I imagine Gordon Brewer watched Andrew Marr failing to land a punch on Farage and thought, ‘Politicians are betraying democracy? That will be a good opener for my interrogation later of the other John Smith girl and that woman who was in the jungle.’
She didn’t like it and nipped him politely. Doesn’t he know her dad’s a saint and her sister is his boss?
Kathryn Smith, sister of Sarah, State Broadcaster (Scotland Region) News Supremo, and Kezia Dugdale were there to talk about the John Smith Centre for Neo-Liberal Economics, US Foreign Policy Support and Befriending the Tories, which will ‘restore faith in Scottish politics.’ Even Gordon was a bit skeptical about that but didn’t go so far as to suggest viewers would be better off with the Jimmy Reid Foundation. I would.
Kezia looked happy in her new family show, McDynasty, where she plays the ‘Poisoned Dafty’, and will, I feel sure, bring her much-needed, post-Labour, pest-toleration aptitude to the project.
Smith did, however, pull out a big one aimed at converting any doubters watching, when she told us her dad liked Tory PM John Major quite a bit and would often retire together with him to have tea and talk about how Labour was now ready to betray the working people in return for job security. There should be more of that! Kezia nods.
Can I be critical of the beatified John Smith? I can, of course, but should I? Well I don’t need to. See these three telling extracts from a Guardian obituary:
Smith impressed Hugh Gaitskell, who heard him at a May Day rally in Glasgow in 1963 – not only because he spoke well but because he already exuded the level-headed pragmatism of the Labour right.
Smith qualified as an advocate in 1967 and subsequently was involved in some of Scotland’s biggest trials. He defended one of the men involved in the notorious ‘ice cream wars’, during which a family of six were burned to death in an arson attack. Smith ‘s client escaped with a three-year sentence.
The other side of his character which was perhaps not clear to the general public was his enormous self-confidence. He was the sort of man of whom it is said that he thought he could walk on water.
John Smith Centre for Public Service? Aye right!