Wednesday, April 14, 2010
In defense of Dude
I feel I must jump to the defense of my good friend Dude who has been unfairly slandered by soon to be ex councillor Baldock.
Dude has been accused of being a misogynist, as a liberated female dog (I object to the official term) this is not something I would stand for in any friend of mine.
So I spent some time looking back through Dude's posts to see if there was any truth to this accusation.
But first, Cllr Baldock's ridiculous accusation:
I can't find a single derogatory personal comment by Dude about Louise, Jane Kennedy or Luciana, and where unflattering photos have been used, they are actually photos that these three have put on their own websites. If they are that derogatory, why did you use them?
Has Dude taken the micky out of them? Well yes, it's a satirical blog. But if anything the only humans who have been the victims of derogatory comments about how they look have been men, particularly Joe Anderson and Sion Simon.
Have these three been particular targets? Well they have made themselves so.
Louise, if you write a vile blog abusing your opponents and calling them bast*rds, you are painting a large target on yourself.
Jane Kennedy's record as an MP was certainly nothing to be proud of, and Dude did a brilliant job exposing her expenses.
And Luciana Bating has become a popular sport in Liverpool amongst Journalists, politicians and the general public. She has been the greatest gift to any satirical dog.
All three are legitimate targets, and I can find no example of Dude overstepping the mark with them.
I know Dude is a big (small) dog and can look after himself. But he is a canine gentleman who is alway respectful towards females and I know that he finds such accusations hurtful.
I know many in the local Labour ranks are major fans of Dude, including at least one soon to be MP who has confessed to several Lib Dems how much he enjoys this blog.
After such a long fight to establish women in politics and demanding a right to be treated equally, it is demeaning to claim sexism ever time you are given a rough time.
Louise, you have lost the respect I had for you as a woman in politics.