There are certain attacks that Labour use when they are clearly in the wrong and can't think of anything else to say. They tend to be used by the more useless or unpleasant ministers, like 'Battlin' Bob Ainsworth and Liam 'Where's My Coffee, Bitch?!' Byrne. So to see Baron Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham using them makes me wonder if his nerves might be a bit on edge. He said, when discussing the Conservatives and the economy:
"It is talking Britain down when David Cameron compares Britain ludicrously in everyone's eyes to Greece, and when George Osborne describes Britain as an exhausted runner at the back of a long marathon race unable to summon the strength to build our economy,'' he told The Politics show.
That is disgraceful, it is irresponsible. It's also unpatriotic."
Leaving aside the fact that nobody should have to take lessons in patriotism from a man who would quite happily see this country run from Belgium, France and Germany, this is a line that only gets churned out when trying to stifle a perfectly valid argument. See Bob's opinion that mentioning our complete failure to provide our troops in Afghanistan with sufficient helicopters is somehow unpatriotic. And someone with Mandelson's political ability shouldn't really be using Bob Ainsworth as a guide on how to get a message across.
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