LOOK at this character, standing in the House of Commons, hands behind his back, chest puffed out, a smarmy look, pursed lips that suggest he thinks he is the cleverest ranker in he world – and all for telling a simple switcheroo gag.
‘As the Prime Minister will be aware’, David Lammy blathered in Parliament today, ‘There are two great clubs in north London: Tottenham and Enfield Town’. He went on to waste a few more seconds of PMQs asking David Cameron whether he could help keep Tottenham in Tottenham. [Insert expletive here] [And another one]
What people like David Lammy and maybe Lammy himself are worried about is that after years of making rubbish jokes (in the absence of trophies) about Arsenal originally coming from Woolwich, and not Highbury, it could all splat back in their face if Spurs hotfoot to Stratford. And let’s face it: the fact that the idea of a move to the Olympic Stadium, whether a bargaining strategy or something more, is even being thought about says enough: They aren’t 100 percent committed to staying within Lammy’s constituency.
But the sad truth, more important than any of the banter in the Commons this afternoon, is that most of the people living in the immediate area around White Hart Lane can’t actually afford to go to Tottenham matches. Whether the club stays or not is nowhere near the top of the priorities in their lives. It holds no relevance to them. They are worried about services being cut and crime rates, whether their families and homes are safe. That’s what should be Lammy’s immediate concern. Once a fortnight, thousands out-of-patchers descend on the area, watch the match and then buzz off again. His mandate doesn’t come from them.
Lammy may think he’s pleasing his constituents with his silly quip and campaigning spirit. But he may actually just be pleasing people in Highgate, Hampstead, Waltham Forest, Bushey and beyond…