The glass houses of parliament

30 April 2013

The Labour Party is most exercised by the news, broken by the Spectator, that Economist journalist Christopher Lockwood has been appointed to the Downing Street Policy Unit. Poor old Lockwood is charged with being a bit posh, knowing David Cameron personally and attending a good school. This amounts to a crime against humanity in Labour land.

Rent-a-quote Rachel Reeves, who moonlights as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, took time off her maternity leave to lambast the elitist chumocracy at the heart of Dave’s government. All of which is a bit rich because the Labour Party indulges this particular establishment vogue to a tee.


Rachel Reeves’ sister Ellie is on the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), and her boss Ed Balls is married to the shadow home secretary. Had Reeves been indisposed, we may have heard from Harriet Harman (Old Pauline, like Lockwood). Or we might have had to endure the dolorous tones of Harman’s husband Jack Dromey, who became a Labour MP after the NEC secured his selection for the 2010 election campaign.

And who can forget the recent tragi-comedy over which Miliband would lead the party? The Milibands were merely one amusement in that arcade. Diane Abbott may have resembled a joke candidate but she was, in fact, a beacon of diversity: a plucky Cambridge graduate challenging four Oxonians.

Talk about throwing stones in glass houses.

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  • uKip alot Ian

    The same Reeves & Labour party who criticise Tories over bedroom tax, so he’s the truth the hypocritical lying Labour Party don’t like people to know:

    When Rachel Reeves & Labour talk about benefit cuts we should all be
    aware that Labour introduced the so called ‘bedroom tax’ which is really a
    benefit reduction or ‘spare room subsidy.

    Hansard Parliamentary Record19 Dec 2001 : Column: 376W

    Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what was
    the figure for expenditure on the housing benefit under occupation pilot that
    was not specified on page 103 of the 2001 Departmental report. [18917]

    Malcolm Wicks (Labour MP now deceased): The under-occupation pilot
    encourages housing benefit recipients living in under- occupied social housing
    to move to smaller and cheaper accommodation in order to make more efficient
    use of housing stock. The pilot is expected to run until 2003.

    (scroll up a little from the link to find this quote)

  • Diane Abbott MP

    There were actually two Cambridge graduates in the 2010 Labour leadership contest. Myself and Andy Burnham MP

    • anyfool

      Does that Reeves woman speak with her strangulated hernia voice box croak when not in prole mode or did she really have an operation to make her sound common.

  • derekemery

    Studied PPE at Oxford – so he will be totally useless at real world economics as are the rest of the political PPE crowd in government.

  • channel.fog

    Ah, the old two wrongs make a right argument.

  • Jeff Evans

    And weren’t they trying to parachute Tony Blair’s son in somewhere?

  • bugalugs2

    Don’t forget the hereditary MP privilege the Benn dynasty seems to enjoy courtesy of Labour … or how Alastair Campbell’s squeeze has been trying to become a Labour candidate, or Dunwoody junior in Crewe etc etc.

  • george

    gotta love labour … throw barbed darts to puncture the crime of “jobs for the boys” only to find they are in fact boomerangs

  • DWWolds

    Balls went to Nottingham High, a private school. I believe Chris Leslie was also a pupil there. Lillian Greenwood, MP for South Nottingham, despite her “woman of the people” accent went to Oxford.

  • therealguyfaux

    One is reminded of Richard Daley the Elder, Mayor of Chicago in the mid-20th C., whose logic was impeccable on this subject: “So tell me– if I can’t give jobs to my friends, who can I give them to? My enemies?”

  • A Libertarian Rebel

    This is a dreadful smear, Mr Pike.

    The Labour Party hierarchy is incredibly diverse. Why, did not Mr Harriet Harman, occasionally known as Dromey J, make it to the top of an all-wimmin shortlist?

  • G Thomas

    You forget how the Milibands began their political career – nothing like an internship with Daddy’s powerful friends

  • j.w.kanefsky

    Reeves is married to Nicholas Joicey, director of the international department HM Treasury and a former private secretary and speech writer to Gordon Brown. Reeves younger sister, Ellie, is a member of Labour’s National Executive Committee and Joint Policy Committee, and is married to John Cryer, another Labour MP.

  • tribalterror

    Shameless hypocrisy has always been the benchmark of a good socialist

  • Blank Reg

    Reeves did PPE at Oxford, the same subject and the same university as Cameron. She is hardly in a position to be complaining about privilege and exclusive clubs.

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