One Nation Labour would look after the rich
Philip Collins has a superb column in The Times today (pay wall), which dismantles Ed Miliband’s attempt to substitute a slogan for policy making:
One Nation has a clear meaning in its original Conservative incarnation. To be a One Nation Tory was a retort to the suspicion that, in the battle between the two nations of the rich and the poor that Disraeli identified in Coningsby, most Tories sided with the wealthy. Unless Mr Miliband wants to reassure the electorate that, in his crusade to help the poor, he will be sure to look after the rich, the original meaning does not cross over.
Collins might be talking about the Labour leader’s speech and interview yesterday when he says:
Poetry was once defined as getting a lot said, quickly. Left-wing thought is precisely the opposite. Nothing said, slowly.
And he concludes:
The problem is not the choice of phrase. I like One Nation. It’s exactly the right number of nations. The problem is that the demand for big ideas is triviality dressed as profundity.
Photograph via Robert Philpot, Progress magazineTagged in: ed miliband, labour party, philip collins
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