The first time I saw this woman, also known as Lady Nugee, on TV I felt there was something did not ring true about her. I heard Alan Johnson defend her last night on the Andrew Neil show saying she came from a very poor background, had been raised in a council house and rose up to be a barrister and epitomised social mobility. All this went unchallenged by AN but trusting my instincts I had a look at what Google/Wikepedia had to say about the lady.
Wikipedia says about her,
"Thornberry was born in north Surrey to Cedric Thornberry, a Visiting Professor of War Studies at King's College London, and his wife Sally Thornberry, a teacher. Her parents divorced when Thornberry was aged seven and she and her two brothers lived with her mother who later became a Labour Councillor and Mayor. Her father went on to become United Nations Assistant Secretary General and to work for NATO."
Ho-hum so daddy was a professor at Kings London and mummy was a school teacher who went on to become a Mayor. If that's social mobility Mr Johnson then I'm a postman!
It gets worse when you find out she sends her children to selective schools 10 miles or so from her mansion like those oher darlings of the left, Hettie Harman and Diane Abbott. Again from Wikipedia
In April 2005 it emerged that Thornberry had sent her son to the selective Dame Alice Owen's School fourteen miles away from her home and outside her constituency. The school was formerly based in Islington and still reserves ten percent of its places for Islington pupils. The Labour Party opposes selection and Thornberry was widely criticised over the issue as a result. Chris Woodhead, the former chief inspector of schools stated "I celebrate her good sense as a parent and deplore her hypocrisy as a politician. When will those who espouse the virtues of comprehensive education apply the logic of their political message to their children?"
Thornberry's daughter now also attends the same school. She defended her position by stating she felt the school should not have moved from its original location. Incredible!
You know how Labour opposes the sell off of council houses. Well guess who has been buying them up and renting them out, not Mrs Nuggee but Mr Sir Nugee, High Court judge. Again from Wikipedia
During the course of a campaign run by Thornberry on the subject of social housing, the Islington Tribune, a local newspaper, discovered that her husband had bought ex-social housing stock for over half a million pounds and receives rental income from the property. It also emerged that the new residents are Labour Party activists.
Its the old Labour elite story, rules apply to the ordinary people not the Labour elite. I can put up with Tory toffs like Dave & Rees Mogg but I cannot abide Labour hyopcrites like Thornberry & Harman who make a fat living out of 'representing' the poorest in our society whilst feathering heir own nest. If Milliband had any guts he would kick the pair of them out of the Labour party and tell postie Johnson not to believe all his colleagues tell him.
As Tory Home put it today:
So the mask has slipped. The sneering from the Islington dinner parties has been indiscreetly placed into the public domain. It recalls the General Election incident where Gordon Brown was caught describing Gillian Duffy a bigot.