What is it and Labour's fascination with selective quoting?

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Over at Sir Humphrey’s Zen Tiger critiqued Labour apologist Jordan’s view of neo-liberalism. Jordan promptly grabbed the bait and started using the Labour Party tactic of choice “Selective Quotation” to attack Margaret Thatcher.

Jordan said Margaret Thatcher said “there is no such things as society”…and she did of course say that except it was in the middle of a particularly apt quotation.

“I think we’ve been through a period where too many people have been given to understand that if they have a problem, it’s the government’s job to cope with it. ‘I have a problem, I’ll get a grant.’ ‘I’m homeless, the government must house me.’ They’re casting their problem on society. And, you know, there is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. It’s our duty to look after ourselves and then, also to look after our neighbour. People have got the entitlements too much in mind, without the obligations. There’s no such thing as entitlement, unless someone has first met an obligation.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1987.

What Margaret Thatcher said back then is still appropriate for now and even more particularly given Labours penchant for robbing the taxpayer to fund the “taxpayer who is in favour” at the moment.

Jordan, has also jumped onto his blog to try to explain away his position. But given he has a habit of accusing people of things and then never retracting them I doubt we will see him admitting to mis-quoting on this one as well. But then how can we expect that when his Leader has shown the way with Forgery, Speeding, Insider Trading etc etc


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