Peter Reynolds

The life and times of Peter Reynolds

This Vile Punk Needs To Be Stripped Of His Arrogance, His Dignity And His Title!

with 12 comments

“Tory Peer: Bus Drivers And Waitresses ‘Unimportant'”, The Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2011


A senior Government adviser employed to monitor former ministers working in business has claimed bus drivers, waitresses and people in other “unimportant” jobs would be unfit to join his panel.

Lord Lang, the Conservative peer, said people in ordinary jobs were not sufficiently qualified to pass judgement on the employment of former ministers in the private sector.

The Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Business appointments has come under pressure to dilute the “Establishment” make-up of his panel, which comprises four peers, two knights and a dame.

But he defended the composition of his committee, despite accusations the arrangement was too “cosy”.

Lord Lang told MPs he would be prepared to accept a “lay member”, but added that is should be someone “who had experience and proven success in a relatively important profession or trade – somebody who had achieved distinction – rather than a waitress or bus driver.”

The Commons Public Administration Committee, which is looking into the employment of former ministers in big business, did not receive his comments well.

Paul Flynn, a Labour MP who formerly worked as a bus driver, said: “Speaking as a bus driver of long standing who married a waitress, could you explain why neither I nor my wife have any contribution to make to your committee?”

Lord Lang, who was himself a trade secretary and now has sizeable business interests, said a committee made up of people who “knew nothing at all about the issues involved” would make the wrong decisions.

See the full story by Nick Collins here.

Written by Peter Reynolds

February 9, 2011 at 9:55 pm

12 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. I do wonder which planet some of these politicians are on !

    These are the same people, who whilst demanding people use Public Transport on the basis of being green and saving the ecconomy, only to use chauffer driven facilities; and then criticise, indeed slander those people who drive buses and other forms of Public Transport for the Public good.

    Perhaps this man needs to be dipped in the realms of reality by having his car keys and chauffer comfiscated using Public Transport and not able to claim them as expenses !

    The sheer arrogance of Politicians (of whichever colour) just never ceases to amaze, and I think it is indeed time for people of this would be stature be stripped of their peerages if they like Lord Lang are going to make alarmingly stupid comments like.

    These are the same people who are going to be jumping up and down with fury when their bins are empty, cannot catch a bus or train. The same people who call those people as thoughtless when they go on strike, and yet he comes out with a stupid comment like this!

    The man had better be careful where he walks from now on: it is getting dark out there for him.

    The Debt Collector

    February 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

  2. “who was himself a trade secretary and now has sizeable business interests”

    This is precisely why our cause is an uphill struggle – come out against prohibition will all the facts and evidence in the world to back you up whilst the majority of public opinion is for prohibition and you have just proved to the world that you are no longer a ‘player’ of the game, you won’t keep in line, are capable of independent though and most crucially might leak (or speak out against) confidential commercial info when you leave politics and enter the cushy world of non-exec status, CEO or on the board of directors etc… you are therefore too wild and unreliable.

    This is also why reform for drug policy must come from ‘below’, we will have to gather support and push our ‘leaders’ into a state where its personally worthwhile for them to actually listen to the public they are meant to serve.

    I bet the CPAC finds some ‘areas of improvement’ but no fundamental wrong-doing… shameful but unsurprising…


    February 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

  3. I really wanted to call him an utter wanker; but I suspect I would have been moderated out, however accurate my observation.

    Inspector Lestrade

    February 9, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    • I’m sure you would. Even though it is a particularly apposite description, you would never have been permitted to publish it.

      Peter Reynolds

      February 9, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    • Wanker? Too many letters: I would really like to see him next Tuesday.


      February 10, 2011 at 12:23 am

      • There we are, then… as we say in Wales

        Druid Shift Skipper

        February 10, 2011 at 7:44 am

  4. Nothing has changed, take your pick, you can have a Tory wanker or a Labour wanker in government, but the policies and priorities will aleays be the same, as they are both controlled by the same puppet masters.


    February 10, 2011 at 2:28 am

  5. Nothing has changed, take your pick, you can have a Tory wanker or a Labour wanker in government, but the policies and priorities will always be the same, as they are both controlled by the same puppet masters.


    February 10, 2011 at 2:29 am

  6. Ian Lang was a committed Thatcherite who apparently told Thatch that Scotland should be first to experience the Poll Tax. He told her that it would be “popular”. I kid you not.


    February 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

  7. This is precisely the sort of pomposity of words that divide the ruling class from the rest of society.
    Personally, I suspect that what he was trying to say was that any individual considered for his panel should have proven some form of wisdom, be it through success at work or whatever. This is however a brilliant example of how the establishment regularly cock up when communicating to the public.
    I have long believed that the establishment needs a little sobering to understand how most of us live, in order to do so they do need normal people from normal incomes in and amongst them. I believe that these individuals should be actively sort from the community to represent sections of society. On this occasion we don’t actually want those who would seek election. There are those who will argue that this already happens however, be it because of bureaucracy or simply that we muddle all affairs it does not seem to deliver its purpose. I suspect often (if not all the time) that normal people are vastly outnumbered in these circumstances and that their presence is nothing more than token.
    What they do fail at is coming back to us after they have cocked up and be it in whatever form other than a simple government/house of lords statement, they should have the strength of character to either explain what they meant or further argue a case. If upon arguing their case they remain at odds and it is clear that they are not in touch with how the rest of the people feel then their position should be questioned by a panel made up of a cross section of society.
    This is of course a democracy unfortunately, we don’t really live in one.


    February 10, 2011 at 11:19 am

  8. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Peter Reynolds, Peter Reynolds. Peter Reynolds said: This Vile Punk Needs To Be Stripped Of His Arrogance, His Dignity And His Title! […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: