Rock On Tommy
Politaholic is pleased at the Tommy Sheridan verdict. I don't doubt that Tommy has a "massive ego" and is probably unbearable at times (then again, I guess the same could have been said of Jimmy Maxton and James Larkin) and I have absolutely no idea what he gets up to in his private life. The nature of the quarrel with his former comrades in the Scottish Socialist Party is likewise a mystery to me; but such quarrels are endemic on the far-left. Nevertheless, the testimony of what used to be called a "good-time-girl" who is on the News of World payroll (£20,000 apparently) does not seem to me to be worth a hill of beans, and much the same could be said about NoW executives. Tommy stands for old-fashioned socialist values and (even if he is sometimes wrong-headed or simplistic) good for him. He gives half his £50,000 salary to his party. He has a personality: which is more than can be said of Hoon, Darling, Blears, etc. The News of the World on the other hand is a degenerate and disgusting rag, much like the Sun (I remember it used to be said: "Only the scum read the Sun"). If I were a juror I would have had no trouble deciding whom to believe.