Quotations of the Week
Don’t look over here. Look over there, at my colleague Simon Carr, whose account of one of those 6.30pm meetings that take place in and around the Palace of Westminster every day manages to encapsulate all of Labour’s deepest problems at once.
Some choice quotations:
Ed Miliband is trying to relitigate the past. (Tim Bale, professor of politics, Sussex University.)
It was possible in the past to win an election with a leader seen as a negative, but not any more. (Ditto.)
Conservatives aren’t there to malevolently do down the British people. It is actually trying to do the best for most people and to say the opposite lacks plausibility. You may disagree with them – and I do – but don’t dismiss them as being evil. (Jenni Russell, The Guardian.)
We haven’t torn ourselves to pieces, but there is a calm of the graveyard about us. (Nick Raynsford, Labour MP for Greenwich.)
People don’t turn left in hard times. They want to hang on to what they’ve got. Talk of equality makes them think things they have will be taken away from them. (Jenni Russell again.)
And finally, not in Carr’s report, today’s quotation of the day from Len McCluskey (pictured), leader of the Unite union, which secured the election of the Labour leader against the wishes of Labour MPs and party members:
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