Monday, September 21, 2009

John Harris was a teenage Labour hack

[Later. Don't read this posting: read this one instead.]

John Harris is all over the Guardian website giving the world his - largely unflattering - view of the Liberal Democrat Conference.

It's time to remind ourselves that Harris is not a rock journalist with a silly haircut who has turned his attention to politics later in life.

For, in a piece on Hazel Blears that he published in the Guardian in May, Harris wrote:
I first encountered Hazel Blears in 1985, when she was a 29-year-old solicitor and Labour councillor with frizzed-up hair and Ben Elton glasses, and I was a Thatcher-hating 15-year-old. We initially met in the Cheshire town of Knutsford - where, prior to a takeover by a gang of Trotskyists given their instructions by the shadowy force known as the Militant tendency, I was in charge of the local branch of the Labour party Young Socialists.
No further questions, m'lud.

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