Sunday, December 19, 2004

Blunkett's Resignation Speech

The Blunkett saga has quickly gone from tragedy to farce. Blunkett's resignation speech provided cast iron proof, if there was at this stage any doubt, of his unfitness for high office. Deciding to take the high moral ground--always a tricky route to traverse--he said that he acted out of paternal love for his bastard child. Hasn't he read any of the great eighteenth century novels? The powerful father--and Blunkett is (or at least was) powerful--is supposed to watch over from afar. A mysterious cheque in the post; a word in the ear of an Oxford Don; a prized job offer out of the blue--that's his role. You are not supposed to "hold him [the child]... in [your] arms." You are not supposed to go to the courts to ascertain paternity nor to demand visitation rights. Furthermore, you are not supposed to blubber on national TV and claim later that you have been stitched up by wealthy amoralists. Blunkett simply did not understand the role that he chose to play. The silly bugger does not warrant our sympathy.

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