Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Cecil Parkinson

Parkinson, the sophisticate with a very red face and very yellow teeth.
I've been amazed to read the tributes paid to Cecil Parkinson by his friends and colleagues in the Conservative party. Screeds have been written (and spoken) about his suave, sophisticated charm, and how great a man he was; how close to Mrs Thatcher.

Now I know that it is customary on someone's death to say nice things about them, but that was surely only one side of him.

I wonder what kind of man could have an affair of many years with his assistant then when she becomes pregnant, ask her to abort the baby for his career's sake. 

When she refuses, what kind of man then refuses to acknowledge his child and indeed uses his connections to get the most fearsome, and unprecedented legal restrictions placed around her so that, until she is 18, no one must know who or what she is. (The child was forbidden to be captured in school photographs or to participate in any activity like sports or school plays.)
He has the Tory air of looking down at people.
Not only that but she was sick with a brain tumour when she was just a child.

And still he didn't acknowledge her.

Ask yourself, what kind of man could have a very sick kid and not go to her; hold her hand; tell her things will be alright.

For all the sophisticated charm in the world that he was reputed to have (and I know it is customary not to speak ill of the dead), I only see an unspeakable monster determined to do whatever it took to ensure that his career was as little harmed as possible and that he went on to be yet another gubby peer of the realm.

27 comments:

  1. I feel sorry for his nearest and dearest, but speaking as someone who had to live through what he and that woman did; F**k him.
    And before Dean gets on his high horse, wheesht!

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    1. Yes. There is being an out and out capitalist... adn then there is treating a sick child...your sick child... the way he did.

      Despicable.

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    2. By "that woman", I was meaning Thatcher (spit).

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  2. I'm sure he and his maker had a very interesting conversation when they met.

    Gerry p

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    1. Yep, would have been good to be a fly on the wall.

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  3. No time for parents - male & female (I know of one case) - who ignore their responsibilities.

    There was a joke at the time:

    What do the Tories and MFI have in common?

    One loose screw and the whole cabinet falls apart.


    zog

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    1. Nor have I.

      Cruelty to children or animals is one thing guaranteed to make me incandescent. Racism is another.

      They are all inhuman.

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  4. He will not be missed by us.

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    1. To be honest, I'd forgotten who he was. I thought it was Michael Parkinson. Then I remembered.

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  5. tris

    He was just your everyday ordinary English Conservative...

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    1. I think, indeed I hope, he was a bit worse than that.

      They may largely be heartless bastards, but he surpassed that.

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    2. tris

      err ! yer wrong as Cameron proved today how many
      torys spoke out against a bunch of migrants

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    3. I didn't hear it, Niko.

      I don't suppose they will have it on their conscience beccause for that they would need to HAVE a conscience.

      Respect for Mr Corbyn having been there.

      I think the country would be a bit more tolerable if he were the PM.

      This bloke is beyond the pale. An embarrassment in the world.

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  6. Consuela McCrindleJanuary 27, 2016 8:51 am

    He was a real shining example of what a Tory stands for and believes in.

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    1. The thing is, Consuela, that they were rushing out in their droves to say what a nice man he was. Do they just draw a veil over his daughter and his lover?

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  7. Many No voters will be sorry to see him go.

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    1. I can't imagine that anyone except his friends in Tory Central will be sorry to see him go.

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  8. The words we normally use to express our contempt for Tories are quite inadequate to describe this bastard and you really have to wonder about a legal system which is set up to protect such despicable individuals.

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    1. I guess, John, that people in his position (or rather his previous position) are able to manipulate the legal system to their own ends. Favours to chaps that may be able to do one favours in the future.

      The law is there for their personal use to be used as seen fit.

      I'm sure that this has been normality in the past.

      I suspect it is still normality, but perhaps becoming less so as social media changes the balance between the 1% and the 99%.

      What I can't get over is the fact that he didn't go to his kid when she was sick.

      There is surely not an higher animal on earth that would do that.

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  9. I agree with all of the above. Don't you think his maker will be utterly ashamed of him, I certainly hope he/she broke that particular mould. We can hope that the wee red man at the other end who I do not envy, he has so many rotten bit of rubbish to deal with, has a wee hot spot marked out for him. Helena

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    1. I hope he's found a place shovelling sh*t next to his mate, Thatcher! 24/7 for the next 2000 years :)

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    2. Only 2000 years, letting him off a bit there, mibbies.

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    3. I'm a kind hearted boy. He can have a week's holiday after that.

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  10. Don't suppose many of those speaking out in eulogy at the passing of one of their own would have had much time for the also recently departed, and I'm guessing probably fondly remembered by many more than the odious Mr Parkinson, Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister nailed it when he said 'People don't become better when they're dead; you just talk about them as if they do. But it's not true! People are still assholes, they're just dead assholes!'.

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    1. Brilliant summation. And of course true.

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