Vote Clegg – get Maggie’s support

Yesterday both Mark Pack and I blogged about the Daily Mail and other tabloids paying paparazzi  to stalk Miriam Gonzalez Durantez as she shopped at Rigby & Peller. Today it appears that the Mail have had second thoughts and pulled the article from their web site – only to replace it with something even more odious – a Jan Moir poison special.

Ms Moir is obviously still preening from her nasty, homophobic character assassination of Stephen Gately last year, as this time she goes for a full house. In one page she manages to make snide criticism about women who have their own careers, mothers who like to spend time with their children, fathers who like to spend time with their children, wives who support their husbands in their jobs, wives who don’t support their husbands in their jobs, women who earn more than their partners, people with a religious faith, people without a religious faith, women who shop for their own clothes, particularly in any ‘upmarket’ shop and women who do a grocery shop for food for their family. Gosh, that doesn’t leave many of us unscathed!

Moir comments:

Miriam Gonzalez Durantez is in a lingerie shop, bulk buying bras. What the heck is going on? Miriam is also in an arm sling, although these two incidents are apparently not connected. The wife of the Lib Dem leader claims that she simply broke her elbow when nipping out to buy groceries at the weekend. As you do.

Yet pro-wrestling observers suggest that Mrs Clegg’s injury looks far more like it was sustained during the execution of a classic elbow smash; seemingly a routine response in the Clegg household when Nick doesn’t empty the dishwasher quickly enough.

Followed later on by:

Over the weekend, Mr Clegg was also encouraged, no prizes for guessing by whom, to leave the most important campaign of his life to spend more time with their three young sons”.

So the new line, as parroted by the Daily Mail, is that you can’t have a ‘henpecked husband’ running the country, when he can’t even rule his own household? I wonder what parallel universe Paul Dacre lives in and then I remember that it’s one in which women literally must not wear the trousers. Which section of the population is this meant to appeal to, except for those who are already Conservative, with both a capital and lower case ‘c’?

Never mind the fact that an allegation of routine domestic abuse is being levelled at Miriam, something that must be actionable. I await the ‘apology’ from Ms Moir, saying that it was just a necessary scrutiny of the lifestyle of a man who is putting himself forward as our Prime Minister.

But the greatest irony is that not only does the Daily Mail not infrequently feature Rigby & Peller, the lingerie shop which Miriam dared to visit, today it runs a puff piece on the shop and its soon to retire owner. Oh, and it informs us that R&P’s customers include not only the Queen, but also Margaret Thatcher. Now there’s a new one: Vote Clegg – get Maggie’s support…

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  • When you say “get Maggie’s support”, I presume you’re not referring to the kind of support you can buy at Rigby & Peller?

  • we live in winchester but even though we are members of the labour party we vote tactically by voting LIBDEM to keep the tories out……furthermore until yesterday we favoured an alliance between labour and the lidems..however nick clegg has put a spanner in the works by saying 1 that labour not only needs to get the most seats but also that 2 it must sack brown and 3 it must get the most votes…my answer to the above is a) that he’s got a b****dy cheek to try to dictate who our leader is and b) if he is counting our votes we might as well vote labour in winchester!…

  • Anthony Aloysius St 26th Apr '10 - 4:40pm


    Actually he said:
    (1) If Labour came third in terms of votes, he wouldn’t support Brown remaining prime minister.
    (2) If a party got most votes _and_ most seats then it would have the right to try to form a government.

  • Anthony Aloysius St 26th Apr '10 - 4:44pm

    I should have added:

    That means if Labour got most seats but not most votes, neither of the other two parties would be in that situation, and in Clegg’s terms neither would have a “clear mandate”.

    But that is an interesting point about Labour supporters who vote tactically for the Lib Dems “not counting”.

  • The Liberal Democrats are perfectly entiteld to set out minimum terms for working with other parties after the General Election. If Nick and his colleagues feel that it would be impossible to work with Gordon Brown, then it is surely right that they should say so now. I am sure that many, many Labour supporters would be more than willing to sacrifice Brown in order to keep the Tories out of power.

  • This post rocks. Well said Sara.

  • “Never mind the fact that an allegation of routine domestic abuse is being levelled at Miriam, something that must be actionable.” – Didn’t you hear? Domestic abuse is fine if it’s women abusing men. Glad to see that with the Sun stepping up it’s game the Mail is still holding tightly onto the title of ‘most loathsome paper in the UK’.

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