June 30th, 2013

Quote of the Day

Kim Howells, former MP and NUM official, tells The World This Weekend that the Labour Party must break the union link…

“I think this threatens the whole reputation of the Labour Party. The Labour Party has got be seen to be above special interest politics. It’s no good any more assuming that ‘Well, the British People at large are going to be broadly sympathetic to the Trades Union movement therefore it doesn’t really matter.’ It does matter. It’s got to be seen to be a party that represents everyone. As society changes more quickly now than it has ever changed. The ‘Old Order’ is rapidly dissolving… Oh it’ll be a gift to the, to the Tories and the Lib Dems and the rest who want to see Labour defeated obviously, and kept out of government. But remember there are a lot of people inside the Labour movement who hate being in government because it means making very difficult decisions. They’d rather be a Ginger group outside. They’d rather be calling for what we used to refer to as “impossibleism” because it sounded good and it fitted their rhetoric. It’s a nonsense of course. And if Labour’s going to win the another General election and win cleanly then it’s got to change its constitution and its way of selecting candidates.”


  1. 1
    Ed Miliband says:

    I agree entirely. Just don’t tell anyone.


    • 15
      Pundit Too says:

      They should just learn from what is happening in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood.
      Will they learn or change? No – as they have lost the reforming zeal but not the “I am in Power” zeal.


  2. 2
    Tosspot says:

    Non Union UKIP.


  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Good luck with that. Labour are near-bankrupt and desperate for cash.

    If that’s not bad enough, remember many of their MPs are union stooges and Ed Miliband owes his job to the union block vote!


  4. 4
    the poor bloody tax-payer says:

    its a well-worked theme – and it doesn’t allow for those who still see the end justifying the means


  5. 5
    Village Idiot says:

    …..I think the “Stones”were brilliant…I saw them in ’86.Bristol?


    • 8
      Colour Sgt. Bourne says:

      Is that before they moved them to Salisbury?


    • 16
      Just Saying says:

      Bunch of very ugly geriatrics trying to relive the past.
      BBC radio 4 had John Humphries salivating over Mick Jagger. Sad really.


  6. 6
    Timmy Tin Foil says:

    Overton Window– discuss that which will never happen, in order to move the debate, and get everyone to agree that the current state of affairs is untenable: “Well, we can’t do A, but we CAN do B, and God knows something needs to be done!” When it’s the other side doing it, it’s “creeping [whatever]-ism,” and when your side does it, it’s “incremental change.”



  7. 7
    bencorde says:

    It’ll go broke then. Can’t see your average Labour voter putting his hands in his pockets.


  8. 9
    John Tandy says:

    Will never happen….


  9. 10
    Labour policy that lines the pockets of Mandelson and B.liarites. says:

    Party must break the union

    The Labour Party must break with Mandelscum too. The türd is happy to dictate Labour’s policy on Europe for his own enrichment. This is simply unacceptable. Time for the Labour Party to purge itself of all its self serving morons. Maybe then it will be electable and accountable to the electorate. As it should be!


    • 11
      Labour policy that lines the pockets of Mandelson and B.liarites. says:

      I forgot to add that B.liar is sticking his ore in and pulling the strings in the Labour Party. Who is running Ed Miliblunder’s Party? The Unions or the self serving Bliarites? It is certainly not Ed.


  10. 12
    The Ed Milibland Show. says:

    Kim Howells added: “There are many people
    within the trade union movement
    who feel ‘Listen, if we pay the
    piper we’re going to try and call the
    tune.’ And it’s the politics of Labour
    – it’s always been there.”

    Absolutely true but Labour has a further problem with their unelectable B.liarite tribe that is still embedded in the Labour Party. Maybe Ed should change the name of the Party to the Old Leper Party, no one with an ounce of intelligence or intergrity would touch Labour with barge pole. Well dodgy!


  11. 13
    Ed BallsUp says:

    Don’t forget that sinking pile of steaming shit! The Co-operative Party.

    What a bunch of losers Labour have become. The Union of Mentalist & no hopers, the evil B.liarite Tribe and the sunk Co-operative Party. Jeez! What a shower?

    But hey vote Ed Balls and totally sink the economy & be done with it. Welcome to third class politics for a soon to be a third class country.


  12. 14
    Ed Militwit says:

    The Sthlabour party is working hard to define itsthself and itsth muddle class policies. In the words of Winston Thatcher, society is made up of beaches and we are all at sthea when it comesth to defining ourselvesth in the Slabour Party.

    So sthod off the lot of you. It’sth my party and I will run it asth I sthee fit. He who donatesth the mosth winsth!


    • 17
      Dis United is the future says:

      Unbelievable what tripe is written on this blog.
      WE pay the Labour Party and thus WE ARE the Labour Party.
      Without us they would be even deeper in debt than they made this country after 13 years.
      Ed Balls and Milliband can’t manage their own accounts let alone the Party’s.


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“Sunday, May 10, 1998

Early start: appearing on Breakfast With Frost, to be broadcast from 11 Downing Street. The Chancellor [Gordon Brown] is grouchily amiable, but so earnest — and still biting his fingernails to the quick.

After the show, he took us upstairs to his flat. He lives above No 10, while Blair and family are in the No 11 duplex, which is bigger and more like a proper house.

I was intrigued that, when he took us into his bedroom, the Chancellor rather ostentatiously opened the built-in wardrobes, as if he wanted us to see the women’s frocks that were hanging in there.

They looked quite large, but I don’t think they belong to Gordon. I assume they belong to his girlfriend [Sarah Macaulay, who he later married].

I presume he was keen for us to know that he has one — and that she’s not a ‘beard’. I don’t think he does anything without calculation.”

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