When the ‘Mail’ sneered at a dead politician…

April 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm (Daily Mail, gloating, history, Jim D, labour party, media, red-baiting, Thatcher, Tory scum, truth)

The Thatcher fan club (led by the Daily Mail) howls with rage at those who dare ‘disrespect’ her memory.

Remember when harmless, decent, old Michael Foot died?

From the Daily Mail (two days after his death):

NB:  Wikipedia states that  “at the outbreak of the Second World War, Foot volunteered for military service, but was rejected because of his chronic asthma. It has been suggested (2011) that he became a member of the secret Auxiliary Units.

“In 1940, under the pen-name “Cato” he and two other Beaverbrook journalists (Frank Owen, editor of the Standard, and Peter Howard of the Daily Express) published Guilty Men, a Left Book Club book attacking the appeasement policy of the Chamberlain government, which became a run-away best-seller.”-JD

H/t Sunny at Liberal Conspiracy


  1. Jim Denham said,

    And another thing:

    • For the record, the funeral of Michael Foot cost the sum of 0p to the state.

    -Tom Foot, Matt Foot and John Foot

    (letter to the Guardian, 12 April 2013)

  2. Mark said,

    Nor was Michael Foot ever the Prime Minister – easily neglected fact. Guilty Men shows him to have been nothing but a powerfully principled man, whatever might be said of his unrealistic attitude to rearmament. Quite different, it might be said, to Thatcher’s relations with certain dictators.

  3. Jim Denham said,

    Note the cartoon’s use of hammer and sickle, to suggest that Foot was a Soviet agent, or at least soft on the USSR: in fact Foot was an outspoken critic of Stalin and the USSR at a time when many others (including Tories) weren’t.

  4. Roger McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    Foot’s anti-appeasement stand in the 1930s was well worth mentioning and shows that capitalist institutions like the Mail (The Rothermeres were of course arch-appeasers right up until the German tanks rolled into Poland) can hold grudges for 70 years,

    And this is why the Right win and we lose – hate and enmity are the true foundations of an effective politics and their hate is just so much purer, more focused and imperishable than ours.

    • Monsuer Jelly More Bounce to the Ounce (Much More Bounce) OOps upside your Head this time with feeling said,

      which is why on Osler’s shite blergghh you are wrong about thatcher. hate hate hate

  5. Ian Taylor said,

    As an interesting point of comparison, Margaret Thatcher’s father, Alfred Roberts, volunteered to serve in the First World War but was also refused on health grounds (poor eye sight). Yet somehow I can’t imagine Richard Littlejohn (or the Mail) having a pop at Thatcher’s dad for that.

  6. Modernity's Ghost said,

    What did Thatcher do during WW2? Work on the land? In the fields? Perhaps in an armament factory?

    Foot, for all of his many faults, dreamt up the Dig For Victory slogan.

    I am sure one of Thatcher’s many admirers will remind us what she did during WW2, in the struggle against fascism.

    • Jimmy Glesga said,

      She probably knitted. My old auntie checked respirators. I have her certificate authorising her to do so.

  7. fpmmm said,

    Why anyone is wasting their time on an arse-clag like little Littlejohn is beyond me.

    Appeasement didn’t give Britain ‘time to rearm’, it gave the Nazis factories (eg the Skoda works) they needed to churn out heavy armaments. Hitler didn’t collect countries because he *liked* them. He didn’t think the western USSR was perfectly charming in April

    Appeasement showed Hitler (and Mussolini) that they could do whatever they liked and boss class scum in the imperial powers couldn’t give a shit, terrified as they were of the ‘lower orders’ and ‘inferior races’ and Bolshevism. As long as the Nazis and fascists behaved like good imperialists they were welcome in the Gentlemen’s Club. The imperial powers collaborated to undermine workers organisations and revolutionary movements to ensure there was no effective resistance to fascism.

    And that’s what the Mail is all about – ‘Hurrah for the Blackshirts’.

  8. Boleyn Ali said,

    Foot, for all of his many faults, dreamt up the Dig For Victory slogan.

    Did he? Genuine question

  9. Modernity's Ghost said,

    Yes, that is why I said it.

    • Monsuer Jelly More Bounce to the Ounce (Much More Bounce) OOps upside your Head this time with feeling said,

      what a dick

    • Jimmy Glesga said,

      He probably never did any digging.

  10. Jim Denham said,

    Mod would seem to be correct:

    Well, you live and learn, eh?

  11. Alec said,

    It wasn’t a donkey jacket… it was a very tasteful car coat!


  12. Monsuer Jelly More Bounce to the Ounce (Much More Bounce) OOps upside your Head this time with feeling said,

    correct. not a donkey jacket. anyway. I thought it looked smart. so fuck all the cuernts.

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