Hattie is very media-friendly at the moment. As well as giving the Independent interview, she was also profiled (brilliantly, by Nigel Farndale) in The Sunday Telegraph yesterday. This suggests that, as the Allies surround the Bunker and the leader's ultra-loyal sidekicks use increasingly desperate black propaganda tactics, Harman is busying herself with taking over what's left of the New Labour party.
Remember the last time Harman went on a publicity drive? Labour ended up fifth in the Henley by-election, behind the BNP and not that much ahead of "Bananaman Owen" of the Monster Raving Loony Party. (I didn't even realise they still existed. Does anyone still find them funny?)
Hardly surprising, when Harman's Equalities Bill, announced just before that by-election, allows firms to discriminate on grounds of race and sex – as long as it's against white males of course. Anti-fascist campaigners accuse the BNP of lying over ant-white discrimination in housing and benefits. I'm sure that's true, but they hardly need to, when Labour has gifted them Harman, who so effortlessly personifies a liberal elite that hates suburban Daily Mail readers and absolutely despises the poor.
Like the enemies of any powerful female politicians, Harman's detractors run the risk of being accused of sexism or misogyny, but the widespread Harmanophobia is closer to class hatred. The Minister for Women and Equality wasn't born equal. Her father was a Harley St doctor. She went to St Paul's, which in life-is-a-game-of-cards terms is like being given four aces. After a politics degree she got a job with Liberty, the human rights group which in those days used to support nut-job Marxist paedophiles (seriously. Try reading a 1970s pamphlet by the Paedophile Information Exchange). After that she walked into a safe Labour seat in Peckham, where she famously strolls around in a flak-jacket.
Right-wing commentators like yours truly drone on about the liberal elite, but Harman's family has been prominent in liberal causes for over a century. Her great-great-uncle was Joseph Chamberlain, one of her great-uncles was a Liberal MP, and a great aunt was a Victorian feminist.
I'm not dismissing them – the English side of my family were very much part of the same class: nonconformists, Liberal merchants who thought capitalism should and could help everyone, rich and poor, and that the twin engines of physical and moral improvement – by individuals and governments – would take people out of squalor and enslavement and into respectability.
Their descendants, however, steeped in university ideology, have replaced Christianity with socialism, albeit a watery version, and cling to this ideology as irrationally as their forefathers clung to their religion. Socialism is a much less dynamic and flexible belief system than Christianity, which is why they are so unwilling to change course once a system fails. They cannot understand why putting more money into the welfare state is making poverty worse, why sex education is not reducing teenage pregnancy rates, nor can they see that more equality legislation is not going to bring equality, but instead will set people apart.
The key difference between 19th- and 21st-century liberals is that, while Harman's Victorian ancestors were paper merchants and so, like the vast majority of 19th-century Liberals, had experience of the private sector, their descendants have almost no experience of capitalism, except spending its revenues, going straight from university to pressure groups to quangos and into politics. It is no wonder, then, that the last time the English people felt so distant from their ruling class our leaders spoke French.
"The Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) was a UK pro-pedophile activist group, founded in October 1974. It officially disbanded in 1984 though it was not until many years later that the Paedophile Unit finally arrested the last of its members on child pornography charges, with activist David Joy warned by his sentencing judge that his beliefs may preclude his release ever from jail.