Thursday, June 01, 2006

Peter Hitchens rediscovers Leninism

Hitchens the younger - pictured left - wants to get rid of our useless bourgeois parliament:

‘What we need instead is a scheme to allow proper people, bricklayers, train drivers, schoolteachers, small businessmen and women, experienced parents, for example to become part-time MPs, paid no more than the salaries they would normally get during a few weeks a year but provided with excellent research and secretarial staff so that they could really examine the rubbish the government is always trying to slip through Parliament.’

Hmmm, let me see. Ordinary workers, paid ordinary workers' wages, serving as readily recallable delegates to lawmaking bodies. Haven’t I heard those ideas before somewhere? Lenin, in State and Revolution, I do believe.

Congratulations, Peter! Your years in the International Socialists have obviously not been entirely lost to you.



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