On 20 May 2008, Leo McKinstry reported thus in The Daily Mail:
"Political ideologues live in a permanent state of denial, refusing to accept any evidence that contradicts them. A classic example of this pattern lies in family policy. For decades, feminist zealots have told us that family structure is irrelevant, fathers are unnecessary for child-rearing and marriage is outdated.Harman has a deal of form in the marriage-wrecking, absent-dad-is-best book. As long ago as 1990, she co-authored a report entitled The Family Way, which criticised the family unit and mothers who stay at home. In fact the booklet went so far as to wonder whether "the presence of fathers in families is necessarily a means to social harmony and cohesion".
These views have had a disastrous influence, encouraging the state to preside over the breakdown in the traditional family. The results are everywhere - in crime, in benefits dependency, poverty and the rising costs to public services.
Yet, amid all this wreckage, hardliners still cling to their dogma. And none is more hardline than the High Priestess of British Feminism, Harriet Harman. In an extraordinary interview published yesterday, she declared marriage was 'irrelevant' to public policy and described high rates of separation as a 'positive development', as it reflected 'greater choice' for couples - never mind the children.
If nothing else, Harman can be credited with consistency. Neither the facts nor the passage of time have changed her mind. She was preaching this dangerous gospel of feminist fascism when she was first elected to Parliament in 1982.
When I came to work for her as a parliamentary aide in the early Nineties, Harman was questioning whether fathers were necessary at all. In her 26 years as MP, she appears to have learnt nothing from representing the poor South London constituency of Camberwell and Peckham. It not only has one of the highest rates of lone parenthood in the country, but is also one of the most deprived and crimeridden areas in Britain. Yet in Harriet Harman's mind, these two points are not connected.
As a naive young Ulsterman, hailing from a middle-class, two-parent home in Belfast, I was shocked at the complete absence of responsible fathers in the big housing estates that dominated the constituency.
Yet this wilful creation of fractured society in her own midst did not bother Harriet.
'Families come in all shapes and sizes', has long been one of the favourite mantras of the Left.
Research studies have shown, however, that children do better when raised in married families... Research, concluded that a stable background means you are less likely to be out of work, live off the State, become single parents or even smoke. Children of married parents do better in exams, according to other studies, and are less likely to have mental difficulties.
The Commons Home Affairs Committee has shown that levels of family breakdown among the black community are propelling teenagers into a life of crime. This was all too evident in Peckham's phenomenal caseload, arising from an army of constituents who were reliant on the state for all their needs, which meant I found working for Harriet an extremely demanding job.
When I first took up the post, many friends in the Labour party told me I was an idiot to do so. She had a tyrannical reputation, notorious for her unreasonable demands and hectoring manner... There was often an air of chaos about her management - she often struggled to remain on top of her paperwork. And for someone in the frontline of politics, Harman could be strangely ill-informed about current affairs and I would have to brief her strenuously for appearances on BBC Question Time, trying to ensure, for instance, that she remembered the names of key players in the Middle East peace process.
She could also be odd about money. At one stage she decided to employ a media negotiator to enhance her earnings from routine broadcast appearances - unheard of in Whitehall. It was a tactic that backfired when an outraged ITV company leaked to the Press her substantial demand for a fee...
I can now see what aggravates so many people about her: the politically correct condescension; smug self-certainty despite a record of incompetence; the whiff of born-to-rule arrogance; the attachment to the shibboleths of multi-culturalism and feminism. Harman is the embodiment of so much that is wrong with New Labour. Born into affluent privilege herself, Harman is that classic socialist type that regards the robust British working class with suspicion. But Harriet's greatest vice - and there are many - is her hypocrisy. She is now the Deputy Leader of a party that, in its latest by-election campaign in Crewe, has descended into the gutter of class warfare, deriding its opponents as 'toffs'.
Yet few figures in modern politics have enjoyed greater privilege than Harman. Her father was a Harley Street surgeon, her uncle the Earl of Longford. She was educated at the exclusive St Paul's Girls' School, before going on to York University and legal training. And like so many of the New Labour elite, she has never had a real job... Before she entered Parliament, she worked as the legal officer for the radical pressure group, the National Council for Civil Liberties.
Further hypocrisy comes in the way she is raising her family - Harman's attachment to the socialist ideal of comprehensive education clearly does not extend to her own life. She sent one of her sons to a grant-maintained school, another to a selective grammar, reinforcing the belief that too many Labour politicians refuse to practise what they preach.
Living in the leafy enclave of Dulwich, Harman's detachment from her constituents' lives was further reflected when she wore a stab-proof vest for a tour of Peckham, even though she was escorted by three police officers...
In 11 years of Labour rule she has no significant achievements to her name. She was sacked from the Cabinet by Blair in 1998 for making a hash of the policy of welfare reform. Since then she has used a succession of jobs, first Solicitor-General and now Minister for Equalities and Leader of the Commons as a platform to propound her dated brand of feminism.
Her mix of incompetence and cash problems was again demonstrated when she was embroiled in the Donorgate row recently, having accepted money for her Deputy Leadership bid without checking the source and then failing to make a proper declaration to the Electoral Commission...
Harman is fond of talking about equality, but her policies move in precisely theopposite direction.
So she has called for the introduction of US-style positive discrimination for job candidates, where female and ethnic minority candidates are favoured over white males. This is in direct contradiction of equal opportunities. Nothing could be more unjust, patronising or discriminatory than awarding jobs on the basis of skin colour or gender. The same is true of her scheme to promote all-black shortlists in elections to increase the number of non-white MPs.
But then Harman has never had time for the British public, preferring to patronise rather than listen. She wants to shape society instead of serving its genuine needs.
Her entire career, based on the elitist belief that she knows best, represents a betrayal of the traditional working class - the very people Labour was founded to represent."
Erin Pizzey described the work as a "staggering attack on men and their role in modern life".
So "why does Harriet Harman hate marriage"?
Perhaps because she is a member of a New World Order elite that despises the British working-classes and wants them gone? Lord Longford was Harman's uncle and the writers Thomas Pakenham, Rachel Billington and Lady Antonia Fraser are her cousins. Fraser is married to the Jewish playwright, Harold Pinter. Harman is great-granddaughter of Arthur Chamberlain and Louisa Kenrick.
Arthur was the brother of Joseph who served under Gladstone and Salisbury. Louisa's cousin, Harriet, married Joseph and they were the parents of Austen, Chancellor of the Exchequer and Foreign Secretary. Louisa's sister Florence married him after Harriet's death. They were the parents of Neville, Prime Minister from 1937 to 1940. Another Harman great-grandfather was a wealthy paper merchant.
Harman’s sister, Sarah, was caught passing confidential papers to her when she was Solicitor General. Sarah Harman was, subsequently, found guilty of 'conduct unbefitting a solicitor' and forced to resign.
Wikipedia has this to say about Harman:
"Between 1978 and 1982 she was legal officer for the National Council for Civil Liberties, before becoming MP for Peckham in a by-election in 1982. She became Labour's front-bench spokesman for Social Services in 1984, and then Health in 1987. After the 1992 general election she was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and became shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then Shadow Secretary of State for Health.Of Harman's decision to send her son to the grant-maintained London Oratory, (where Tony Blair sent his sons) the black MP, Diane Abbot, said this:
After the 1992 general election she was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and became shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, then Shadow Secretary of State for Health...
Whilst holding this post she was involved in a media controversy when she sent her eldest son to a grant maintained school, then her younger son to a grammar school. Labour policy opposed these forms of education, but she retained high office with the support of the Labour leader, Tony Blair. (Tony Blair has also sent his children to top Grammar schools)
After Labour's victory in the 1997 general election, she became Secretary of State for Social Security...
During this period Harman became regarded as an over-promoted New Labour apparatchik.
Harman was sacked in 1998".
"She made the Labour Party look as though we say one thing and do another".Abbot would later refrain from sending her own son to the local Comprehensive, preferring instead to enrol him at an elite Grammar, some way away from all the nasty gun-toters. Wikipedia continues:
"She made a return to the front bench in 2001 with her appointment to the office of Solicitor General, thus becoming the first female Solicitor General ever".In 2003, our Solicitor Generalwas fined £400 and banned from driving for seven days after being convicted of driving at 99 mph.
It was reported in January 2004 that the Solicitor General's son, in his first year at the University of Warwick, had been caught smoking marijuana, but not been expelled from his halls of residence in accordance with the university's policy. The media contrasted his treatment with that of another fellow first-year, who had died on the way home after suffering the usual punishment, getting lost, and wandering on to some train tracks.
In 2007, Harman was issued with a £60 fixed penalty notice and given three penalty points on her license for driving at 50 mph on a stretch of road with a 40 mph limit.
The Jewish property developer and major New Labour donor, David Abrahams, gave £5,000 to Harman's bid to become the New Labour Party's Deputy Leader. When Harman was interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme on 27 November 2007, she was evasive when asked to confirm or deny that her campaign team had contacted Abrahams' secretary soliciting money.
Harman is married to Jack Dromey, former Trades Union Leader, former Labour Party Treasurer and now an MP also. He is on record as having said:
"Our economy needs migrant labour, they are essential. It would be impracticable but also immoral to deport half a million people. Who would clean? Who would cook? The time has come for a debate around amnesty for those workers".
"We will act as the champion of migrant workers, they enrich our life. Migrant workers should be organised and not marginalised. We will confront the cancer of racism in the workplace. We will ensure action in parliament. We will combat racism in the community. The brain-dead boot boys of the BNP will never have a place in the T&G."Dromey said something similar in a speech at the TUC conference on 15 September 2004:
"I love living in Herne Hill/Brixton, with its thriving Afro-Caribbean culture. Next door is Peckham with the largest African community in Britain. I know of no more decent and hard-working peoples. Give me the Peckham African community any day to the brain-dead BNP boot boys of Burnley…Dromey's Irish father was 'welcomed to our shores' in 1938. He, too, became a trades union leader.
Our task is not to fear migrant workers, BUT INSTEAD TO WELCOME THEM TO OUR SHORES".
In 20 June 2007, The Christian Voice told us this:
"Before she became an MP, Harriet Harman was the legal officer in the late 1970s for the National Council for Civil Liberties. When Miss Harman joined NCCL in 1978, PIE, THE PAEDOPHILE INFORMATION EXCHANGE, had already been affiliated for three years. ANOTHER GROUP, PAEDOPHILE ACTION FOR LIBERATION, a Gay Liberation Front offshoot, HAD ALSO BEEN AFFILIATED TO NCCL UNTIL IT WAS ABSORBED BY PIE. PIE, WHICH CAMPAIGNED FOR ADULTS TO HAVE SEX LEGALLY WITH CHILDREN, ONLY BROKE OFF ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH NCCL WHEN IT WENT UNDERCOVER IN 1982, the same year that Harriet Harman left her NCCL post to become Member of Parliament for Peckham.Christian Voice
NCCL PEOPLE WERE EARLIER INVOLVED IN KEEPING THE NAME OF AN NCCL COUNCIL-MEMBER, JONATHAN WALTERS, OUT OF THE PEOPLE NEWSPAPER WHEN IT RAN AN EXPOSÉ OF PAEDOPHILE ACTION FOR LIBERATION, OF WHICH HE WAS SECRETARY, IN 1975. The People still ran the story, but Walters was not named.
Even more extraordinary is the fact that A CURRENT CABINET MINISTER WAS RUNNING THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AT THE TIME ALL THIS WAS GOING ON.
The Rt Hon PATRICIA HEWITT MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR HEALTH, BECAME GENERAL SECRETARY OF NCCL IN 1974. THE VERY NEXT YEAR, 1975, NCCL INVITED THE PAEDOPHILE INFORMATION EXCHANGE AND PAEDOPHILE ACTION FOR LIBERATION TO AFFILIATE.
In the year after, 1976, the now-notorious paedophile Tom O'Carroll was invited to address the NCCL conference, which promptly voted to 'deplore' the use of chemical castration treatments for paedophiles.
Also in 1975, Patricia Hewitt joined the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, as a 'straight', in the same year that Keith Hose of the Paedophile Information Exchange addressed its second annual conference.
Hose moved a motion of censure on the conference organising committee for 'relegating paedophilia to ancillary status in conference.' The motion was seconded by Trevor Locke, who just happened to be a member of the Executive Council of the NCCL.
'AN AWARENESS AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE SEXUALITY OF CHILDREN IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE LIBERATION OF THE YOUNG HOMOSEXUAL,' the motion went on.
It was duly passed.
Jack Dromey, whom Harriet Harman married in 1982, and who is now Treasurer of the Labour Party, was also involved with the NCCL. HE SERVED ON ITS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FROM 1970 TO 1979, SO HE WAS THERE WHEN THE DECISION TO INVITE THE TWO PAEDOPHILE GROUPS TO AFFILIATE WAS MADE.
NCCL also set up a gay rights sub-committee at the same time, MEMBERS OF WHICH INCLUDED PROMINENT PAEDOPHILES PETER BREMNER (ALIAS ROGER NASH), MICHAEL BURBIDGE, KEITH HOSE AND TOM O'CARROLL. And of course Walters and Locke were on the Executive.
Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, commented:
'It is timely that the ghosts of the 1970's past should come back to haunt these three leading Labour Party politicians. Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt were in their mid- or late-twenties at the time, but that cannot really excuse the way NCCL came to regard paedophiles as an oppressed minority whose civil liberties needed to be fought for.
'All three of them really need to explain WHY THEY WERE SO FRIENDLY TOWARD SO MANY… HOMOSEXUAL PAEDOPHILES IN THEIR YOUTH. WHY DID THEY ALLOW THE NCCL GAY RIGHTS SUB-COMMITTEE TO BE STUFFED WITH THEM? WHY WERE THEY HAPPY TO WORK WITH PAEDOPHILIA SUPPORTERS ON THE NCCL EXECUTIVE?
It cannot have been sympathy with child-molestation, so was it a complete lack of judgment or was it moral cowardice?
'NCCL has now been rebranded as 'Liberty' and is doing great work standing up to the Government to defend the civil liberties of us all. But thirty years ago some rather peculiar things went on, and I think we should be told why’.”
Harriet Harman, MP for Camberwell and Peckham, voted for war with Iraq.
She did not vote for an amendment which sought to prevent the invasion of Afghanistan. She also voted for the military action which led to led to the widespread bombing of Iraq in 1998.
Twenty two EDMs were introduced into Parliament, since New Labour came to power, which were critical of the government's use and sale of cluster bombs, land mines and artillery shells containing depleted uranium. Harman signed none of them.
At least sixteen EDMs were introduced into Parliament, since New Labour came to power, which sympathised with Armed Forces personnel who have been seriously damaged by deliberate exposure to radiation at nuclear test sites; chemical and nerve gas experimentation at Porton Down on unsuspecting volunteers; Gulf War Syndrome and other wholly preventable illnesses. Harman signed none of them.
She voted to allow the adoption of children by homosexual couples and to lower age of consent for gay sex to 16. She voted against the motion which opposed government plans to cut student funding and voted for student top-up fees. She voted for the establishment of Foundation hospitals (privatisation by the back door) in all four of the most important Commons divisions
Of the seventeen EDMs (and their amendments) which were explicitly or implicitly critical of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, Harman signed none of them. During the lifetime of the New Labour government, Harman has had plenty of opportunity to sign some of the many EDMs introduced into Parliament which were suspicious and/or critical of GM 'Frankenstein food' technology. She didn't sign any.
She also voted for an amendment to a bill which, according to Stephen Byers, who was a member of the Select Committee which tabled the new clause "would create a new specific offence of racially motivated violence".
She also signed an EDM, introduced by the black Jew, Oona King, welcoming:
"... all-party support that the Race Relations Bill has received throughout its passage in both Houses of Parliament; and calls on all public authorities - the police, central and local government, the NHS and others, all of whose functions will be covered by the amended Race Relations Act 1976, to seize the opportunity provided by this legislation to tackle all forms of racial discrimination".When Harman signed this pernicious EDM, she will have known that it was designed to bear down upon the native, white population of Britain only.
Harman also voted for criminal behaviour to be punished with more severity if that behaviour be 'racially' or 'religiously' aggravated.
She also mentioned the murder of Damilola Taylor many times in the House of Commons. She also mentioned the death in prison custody of the black man, Alton Manning. She also signed an EDM commemorating Stephen Lawrence.
However, Harman never mentioned the murder of her constituent, Leslie Watkinson. Leslie, a 66-year-old former Salvation Army Major, was knocked to the ground just yards from his home by three black youths who stole his pension. Nor did Harman mention the murder of Hilda Ashdown, who was killed by two black men. Nor did she mention the murder of Angela Demetriou, who was killed by her black neighbour.
In fact, Harman has never brought a black/Asian-upon-white murder to the attention of the British people in the House of Commons. Nor has she ever signed an EDM commemorating any of the many British dead who have been murdered by first and second-generation immigrants.
The monstrous, aristocratic anti-Brit is now the Deputy Leader of a political party that was set up to represent the British working-classes.
I met Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey in a late night drinking den once.
She was thrusting her bosom out, hands on hips and posing coquettishly. I remember her insisting that my pal and I DID know who she was. (I knew who she was alright but I was pretending not to)
Dromey, squirt-like, was trying to hide under the table and, very definitely, did not like his wife sharing herself with two proper chaps. After a while he got brave enough to cheep something along the lines of:
"We should be getting home now".Which, I have to admit, is exactly what I think now. They, along with a good many others, should be on their way.