Peter White: A Disgrace

Although I would totally disagree with it, republicanism has a place in any discussion on the future of the Monarchy. Defenders of our national heritage should have the guile and fortitude to easily argue against any such attack successfully. Yet, derogatory and disgusting attacks on a person unable to defend herself are beyond debate. Unfortunately for the government, Peter White has shown the very ugly face of what I hope is a minority group within the ranks of the Labour Party.

On facebook of all places, Mr White decided to attack the Queen in such a despicable way that already, he has been forced to apologise and his candidacy for Havering council is now up for question. Commenting on a message about the diamond jubilee celebrations occurring in 2012 by Andrew Rosindell MP, Mr White wrote “What is the point of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of someone who is… a parasite and milks this country for everything she can.”

He went further to say; “Don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with a public holiday but lets [sic] have one that means something, rather than celebrating vermin.” I think we now know the calibre of this previous London chairman of Young Labour.

Had Peter White laid out a defendable argument against Her Majesty’s position then perhaps, though most would disagree, we would have listened. Now this disgraceful man has shown his true worth. Let us hope that his sentiments are rejected by the voters next May.

Daniel Cole

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13 thoughts on “Peter White: A Disgrace

  1. His choice of phrase is a little tactless, but given the context of the internet and the throw-away comment it’s nothing exceptionally disgraceful. Daft maybe.

    What is definately rather silly is how this is being talked up like its a major scandel. It ain’t. Sometimes people disagree with you. Sometimes their choice of words is unfortunate and falls on the wrong ears, but there you are.

  2. ‘Sometimes their choice of words is unfortunate and falls on the wrong ears, but there you are.’

    It is not that I can’t stand this activist having a different view. It is the crude language that he deploys. More than a little tactless, it reflects poorly on Labour students.

  3. Sorry, that line wasn’t refering to his republicanism at all, but indeed to his crudity. On that I quite agree.

    As to reflections on youth movements – both of ours are no stranger to this kind of thing. Minor events or actions, whipped up by the shameless media and the blogosphere into something of far more importance than they should be. Recognition where due – normally there’s even more faux-outrage when it happens to a CF person.

    Point is, whenever this happens, to members of whichever party, it’s never very subtle as to who the real attack is on. In this case this is quite clearly demonstated in the photo used, on this and many other blogs. Could it not have been cropped to show just Mr. White? Exploiting insignificant cock-ups by very minor party members is just a cheap way for the media to get their required scandal-fix. Were this not the case, it’s unlikely the story would ever have made it off the pages of Facebook.

  4. People need to understand that Facebook updates are a public broadcast. If you are a political activist there is every chance your words will be used against you and the party you represent.

    That the author of this post used a photograph of Peter White with Gordon Brown was bound to happen. To expect Labour’s political opponents to do anything other than exploit this news story is naive.

  5. You are absolutely right Dan and Im delighted you’ve picked up on this. Republican views are an unfortunate part of our political life and they have as much right to be heard as any other political standpoint. That said this man made a vicious, personal and completely unjustifiable attack on our Head of State and thus this situation extends much deeper than an ‘unfortunate choice of words’ as some seem to be indicating. In fact even when reproached about his comments and before he was prevailed upon by Labour HQ, his initial justification was “Im not the only one who holds such views” indicating that he had no remorse and stood by his remarks. So this isn’t just a poor choice of words this is a deep and disturbing conviction of his.

    In normal circumstances I would be advocating the position that society shouldn’t be so sensitive in instances such as this (I would wouldn’t I? lol) but the difference between this situation and others is that the Monarchy’s most fundamental foundation (and indeed the source of its power) lies in deference and respect. Without that it couldn’t survive and were we to sit idly by whilst these types of comments were broadcast by potential ‘leaders’ of the future, we would be implicitly consenting to the destruction of the Monarchy. There is a time and a place for debate about the future of the Monarchy but the personal should always be left out of the political and the ironic thing is that this man has probably done more damage to the Republican cause than good as he looks like a discourteous, deceitful so and so making an unprovoked, petty and personal attack on a lovely little old lady lol.

  6. naive or idealistic? Personally it sickens me just us much when the gutter press leap upon Tory boys who’ve had the misfortune to be overheard telling a less than PC joke, or something like that. The holier-than-thou attacks launched are always far from proportionate, and the level of partisan bitchery often seem to be completely beyond and above the relatively trivial initial non-event.

    @Dan O’D – yeah, fair point on the overly personal nature of his comments. I have nothing but the deepest respect and admiration for Her Majesty. It’s the institution itself which is worthy of attack, not it’s victims. So maybe us republicans could do with folk such as himself exercising some vocal discretion in future.

  7. comradenash, though I do not agree with much of what you are saying, i thank and commend you for your otherwise constructive and approachable argument.

  8. “Let us hope that his sentiments are rejected by the voters next May.”

    I really think you are giving these comments far too much credibility. I have a feeling the battle lines that will be drawn might have a little more to do with policy and nothing to do with the ravings of a Labour Student who decides to say something idiotic. But I suppose a bit of scandal is always some nice easy point scoring.

  9. @Daniel Cole – That’s actually very sweet of you, thanks :) Call me a soppy old git but that’s made my day.

    @chrisblewitt – maybe… but maybe not. I have a rave tendancy from time to time. Gordon must have exiled me to the colonies in an election year for something…

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