Kinnock and Patten get peerages

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  1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3965367.stm

    What a disgrace, two of the most useless, time wasting spongers ever to appear in politics.

    Ex-Labour leader Neil Kinnock and former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten are to be made life peers.
    Both politicians will take their seats once the new EU Commission is in place, currently delayed following a row over Italian candidate Rocco Buttiglione.

    The two outgoing European Commissioners are being replaced by one British representative, Peter Mandelson.

    Mr Kinnock said he saw his place in the Lords as a base from which to campaign on national and international issues.

    'A good base'

    He said: "I accepted the kind invitation to enter the House of Lords as a working peer for practical political reasons.

    It will give me the opportunity... to contribute to the national debate on issues like higher education, research, Europe and foreign policy

    "It is a good base for campaigning on national issues like education, sustainable transport, industrial change and the ageing society and global concerns, particularly poverty and oppression."

    As a Labour peer, he would also be able to put "the continuing case for our country's effective engagement in the EU," he said.

    The Lords would also provide "excellent opportunities to promote understanding of the work and value of the British Council."

    Lost seat

    He added: "Naturally, I will not take my seat or engage in any other activities of the House of Lords until my term of office in the European Commission has ended."

    Mr Patten said he was "honoured" to be made a life peer.

    "It will give me the opportunity as a Conservative peer to contribute to the national debate on issues like higher education, research, Europe and foreign policy," he said.

    Mr Kinnock resigned the Labour leadership after losing the 1992 election to a narrow Tory victory which Mr Patten is credited with delivering.

    He was then Conservative chairman and he lost his Bath seat in the same poll.

    The then Tory premier John Major subsequently made him the last British governor of Hong Kong.
     
  2. Kinnock the man who secured the line of departure for Blair and his mates. Kinnock the man who when in charge of combatting fraud in the EEC sacked anyone who pointed out that fraud was occurring. Kinnock a man so appealing to the great British public that they voted for John Major instead.

    What an excellent choice for one of Tonys new peers.
     
  3. Have to concur, that these two are total arrses!

    The peerage system needs to be looked at, its now being used as a tool to pay off political favours. I know it has done so in the past but TBLiar has taken it to new levels :evil:
     
  4. I have just read that Red Ken is also up for Peerage, evan after slaging them off for the last 20 odd years
     
  5. Nothing worse than a GINGER, balding welsh socialist twat gets a reward like this and takes it with a smile on his face

    Apart from maybe a rat faced, closet homeboy, little londoner socialist dicatator also takes a rewardlike this and says he is only doing it out of respect for his party (which he chose to leave and run against becasue they didnt like him)

    AGGGHGGGHHHHHhhhhhhhH!!!!! the two timing double crossing twats in government give me serious headaches!!!!

    Get a real job you scum sucking waste of tax!!

    agent smith