A special place in hell

A SCREENSHOT beamed this way by one of council leader Sarah Hayward’s critical friends suggests there’s been a bit of teeth-grinding today. “Today I’m most reminded of Madeleine Albright’s ‘special place in hell’ quote,” she tells online pals on Facebook.

Albright’s well-known quote, of course, was in full: ‘There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

Who could she mean?, colleagues wondered collectively, a little taken aback by such stern terms, before Labour colleague and Camden’s Mayor Lazzaro Pietragnoli (or at least someone posting under his name and picture, I was only sent the screenshot) chimed in with…. well, you can see below.

In other, completely unrelated news, Angela Pober has hardly had a bean of media coverage during the whole Holborn and St Pancras selection saga, which did not seem right after she gained a branch nomination and a slot in front of this weekend’s short-listing committee.

So she landed in today’s New Journal with an interview in which she outlined some policy ideas but also described the other candidates ‘samey’. When asked whether it would feel weird competing against her group leader, she referenced that crazy old night back in 2012 when Sarah won control by just one vote.

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4 Comments on A special place in hell

  1. Dora Clarke // November 27, 2014 at 5:28 pm //

    Hi Richard,

    This seems a bit of a stretch of logic. Wouldn’t it be pretty unlikely that Sarah would either expect help from, or give help to any other candidate in the race? What did she say when you asked her?

    You’ve talked before about Sarah’s record of helping women, which probably deserves some reciprocity, but not from other candidates seeking the same position!

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    • Richard Osley // November 27, 2014 at 6:12 pm //

      Thanks Dora

      As I said, completely unrelated…

      …although I can tell you that several Labour members took the FB update in the way you say is stretched logic. If they are confused, then there may be a question as to how well Sarah communicates what she means with her Labour friends.

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      • Dora Clarke // November 28, 2014 at 10:48 am //

        I guess councillor Hayward was communicating with her friends on her private page, which is why it didn’t make sense to other people. Facebook is a funny thing, but even public figures should be able to have their own conversations in private like the rest of us. They are human after all!

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  2. Since you are not a Facebook user, and since I am pretty sure I do not have amongst my contacts any “critical friend” who will forward to you the picture of my status, I am copying below the comment I posted last night:

    I felt a bit violated today when the snapshot of a comment I put on a friend’s post was published on the blog of a local journalist quite popular with the Northern London political elite. Without resorting to Umberto Eco and Noam Chomsky, it is quite evident that my language and my tone were those of a private conversation – the journalist himself admitted the snapshot was transmitted to him by a “critical friend” of the author of the post.

    In other, completely unrelated news, Clodagh Hartley, a senior political journalist at the Sun walked free from the Old Bailey on Wednesday after a jury found her not guilt of arranging unlawful payments for stories from inside the Government. She said “leaks” were rarely what they seemed in Whitehall and were usually authorised by someone trying to gain political advantage.

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