Calling Angela Rayner ‘Lauren Cooper’ Is Yet Another Joke At the Expense of All Working-Class Women

Lauren Alesha Masheka Tanesha Felicia Jane Cooper (fictional character in The Catherine Tate Show)

‘We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolute pile… of banana republic… Etonian… piece of scum…’

Angela Rayner has form for using appalling vituperative language to delight the most rabid far-Left activists.

In 2019, seat after seat that had been solidly Labour for generations — the so-called ‘red wall’ — fell to the Tories. By clear implication, then, Mrs Rayner believes that former Labour voters in those seats are ‘scum’

“What a relief it must be for Blair to get out of England. It is said that the Queen has come to love the Commonwealth, partly because it supplies her with regular cheering crowds of flag-waving piccaninnies.”

“it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes … If a constituent came to my MP’s surgery with her face obscured, I should feel fully entitled — like Jack Straw — to ask her to remove it so that I could talk to her properly. If a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber then ditto: those in authority should be allowed to converse openly with those that they are being asked to instruct. As for individual businesses or branches of government — they should of course be able to enforce a dress code that enables their employees to interact with customers; and that means human beings must be able to see each other’s faces and read their expressions. It’s how we work.”

Firebrands have their place in politics, yet neither Prescott nor female pioneers like Barbara Castle would have been crass enough to refer to the very people they need to win over as “scum”. By emphasising the rough, Rayner risks losing sight of the diamond … Even the “excuse” that Rayner’s words were spoken in drink, however, only plays up to the cliché of a sweary working-class northerner satirised with relish by BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers team.

I’m no fashionista, on ladies’ fashion especially, but she doesn’t conduct herself well. If you want to be in power, you can’t be walking around in big, stompy boots and flowery tops — you’re supposed to look respectable. But she’s looking like an old northern fishwife.

If you’re going to smoke and you’re in that sort of position, don’t get caught doing it while there’s paparazzi outside.

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