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I love Lembit

October 30th, 2009 Posted in Uncategorized by

lembitOk , I am not quite ready to have his babies – but I thought that Lembit was top notch on Question Time tonight. He stood up proud and bold on legalisation of drugs – making Jacqui Smith look silly (though to be fair she was doing a pretty good job all by herself) and destroyed the Tories on their history of boom and bust.

Flamboyant?- maybe. Dodgy taste in women? probably(he has never come on to me !). Self deprecating? – definitely. Controversial?- always. But I love those anarchic MPs who say what they believe and stand by it. I want more of them. We would not be in the state we are in had we had more idiosyncratic, off the wall but principled, independent members of parliament who stood by their beliefs rather than folded to bullying or the promise of promotion. More please.

6 Responses to “I love Lembit”

  1. Mark Reckons Says:

    I’m not so sure. There were arguments he could have made but didn’t and he seemed a bit skewered by Seargent’s sarcastic swipe along the lines of “So drug use would go down if was legalised would it. Reeeeaaalllly!!!!!!????111”. All he needed to do was point out that cannabis use actually went down when it went from class B to class C a few years ago, and point to Portugal where in the last 8 years despite decriminalising all drugs, use of all drugs has gone down. They are pretty basic rebuttal points that should have been at the tip of his fingers as a strong advocate of reform.

    I was still very glad he was there though when this question came up as he is knowledgeable about this subject.

  2. Niklas Smith Says:

    I certainly agree with the point that we need more independent-minded MPs. Those that we do have currently tend to be seriously loopy rather than properly independent – step forward David Tredinnick MP, The Shadow Minister for Homeopathy and Associated Nonsense, for example.

  3. Bunny Smedley Says:

    Having once had a chance to observe him up close in the course of work on an all-party parliamentary committee, I’m pretty sure he’s actually considerably brighter, and also works a lot harder, than one might assume from reading ‘Hello!’ magazine.

  4. Angela Harbutt Says:

    Bunny I refuse to believe you read Hello! magazine

  5. Bunny Smedley Says:

    You misjudge me, Angela!

    Believe it or not, I did read ‘Hello!’ at least once: specifically, in the Dean Street, Soho branch of Tesco, mid February 2004, although in mitigation, I was only reading that extraordinarily odd feature on John Redwood, and also I didn’t inhale, err, actually pay for it.

    Still, actually, perhaps what I should have written was that Lembit is by no means as ghastly as one might assume from reading ‘Hello!’ magazine, based on what one assumes to be the case regarding his portrayal in ‘Hello!’ magazine, on the basis of not having read anything in ‘Hello!’ other than a feature on John Redwood’s improved dress sense. Oh dear, I’m almost starting to make Lembit look normal now – is that your plan?

  6. Angela Harbutt Says:

    Gotcha !