Louise Mensch tries to score points over Thatcher’s death


3:23 pm - April 8th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    


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I’ve yet to hear one disrespectful remark from a Labour figure. You get the impression that the tories had these bitchy remarks lined up and waiting and are parrotting them anyway.

2. Natacha Kennedy

Pretty sickening stuff and adds to the accusations of hypocrisy Louise “I’m a feminist” Mensch will inevitably face after eulogising someone who described feminism as a “poison”

3. Shatterface

Thatcher lived long enough to see the ANC transform itselff into ultra-Thatcherites happy to mow down striking miners with automatic weaponry.

If she could have forseen 21st Century South Africa she’d have been boycotting oranges like the rest of us.

4. selfraisinglazarus

@ Jimmy: Totally. They’ve been waiting for this for YEARS.

3 pure comedy gold

Louise Mensch – the equivalent of the guy who calls Cyrano ‘Big Nose’ and thinks it’s original.

@Rufus Hound – brilliant.

7. Mark Dragilocevic

Who is “Rufus Hound” and why are his views relevant?

8. joanne cooper

surely everybody’s views are relevant

Nice of her to use the term “pygmies” as a slur. Why is she considered relevant again? Or is she officially our new mocking target that everyone hates?

Pygmies eh? This from a ‘runaway’ who still believes her opinion counts.

To be fair, pygmy here is clearly used as a metaphor, to contrast with political titans such as Mensch.

12. Naughtyhorse

My dear Mark Dragilocevic;
Rufus is the wit that Pwned your precious mench today, or had you not noticed 😀

in other news;
the witch is dead!

13. Naughtyhorse

Oh and by the way Lousie
pass along to hubby – im torrenting metalica like a good un 🙂

from the mouthy druggy criminal ex mp who now lives in the us of a?

J @ 1:
“I’ve yet to hear one disrespectful remark from a Labour figure.”
Labour has, so far, behaved with decorum. Ed Millipede’s comment was dignified and well judged. He rose in my estimation – from a very low base, admittedly.

NK @ 2:
“the accusations of hypocrisy Louise “I’m a feminist” Mensch will inevitably face after eulogising someone who described feminism as a “poison””

‘Feminism’ is a very elastic term. It describes an attitude rather than a doctrine. In their own terms, both Louise Mensch and Margaret Thatcher are ‘feminists’, being individuals who showed that women can do things other than look after babies and clean houses…

JC @ 8:
“surely everybody’s views are relevant”
Really? Why? Surely only up to a point…

@9/10/11: Oh go on! Accuse her of a racist metaphor! You know you want to…

naughtyhorse @ 12: “the witch is dead!”
And yet Sunny complains in traditional leftist faux-outrage that Delingpole jokes about the deaths of climate scientists…!
http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/04/07/james-delingpole-regrets-that-climate-scientists-shouldnt-be-murdered/

16. Guytheman

Only a matter of time before Louise ends of on Faux News though she’ll need to drop some her socially liberal values like believing gays are people.

17. ludicrous pseudonym

@15

fairly sure The Iron Lady would never have described herself as a feminist on anyone’s terms… she described feminism as being a “poison”, after all.

In fairness, Mandela was never remembered for his socialism, which is probably what she meant. Or maybe I’m being too fair!

Lp @ 17:
So she did, but she probably meant the socialist variant. If actions speak louder than words, both women are surely feminists.

20. Body in the Thames

No, Thatcher hated feminism.

Feminists believe in the equality of women.

Margaret Thatcher believed in the superiority of Margaret Thatcher.

21. Carlton Palmer

Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter! Quitter!

Louise all your points are invalid. That is all.

22. Robin Levett

@Richard #18:

Mandela was never remembered for his socialism

Except by certain individuals on this site who believe he is/was a Stalinist – [cough]SMFS[/cough]

I’ve yet to hear one disrespectful remark from a Labour figure.”
Labour has, so far, behaved with decorum. Ed Millipede’s comment was dignified and well judged. He rose in my estimation – from a very low base, admittedly.
Nothing like an open mind eh Tone

“I’ve yet to hear one disrespectful remark from a Labour figure”
They just want the bloody circus to finish. Let the Tories have their love fest and after the dreadful baby boom generation of politcos has died, consign her to a footnote of history

25. margin4error

Labour seem reasonably comfortable with all the antagonistic rubbish being thrown around by tories about how Thatcher’s proudest victory was the development of the modern labour party.

And so it should. In the end Thatcher has been an empty shell of a person for a long time and has had little real involvement in politics for over 20 years other than as a bogeyman or savior from the past. The tories will revel in the chance to play antagonistic politics right now because the economy is in the mire and they are unpopular again. Labour have better things to talk about.

I know she’s a failed and lapsed Tory, but I would you know. Oh, yes! I definitely would until she couldn’t walk straight.

This is the girl who turned her back on and abandoned the people of her former constituency who elected her isn’t it? Who cares what this silly young woman thinks? She a complete and utter political nobody, even in her own household.

Wasn’t Mensch and ex blair babe.

Sorry an ex blair babe

30. tigerdarwin

Lousie you are not at alll attractive, I much prefer Liz Truss

31. Doug Stafford

Louise Mensch………

I thought that you’d ferked off away from politics.

Why don’t you just do us all (another) favour, and ferk off again!

32. Lucy Johnson

There is one pygmie round here and as they say ‘it takes one to know one’.

33. Keith Reeder

None of the (recent) Left’s leaders will be as hated and reviled as Thatcher either.

It’s easy to see the positive in the bitch if you didn’t personally suffer from, and have to deal with the fall-out of, the carnage she wreaked across swathes of the UK.

Mensch, I imagine it’s safe to assume, never saw her family and her community torn apart by Thatcher’s anti-worker pogroms…

I was put off by the celebrations of a M. Thatcher’s death.
Margaret Thatcher’s policies resulted in a great deal of anguish and poverty for a great many people. She was ruthless:
“She supported the retention of capital punishment,
she destroyed the country’s manufacturing industry,
she voted against the relaxation of divorce laws
she abolished free milk for schoolchildren,
she supported more freedom for business (and look how that turned out), she gained support from the National Front in the 1979 election by pandering to the fears of immigration,
she gerrymandered local authorities by forcing through council house sales, at the same time preventing councils from spending the money they got for selling houses on building new houses (spending on social housing dropped by 67% in her premiership), she was responsible for 3.6 million unemployed – the highest figure and the highest proportion of the workforce in history and three times the previous government. Massaging of the figures means that the figure was closer to 5 million….”I could add to this list.
Her policies actually hurt people.
Although I have no wish to celebrate her death I can understand how people feel, especially as we have a Tory government whose policies are mirroring Thatchers. No I do not think its about left wing people celebrating Thatchers death, I think people remember the awful time they had and are simply expressing that. I don’t think you will find anyone celebrating Major’s death.

35. Gordon Taylor

First of all, who in hell is Louise Mensch? (Who obviously is not a mensch–or is that just a nom de theatre like Billy Idol?) And “globally mourned”? I don’t know if Oregon counts (the last time I looked it was still visible in Google Earth), but I have yet to see anyone rending his garments in our dear state. (Nigel Hawthorne, yes; now there was a loss to politics and humanity. We took that one hard.) Last of all–oh hell with it: who the fuck is Louise Mensch anyway?

Everyone knew Louise Mensch was a cunt, anyway.

One thing Thatcher never grasped as she dissed the miners as subversive threats to the state, sent in The Met, killed them, abused them with horse and baton charges, injured a load more then starved whole villages

– was that their relatives, sons and cousins, were fighting battles in her phoney war with another Dictator.


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