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When the things you love keep changing

Posted on March 10, 2012 by

Tom Harris MP on Twitter, 10th March 2012:

"To the homeless, the unemployed, the hungry, the vulnerable, I say this: the SNP will give you a Scottish passport!"

Oof! That's some biting satire from the Scottish Labour man there, suggesting the SNP will do nothing for these unfortunate people other than change their nationality! That's going to sting those pesky "Tartan Tory" Nats! Hurrah for the good comrades of the Red Flag who stand up for the poor and the dispossessed!

But wait a minute – who's this vile, compassionless Tory slimebag sort, being quoted approvingly in the Telegraph by arch-Tory columnist Alan Cochrane barely three months earlier for telling those same unemployed, homeless and vulnerable to go and get stuffed, because his party has nothing to offer them?

"We were set up as the party to represent the values of working people, working being the key word. We weren't set up as some sort of charity to help the poorest in society – the long-term unemployed, the benefit dependent, the drug addicted, the homeless."

What? It's Tom Harris of the Scottish Labour Party, you say? We're confused again.

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26 to “When the things you love keep changing”

  1. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    THe more I see about what  Cochrane is writing, I don't bother to read him anymore as he has an adverse reaction on my blood pressure, the more I become sure that he is increasingly losing the plot.

  2. RevStu says:

    On the contrary, I love reading him, because every week he gets more and more purple-faced with rage at the SNP's continued success, and I'm curious to see when he'll actually burst.

  3. Bugger (the Panda) says:

    Harris is of the Tony Blair Socialist confessional, that is to say superimposable on the Thatcher dogma mindset.

  4. Tearlach says:

    Reading Cochorane is fun, as he increasingly turns into a caracture of himself, if such a thing is possible. I've run across him a few times at parlaimentry evening events, when the great and the good of civic Scotkand use the Garden Lobby for a few wines and nibbles. Always on the fringes and always on the phone. Kind of sums up the Torygraph in Scotland. I do wonder what happeended to his fragrant wife Jenny, last timeI looked she was relegated to writing puff pieces in the Scotsman, but that was over a year ago.

  5. Angus McLellan says:

    The fair Jenny was last seen in the Courier  Mock ye not. That means her words are seen by far more eyeballs in Scotland than see her other half's ruminations.

  6. Longshanker says:

    Aye. It''s a Billy Connolly paraphrase for the twitter age right enough. How do you tell if a politician is lieing? His lips/fingers are moving.
    Some things never change though.

  7. DougtheDug says:

    Jenny Hjul (Mrs. Cochrane) is also editor of "Equipped, The Armed Forces and Veterans Magazine.", which appears to be a freebie distributed to past and present members of the UK's armed forces.
    I haven't read any of her Courier articles but I used to read her pieces in the Sunday Times when she worked there and she easily matches good old Cochers in her outright hatred of the SNP.
    It's no wonder Alan Cochrane thought Tom Harris was the best thing since sliced bread in that Telegraph article.

  8. Lesley-Anne says:

    That will be the Tom Harris who appears to have conceded defeat tonight!

    Just heard on Newsshaft that Fife is rumoured to have turned completely YELLOW! 😛

  9. Lesley-Anne says:

    Just hearing Labour candidate in East Lothian has congratulated #SNP candidate and count is still on going!

    Battersea result

    Con 26,730
    UKIP 1,586
    Lab 18,792
    Green 1,682
    LD 2,241

    turn out 67.1%

    Tory hold

  10. Lesley-Anne says:

    I’m hearing on twitter and Facebook that Ian Davidson is GONE and David Mundell is GONE!

    I think we can safely say the SNP has surpassed its previous high of 11 seats. 😀

  11. Lesley-Anne says:

    Just heard Ochil and Perthshire seat has 58% for Tasmina Sheikh, S.N.P. 😀

  12. Lesley-Anne says:

    Turnout for Gordon Brown’s old Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat was 70%, up from 62.37% in 2010

  13. Lesley-Anne says:

    Nuneaton result

    Lab 15,945
    Ld 816
    Con 20,827
    Green 1,281
    English Dem 104
    TUSC 194
    UKIP 6,582

    turn out 67.2%

    Con hold

  14. Lesley-Anne says:

    STV reporting that Labour have conceded ALL seven seats in Glasgow! 😀

  15. Lesley-Anne says:

    Kilmarnock & Loudoun result

    SNP 30,000
    Lab 16,362
    Con 6,752
    LD 789

    turnout 71.6%

    S.N.P. GAIN!

    Western Isles

    Con 1,215
    SCP 1,045
    LD 456
    SNP 8,662
    Lab 4,560

    turn out


  16. Lesley-Anne says:

    Paisley and Renfreshire South result

    Lab 17,864
    SNP 23,548
    Con 3,526
    LD 1,010
    SSP 278

    turnout 75.4%


  17. Thepnr says:

    Yeah Yeah Yeah

    We love you Mhari, do your people proud xxx

  18. Thepnr says:

    This is beyond my wildest dreams. From here on we deal with what comes next.

  19. Lesley-Anne says:

    Dundee West result

    LD 1,057
    Green 1,225
    TUSC 304
    Con 3,852
    Lab 10,592
    SNP 27,684

    turn out 67.5%


    Glenrothes Result

    SNP 28,429
    LD 892
    Con 3,685
    Lab 14,562

    turn out


    Falkirk result

    SNP 34,831
    Lab 15,130
    Con 7,325
    UKIP 1,829
    LD 1,225

    turn out 72.4%


    Ochil and South Perthshire

    SNP 26,620
    Lab 16,452
    Con 11,987
    LD 1,481
    UKIP 1,331

    turn out 74.8%


    Angus result

    SNP 24,130
    Con 12,900
    Lab 3,919
    UKIP 1,355
    Green 965

    turn out 67.6%


  20. Lesley-Anne says:

    Dundee East result

    SNP 28,765
    Lab 9,603
    Con 7,206
    LD 1,387
    Greens 895
    CISTA 225
    TUSC 104

    turn out 72%


    Dumbartonshire East result

    UKIP 567
    Green 804
    Lab 6,754
    SNP 22,093
    Con 4,627
    LD 19,926

    turn out 81.9%


  21. Lesley-Anne says:

    Rutherglen and Hamilton West result

    SNP 30,279
    Lab 20,304
    Con 4,350
    UKIP 1,301
    LD 1,045
    CISTA 336

    turn out 69.7%


    Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath result

    SNP 27,628
    Lab 17,654
    Con 5,223
    UKIP 1,237
    LD 1,150

    turn out 69.6%


  22. Thepnr says:

    Well done Taranaich!! You done us proud.

  23. Lesley-Anne says:

    Midlothian result

    SNP 24,453
    Lab 14,594
    Con 5,760
    Green 1,219
    UKIP 1,173
    LD 1,132

    turn out 71.2%

    SNP GAIN106


    UKIP 715
    SNP 24,585
    CISTA 283
    Con 4,446
    Lab 13,532
    LD 1,106

    turn out 75.2%


  24. Thepnr says:

    Fuck you skelator. We laugh in your face, Paula Rose has just fainted!

  25. Lesley-Anne says:

    Airdrie and Shotts result

    SNP 23,887
    LD 678
    Lab 15,108
    UKIP 1,088
    Con 3,389
    IND 136

    turn out 66.4%


    East Renfrew result

    UKIP 888
    Con 12,465
    Lab 19,295
    SNP 23,013
    LD 1,069

    turn out 81.1%


  26. Chris says:

    Tom Harris obviously didn’t get the memo from Harold Wilson, “This Party is a moral crusade or it is nothing.”

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