Tuesday, September 23, 2008

It shouldn't have to come to this

Ruth Kelly is expected to leave the cabinet in a matter of days. It's believed that this is because of an impossible conflict between her private faith and her public role.

This is appalling news.

Ruth Kelly is a supremely able woman. She is an economist who worked for the old lady of Threadneedle Street and then as economics writer on The Grauniad where she revealed that the then chancellor, Norman Lamont had broken his own economic rules. She is also the embodiment of Catholic Social Teaching. Uncultured ignorami unfamiliar with the majestic institution which is the Roman Catholic Church dwell on her links with Opus Dei and construct bizarre gothic Torquemadaesque caricatures of her. They know nothing. Ruth Kelly is more Dorothy Day with a dash of Joan of Arc.

Once asked by an interviewer what attracted her to the Labour Party, Kelly spoke of the Thatcherite 80s. She thought it "inappropriate" for there to be such staggering levels of unemployment as there were in those years. That's Ruth Kelly to a t. She really is traditional Labour values in a modern setting.

Not one for the Westminster bar-crawling scene, intriguing or any kind of vulgar self-aggrandisment, Ruth Kelly is also an enigma. But occasional flashes of her essentially liberal personality seeped out in Cabinet gossip. Ruth Kelly, it was said, favoured a progressive penal policy which emphasised the care and rehabilitiation of offenders rather than playing to the gallery scapegoating and hang 'em flog 'em showing off to tabloids.

Some ministers are known for their effing and blinding rudeness. Not Kelly. She's known for her exquisite manners and general niceness. But then, everything about Ruth Kelly is quiet, understated good taste. She used to dress with nun-like austerity, wearing simple dark trouser suits which accentuated her slender physique. No wonder she provoked such jealousy among the dried up brigade: a brilliant political career combined with fecundity and the kind of dewy skin on her face that only inate virtue buys. Then about a year ago she was pressganged into a makeover and emerged with gorgeous buttery chunks of hair framing her pretty face and wearing stylish clothes. There must have been scenes of splenetic envy from Westminister to Brussels. Particularly in Brussels.

Any competent manager of political talent would have junked the ludicrous HFE Bill which is only likely to benefit a few big biotech millionaires and nurtured Kelly instead. She's been criticised for not being a tub-thumping politician, for being a natural civil servant but these are precisely the qualities, together with her economic expertise and constant concern for social justice which would have made her the perfect person to guide the ship of state through choppy waters.

Gordon should have made her Chancellor of the Exchequer.

9 Comments:

Blogger neprimerimye said...

SO Kelly is a social liberal? Well yes she is. But she is also an economic liberal with no concern or interest in the working classes.

A natural bureaucrat? Oh yes a bureaucrat in the model of those Stalin worshipping Fabians the Webbs.

An exponent of Labour values? What does this priviliged careerist know of Labour values of the struggle to pay the grocery bills? Absolutely nothing!

A trained economist? Yes indeed a trained techician who wishes above all to preserve the bosses exploitative economic system. A system from which she, but not the working classes, has so benefitted.

And what pray tell has this characterless non-entity in common with that self less anarcho-Catholic Dorothy Day? Nothing whatsoever.

Better this facelass hack had stayed out of politics. Better for the working classes and better too for her.

9/24/2008 4:18 AM  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

Voting for this mob (all of them, not just Labour) is a mortal sin.

9/24/2008 10:17 AM  
Blogger voltaires said...

Sorry Maria, I didn't realise it was April Fool's Day until I read this fantastic spoof post.

It is a spoof, right?

9/27/2008 3:41 PM  
Anonymous Haggerston Harry said...

I wasn't sure whether it was a spoof either, until I read this:

"Uncultured ignorami unfamiliar with the majestic institution which is the Roman Catholic Church dwell on her links with Opus Dei and construct bizarre gothic Torquemadaesque caricatures of her."

Now that is funny!

9/27/2008 11:44 PM  
Blogger Merseymike said...

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Kelly should not even have been allowed on the candidates list, let aloe become an MP. A progressive party should have no room for conservative, reactionary Vaticanism. Go and start your own right-wing party.

9/28/2008 8:55 AM  
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