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Wednesday, October 26, 2005
My son attends a
Jewish nursery, says Blunkett
By Sarah Womack and Jonathan
DAVID Blunkett has disclosed
that his son by Kimberly Quinn, his former
lover, attends a Jewish nursery.
The Work and Pensions Secretary, who was raised as
a Methodist, added that as the boy's mother was
from a Jewish background, it was "appropriate" that
William, three, should attend a Jewish nursery.
UNLIKE The Daily
Telegraph, evidently, I have little
concern about the religion of the school
David Blunkett sees his offspring being
sent to. But I am concerned to find him
back in office.
He is just
another of the India-rubber freaks and
cronies who have bounced in and out of
Tony Blair's Cabinet. Peter
Mandelson is another. No misdemeanour,
no crime, no scandal or private shame is
sufficient for Mr Sanctimonious Blair to
divest himself permanently of these
While England goes to
the dogs, and while White Londoners now
flee to the provinces at the rate of
300,000 a year, he fiddles on -- and boy,
are there some fiddles going on right
I am old enough to
remember and be Englishly proud of the
Crichel Down Affair. Go Google it, if you
don't recall the details: a government
minister, personally wholly innocent of
wrongdoing (Sir Thomas
Dugdale I believe), resigned for
ever from office because some junior
official in his ministry had made a
balls-up over a postwar land deal.
The affair set a
benchmark for standards of ministerial
responsibility and probity. It has now
become invisible, encrusted with the
barnacles of New Labour -- not that the
modern Tories are any better.
THIS is incidentally a classic example of
the cowardly and contrived manner by which
the major broadsheet newspapers reveal
that a well known person -- in this case
Kimberley Quinn, pilloried as a
slag and a totally immoral whore in a
major television comedy film a few days
ago -- is Jewish.
Just as one had to read
halfway down a whole page article in
The Observer last Sunday about
Peter Green, the Top Shop owner who
has just paid himself an annual bonus of
over £1000million (yes, one billion
pounds), is also Jewish (there was an
otherwise pointless reference to the
hideously expensive "barmitzvah party" he
had thrown for his son).
His comments were made at a recent gala dinner
hosted by the Friends of Haifa University.
Mr Blunkett, who was being
presented with an honorary doctorate, said he
wanted to thank the Jewish community for its
"extraordinary support" when "things got difficult"
in his personal and professional life.
"And I won't let you down. I feel deeply
honoured when friends from the Jewish community are
prepared to welcome me. I feel like one of the
Robert Whelan, the deputy director of
Civitas, the Institute for the Study of Civil
Society, said last night that Mr Blunkett could not
criticise media scrutiny of his private life when
he talked about it himself.
He said: "Politicians are always looking for
means of gathering votes, whatever group they are
in at the time, and these remarks were better off
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