Even the BBC were impressed with Hazel Blears turn of phrase;
So when Hazel Blears said “YouTube if you want to”, but traditional methods were best, she both coined a catchy phrase and risked publicly contradicting her boss.
However, she quite obviously did not “coin a catchy phrase” she just played upon the words of Margaret Thatcher in her famous quote:
“To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only this to say, ‘You turn if you want; the lady’s not for turning.’”
– Margaret Thatcher
Now poor Hazel is facing a bit of a problem, when in the one breath she denounces Gordon Brown’s YouTube policy announcement, and in the next breath she claims to support her dear leader 100%. Sounds like a u-turn to me, even if it isn’t on YouTube! Thirty years on from when Thatcher came to power following a winter of discontent and a decade of Labour mismanagement leaving the county with 2 million plus unemploted it seems like Hazel picked her words a touch poorly. Here we are again in economic turmoil, with a conflicted Labour government lacking clear leadership, scrabbling at policies and u-turning so quickly that they must be getting dizzy. Unemployment is nearing record levels, and the next general election seems pretty predictable at this stage…
So Hazel, nice to see you know your political history, but don’t expect too much from misquoting Maggie! “YouTube if you want to; the lady’s not for tubing” doesn’t have the same ring to it, makes you sound like a failed extreme sports competitor!
Oh, and while you criticise the PM’s YouTube message, don’t forget your own political career is hanging on the debacle of the Eco Towns!