then that’s where it ends – regardless of the vulgarity of his remuneration. Full. Stop.

Maybe we should have a court of the average Daily Mail reader?

It’s time for the government to stop playing the populist card, and to start standing by its mistakes. Taking the moral high-ground has limited scope when indeed the ultimate buck stops at Number 10.

Labour could continue to play this game, and indeed – given its majority – pass a law to cut Goodwin’s pay, but at the end of the day, it must own up to the reality that it missed the boat and it has already agreed to his pension fund.

Sometimes tough-shit is hard to swallow.

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4 Responses to “Tough-Shit is hard to swallow”

  1. simos.email@gmail.com March 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    But also, what is ‘public opinion’? Everyone seems to know what public opinion is. The papers claim they know, the pollsters reckon they know, but they don’t.The only way for a government to truly know what is public opinion and act on it is through a referendum.

  2. simos.email@gmail.com March 1, 2009 at 10:19 pm #

    But also, what is ‘public opinion’? Everyone seems to know what public opinion is. The papers claim they know, the pollsters reckon they know, but they don’t.The only way for a government to truly know what is public opinion and act on it is through a referendum.

  3. danielhg@gmail.com March 2, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    Barbara Bush’s shit is hard to swallow…

  4. danielhg@gmail.com March 2, 2009 at 9:54 am #

    Barbara Bush’s shit is hard to swallow…

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