Translations please

John Rentoul

transl2 300x246 Translations pleaseEd Miliband in a speech in Scotland:

Back in the 1970s, it was clear the country needed a new way of doing things – a new settlement – and so too today. The old way of running our economy just doesn’t work any more: deregulation; the dominance of finance over industry; allowing large private-sector vested interests to flourish; government getting out of the way in the economy; the promise that the majority would always do well from an in-it-for-yourself, laissez faire, deregulated economy just isn’t working for most working people.

Ed Miliband in an interview on the Shifting Grounds website:

I now see clearly what the pieces of this are. It’s about a proper skills system, a proper banking system, an industrial policy, tackling short-termism, infrastructure. It’s about a suite of things, some of which they have in parts of the continent, some of which they have in parts of Scandinavia, that come together and form a body of ideas around responsible capitalism. I think it’s absolutely where the public is.

People sometimes say that I’m too interested in ideas, predistribution and all those sort of wonky things. Of course you’ve got to make the ideas mean something at the kitchen table, but getting the ideas right, the intellectual foundations, is absolutely crucial. And they’re particularly crucial in tough times. It’s easier in good times. But in tough times you’ve got to have a robust sense of where you stand.

Am I allowed to use the word “despair”?

Update: Best translation offered so far, by Phil Lee and fittingly in the third person:

He has a very vague idea he wants to do something and that some countries already do it, but can’t quite put his finger on it.

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  • PurbeckPashmina

    Better to decry islamofascists and the Irish groups for any restrictions. We Brits are funny about being bombed. You’re the soldier, surely you can find out such info.

  • Pacificweather

    I had forgotten about Militant. They were instrumental in the national battle against the poll tax. Did they keep Labour out of power or was it the lack of charisma of Neil Kinnock? The right wing press loved them so I think on balance you may be right. Entryism was not particularly successful in France either.

  • PurbeckPashmina

    The Poll Tax was stopped by Tory matrons who demonstrated against it convincing Tory MPs they’d lose the next election.

  • Pacificweather

    You are definitely right about that. My right wing Tory friend protested and refused to pay until the Magistrate threatened to put her in prison at which point she paid up but she made an unholy stink about it in the party.

  • True_Belle

    Yes, should have retained the fairest tax idea to come out of the Tory mind… adapted and abridged!!

  • PurbeckPashmina

    The bog trotter tax?

  • True_Belle

    Are you that blinking phantom raspberry blower?

  • PurbeckPashmina

    I refer you to your preferred tax. As twas so fair best you hurry to your civic centre to pay it.

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