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Peter Hain 'getting down wiv ver kids'

The Hainster is making mockery of him so much easier by listing his civilian interests on the sundry new media websites associated with his deputy leadership bid:

First up, his youtube site: This currently boasts five fairly antique videos (the most recent is a month old), and has attracted a grand total of 28 channel views. I decided I could not be bothered to view them.

He claims his favourite bands are the Manic Street Preachers, the Stereophonics and Snow Patrol. All are associated with the Celtic fringe, so he is doing his bit to show his interest in the popular culture of the areas he is commissar Secretary of State for. Uh huh. Anyone who can offer up some embarassing lyrics by any of those bands will earn my undying gratitude. We can also surmise that he has neither a dish nor cable, as his only unmissable TV programme is Match of the Day.

Flickr is also quite entertaining, and could be titled 'Photos of famous people who have met me', including rather awkward looking royals and sundry sports people. I also like 'Busy Working' (just a bit staged), and class traitor that he is, he appears to be sitting in a first class railway carriage.

His MySpace page is private, the blighter.

There is no direct link to his Facebook page, but a search brings up a site dealing with a meeting at the LSE last year, and Peter Hain for Deputy, which is categorised as 'humour'. In order to see anything on Facebook registration is required, but I feel it would be selfish not to share this photo with non-registrants:

Among the 16 'members' of his group is someone who is using a 'Blears for Deputy' badge as her icon...

Back at the main page, he finds time to mention any number of his adventures, but not his one time presidency of the Young Liberals. He confesses to being a Chelseas supporter, but it took him until he was 15 to work that one out. Bit of a late developer, I would say, or else a turncoat, as boys choose a team at about five. Further digging shows that his conversion in 1965 happened when 'they were on course for a treble of League, FA Cup and League Cup going into the final stages of the 1964-65 season, winning the League Cup but faltering late on in the other two'. I'm sure it was all about playing style and his heartfelt connection to West London and nothing to do with silverware.

His blog is not exactly alive with comments - I can't find any. Maybe it is because of the spectacularly pompous moderation policy, featuring, inter alia, a ban on 'Comments that look like they come from someone else', so that would exclude, inter alia, Guido, Cranmer, Bienvenuti Durruti, Bhownagree and sundry other fixtures of the blog scene.

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Blogger Newmania said... 11:38 am

Great bit in Privatre Eyee about someone trying all this pretend grooviness and gettingit quite superbly wrong .

Mind you those bands to come free with a BMW so its no exactly cutting edge

( Not that I `d know much about it )  

Blogger dizzy said... 11:47 am

here you go old chap!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:53 am

Cheers Dizz.  

Anonymous this guy said... 5:29 pm

Doesn't he mention he's Sath Efrican? & his friendship with a Mr. Harris, executed by the dread Apartheid Regime?  

Anonymous this guy said... 5:32 pm

Oh he does (mention S.A.). I see he's born in Kenya, like fundamentalist atheist R. Dawkins.  

Blogger The Hitch said... 7:00 pm

I would love to know what they really are into.
I would also love to know why they think that anybody

1 ,gives a fuck if they are "groovy"

2, believes them

3, thinks that they will get some votes beacuse of the music they listen to

Blogger james higham said... 7:39 pm

Chipmunk, Chipmunk, uber alles, uber alles in den ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 10:04 pm

I think I have just created a new insult - '...has the gravitas of Hazel Blears'  

Blogger Newmania said... 10:49 pm

The gentle whimsy of Gordon Brown ?

The incandescent sincerity of David Cameron...  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:30 am

The rugged candour of Peter Hain

The unimpeachable respectabilty of Lord Levy

The rough hewn pugnacity of the millipede  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:05 am

Good work Mr N. This may merit a thread all of its very own.  

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