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Ignorance, Prejudice And Hypocrisy Prevail On The Labour Benches.

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Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons; Wallasey, Labour

Angela Eagle MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

“There are now just two weeks to go until the local and European elections. The Conservative party has frantically been trying to paint the Leader of the Opposition as a mixture of Karl Marx and Hugo Chávez, the UK Independence party has been hiring eastern Europeans to deliver its anti-immigration leaflets, and the Deputy Prime Minister appears to have resorted to backing a report that calls for the legalisation of cannabis. I suppose mind-altering drugs are the only thing that might persuade people to vote for him.”


This from a woman who gained the distinction of becoming the British parliament’s first openly lesbian member by coming out in September 1997 in an interview with The Observer. The following year she became the first female MP to tie the knot in a civil partnership.

Another Labour Hypocrite.

Another Labour Hypocrite.

Putting aside the inter-party bickering, you would think, wouldn’t you, that someone who has bravely overcome prejudice against minorities and stood up for libertarian principles and justice, could do a little better on the cannabis issue? But no, she represents the Labour Party so well in its short sighted bigotry, intolerance and authoritarian instincts.  She fits well with the other dinosaurs; Gordon Brown, Alan Johnson, Jacqui Smith and the ignoramuses that contribute to the absence of any drugs policy at all from Labour. It’s her hypocrisy that staggers me though and I’ve seen a similar illiberal attitude from Chris Bryant, another Labour MP who has fought bravely for gay rights but is ignorance and prejudice personified on drugs policy. labour

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 9, 2014 at 11:32 am

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  1. Everyone is against corruption until they have the opportunity to partake

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  3. Are you saying that gays in general should support cannabis use because they are an oppressed minority like cannabis campaigners?


    May 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    • No! Cannabis use is a choice for the individual. What I am saying is that those who are familar with prejudice, discrimination and propaganda should have empathy for those in a similar position.

      Peter Reynolds

      May 9, 2014 at 7:02 pm

  4. Much of the Ignorance, Prejudice and Hypocrisy is encoded in the language speakers use semi-consciously, example:

    “I suppose mind-altering drugs are the only thing that might persuade people to vote for [Clegg]]”– note use of the catch-all term “DRUGS” with “cannabis” as antecedent– the Hypocrisy being in the way the speaker assumes she is qualified to declare casually, just in passing that cannabis is a “drug”. Big Alcohol and Big 2WackGo have created an illusion in minds of MP’s that their constituency expects that attitude from them, to the extent that they assume it automatically.


    May 9, 2014 at 7:50 pm

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