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Tony Banks at deaths door

#1
In anticipation of the death of Tony Banks (Lord Stratford of Stratford in the borough of Newham as is) I would like to make a bold stand against the "a brilliant parliamentarian, he will be sadly missed" (q.v. Not the Nine O Clock News) school of Arrse obituaries.

Tony Banks was a very vicious politician, who was totally wrapped into half a dozen issues. His tactics and doctrine during the Hunting Bill were often vile and his apologies for animal rights terrorists equally so. He was a prurient puritanical stuffy pompous and thoroughly jumped up little man who thrived on bitter controversy but avoided constructive debates. He was no friend to the Armed Forces.

Just thought I'd make my position clear before the inevitable crocodile tears start. He was not fit to tie Rachel Squires' shoes...
 
#4
Seen crossing his fingers when he took the oath of allegiance to the Queen during a new session of Parliament; one of the 'champagne socialist' movement. Hypocritical, (actually first tried to stand as a Liberal way back when) and too closely allied to Red Ken for most people's liking.

Will be missed by a couple of animals, but not by the vegetables he ate instead.
 
#6
At Death's door, eh?

Can't wait to hear it slam!

OBTW, how were those tw*ts Hain and Prescott when last seen.. might as well go for it wholesale! :twisted:
 
#7
I throughly agree that Banks was a nasty piece of work, though I am waiting for "one of the great parlimentarians of our time" eulogies to come out when he does pop off.

As the Grim Reaper seems to have his sights set on Neu Arbeit Inner Party members perhaps an Arrse Death Pool is in order.

My five nominations:

Prescott
Mandelson
Hodge
Hoon
and of course the Great Helmsman himself.
 
#8
Prescott getting cremated would make the Hemel Hempstead fire look like an instant barbecue. I met him last year in a previous job, and the TV cameras actually take of 20 pounds in his instance
 
#9
Claudius_Agricola said:
As the Grim Reaper seems to have his sights set on Neu Arbeit Inner Party members perhaps an Arrse Death Pool is in order.

My five nominations:

Prescott
Mandelson
Hodge
Hoon
and of course the Great Helmsman himself.
Like these - Prescott has to be the biggest oaf ever to grace the Mother of Parliaments. However, would also like to add Broon (utter boor and ocean going tw*t). The rest of Tony's gang probably measure up as no more then simpering sycophants, at best.
 
#12
Banks is a vile and spiteful individual who epitomises everything that is bad about this government. No tears will be found flowing down these rosy cheeks. It is a shame that he will not live to see the Hunting Act eventually be repealed. Tally Ho.
 
#15
Banks was without doubt a complete cnut who did a diservice to sport as sports minister and could only see football as his job and ignored everything else.
The hunting community was his target during the last years of his political life which he purseud with venon; and to find out today that David Mellor was a great friend just confirms that some cnuts reallly deserve each other.
The end of Banks could not come soon enough for me.
 

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LE
Moderator
#16
Henry_Tombs said:
Banks was without doubt a complete cnut who did a diservice to sport as sports minister and could only see football as his job and ignored everything else.
The hunting community was his target during the last years of his political life which he purseud with venon; and to find out today that David Mellor was a great friend just confirms that some cnuts reallly deserve each other.
The end of Banks could not come soon enough for me.
Hear hear!
 
#20
Henry_Tombs said:
Just heard he has died.

Now where's that whisky?
It's true, drinks all round!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4591570.stm
Ex-minister Tony Banks dies in US

Tony Banks was taken ill on holiday in the US


Tony Banks' career
Former sports minister Tony Banks has died after suffering a massive stroke on holiday in the US at the age of 62.
The ex-Labour MP for West Ham and laterly Lord Stratford, was at lunch on Sanibel Island, Florida, on Saturday when he collapsed.

Prime Minister Tony Blair paid tribute to "one of the most charismatic politicians in Britain".

An avid Chelsea football club fan, in 1999 he led an unsuccessful UK bid to host the World Cup at Wembley.

Fellow Chelsea fan and friend, former Tory minister David Mellow, said he was a "man of passion" who possessed a "sharp and witty tongue".

"But he exuded such joie de vivre that no-one could seriously take offence to his opinions.
8O

"He was immensely popular on both sides of the House." 8O

Lord Stratford became an MP in 1983 but did not stand in last year's election.

He was known for his forthright views while an MP. His popularity with the public gave him a "man of the people" image. What!!!

Tony Banks was not just a figurehead for millions of animal welfare supporters across Britain, but a determined street fighter in the corridors of Westminster

John Cooper
League Against Cruel Sports

As an MP, his office was based in Stratford, east London, for 20 years, an area where he also lived.

He took his role in the cabinet in Tony Blair's first administration but resigned in 1999 to concentrate on the World Cup bid.

From the backbenches he pursued his passion for animal welfare, contributing to the Hunting Bill debate.

John Cooper, chairman of the League Against Cruel Sports said of Lord Stratford, the League's vice-president: "In his firm belief that people have a moral responsibility in respect of how they treat animals, Tony Banks was not just a figurehead for millions of animal welfare supporters across Britain, but a determined street fighter in the corridors of Westminster."

He sought to be selected as Labour's candidate for the 2003 London Mayoral election, but was defeated by Nicky Gavron.

He caused surprise by taking the title Lord Stratford when made a working peer last year. But he called it a "nom de politics", saying he still expected to be largely known as Tony Banks.

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson described the peer as "one of the great characters of Westminster" who cared passionately about politics.

The current sports minister, Richard Caborn, said his friend and former colleague had "left his mark in sport, football in particular", and was a "man of conviction who got his very serious point across", but was "never bitter and never personal". 8O Such pork pies!
 

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