Caroline Flint, the humourless harridan-cum-bimbo, Blair groupie and former Health Minister, has been appointed Gauleiter for Yorkshire and Humber. The formal title is Minister of State and Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber, but I bet she is getting herself some fetching black boots and toying with the idea of collar tabs with red facings and gold piping.
A Gauleiter, for those educated under Tony Blair, was the political head of a Reichsgau, one of 43 administrative areas of Nazi Germany similar to a shire – like Yorkshire and the Humber for example. Theoretically, a Gauleiter was just the Nazi party co-ordinator for their Gau, but their practical power was very much greater. The role was expressly aimed at influencing ideological and political thought and was backed both by direct authority of the Fuhrer and by the availability of sufficient force to impose that ideology if the locals proved unreceptive.
“We are really focusing on understanding better why it is that, despite all the information and advice, why it is that some people have that information and use it and some people do not”. Was this Joseph Goebbels, Gauleiter of Berlin or Julius Streicher, Gauleiter of Franken, lamenting the slow take-up of party membership, or was it Caroline Flint as Health Minister, patronisingly shocked that people ignored her advice? Could be any of them really.
One can understand why Gordon Brown had to put Ms Flint in his ministry of all the, er, people you’ve never heard of. You can understand also why he sent her to Yorkshire, Caithness being beyond his remit and Cornwall not really warranting a Gauleiter of its own. Bullying people whilst wearing a sour expression is his job, and if he wants a deputy for that in London, he has got Yvette Cooper.
What, though, will Yorkshire think of being sent some dim totty from the south to tell them what is good for them? The North-East has the highest proportion of smokers in the country. The woman who has just done them out of the pleasure of smoking in the pub should be made welcome in true Yorkshire fashion.