Sunday, 20 February 2011

The sayings of Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow

Stella Creasy as a Waltham Forest councillor.

This blog has a passing interest in Stella as she’s both a cyclist and a passionate environmentalist.

As a cyclist she signed the petition I Stop At Red (see it here).

It was therefore deeply shocking and troubling to witness this paragon of virtue disregarding road traffic rules.

And recently there was disturbing evidence of a link between Stella and unlawful flyposting in central Walthamstow.

And now, to add to the indictment, Stella has been a little economical with the actualité during the course of sisterly debate.

Take a look at this statement:

It is partly a question there of the huge amount of time you are expected to put in. I was a local councillor but I stepped down after one term. It was impossible to combine with real life.

Stella presents a touching picture of a hard-working feminist, who decided voluntarily to step down in order to spend more time with her family.

Which is not quite how some local Labour Party members remember it, though their choice of language in their assessments of Ms Creasy could not possibly be reproduced on a wholesome, family-friendly site like Crap Cycling.

Or to put it another way

In 2005 she was mysteriously de-selected by party colleagues as a Labour councillor in Waltham Forest before she rebuilt her political career.

Incidentally, I pray that Private Eye never comes across Ms Creasy’s contribution to this debate on Labour Party sisterhood, as there is some infelicitous and easily misunderstood phrasing at the end, which might well provoke coarse public schoolboy sniggers if crudely wrenched from the surrounding context.