January 13th, 2014

Bad Al: ‘One Nation’ Means Nothing

Simon Danczuk being mean about Miliband’s flagship One Nation slogan is one thing, now it seems Ed’s special phone-a-friend Alastair Campbell thinks it’s a load of rubbish as well. Bad Al tells the Fabian Society this afternoon:

“One Nation Labour worked last year for Ed’s speech but it wasn’t followed through with hard-hitting policy. One Nation is not established. It means to the public whatever the public wants it to mean.”

In other words, nothing. 


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    Or nothing the public wants?

  2. 2
    Adolf Hitler says:

    Oh I would no be so quick to say it means Nothing. It worked for me.

  3. 3
    A Slogan a day Keeps the voters away says:

    I thought their new slogan was #CostofCameron. Or is that yesterday’s already?

  4. 4
    A Maimed Badger says:

    One Nation, 200 Languages, 200 different Cultures, 200 Different Sets of Values, 200 Politicians without a clue of what it is all about.

  5. 5
    Tin foil top hat says:

    Why are the Fabians still allowed to retain their freedom?

  6. 6
    ancientpopeye says:

    This clown Milliband even makes Cameron and Clegg look good.

  7. 7
    Jimmy says:

    Power has only one duty: to secure the social welfare of the People.

  8. 8
    The Labour Party says:

    An incoming Labour government will freeze the number of slogans for 20 months.

  9. 9
    Blondi the dog says:

    It did not work for me.

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    If you rely on Harriet Harman for your wellbeing, you're going to be disappointed. says:

    Or the people could just take out insurance.

    Or save.

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    Some people more than others.

  12. 12
    Gooey Blob says:

    Very surprised Ed’s still where he is, I’d have thought he’d be gone by now. Labour really are sleepwalking towards a catastrophe while he’s leading the party. Wonder how many of them realise that A 6-point lead at this stage in the political cycle will translate into perhaps 220 seats in 16 months?

  13. 13
    I hate Cameron says:

    If it wasn’t for Miliband, Cameron would be so toast it would be unbelievable.

    Good news for Cameron, pretty shitty news for us.

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    Can we have an enquiry please on Ed’s naff slogans?

  15. 15
    the left will lose says:

    Class war twat.

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    Jimmy says:

    In great cities men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of co-operation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for all the rest they are careless of neighbours. Christianity teaches us to love our neighbour as ourself; modern society acknowledges no neighbour.

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    Ian Smith says:

    Universal Credit will be delivered on time and on budget.

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    retardEd Miliband says:

    Cotht of living cwithith.

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    Go back down your hole James says:

    No that is only in a communist state. In a democracy the Welfare lifts up the week and carries the lame, the rest are allowed to make a life free of the state and generate the wealth that pays for the critical welfare.

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    oldboy says:

    The only ‘duty’ of those in power is to remain in power.

    Politicians pursue power for its own sake. If they were actually trying to secure the social welfare of the people then they couldn’t possibly have screwed up so badly. It simply isn’t credible that Blair and Brown could so spectacularly destroy the economy if they were actually trying to do the right thing.

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    Shooty* says:

    It clearly means One Nation Under Allah, and will therefore appeal to their target demographic.

  22. 22
    Anon says:

    “modern society acknowledges no neighbour”

    I can’t help but acknowledge *my* neighbours, what with all the f*cking noise they make.

    Bloody social housing.

  23. 23
    Billy Hague says:

    New Labour, New Danger.

    You all laughed at the time. But I was right.

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    Rickytshirt says:

    “One Nation is not established. It means to the public whatever the public wants it to mean.”

    For it means Ed Millibland is a vacuous, shit-for-brains, odious, little prick. I think that is an accurate interpretation of the sentiment behind the slogan.

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    Jimmy Hill says:

    One nation ?

    My arse !

  26. 26
    Big girls blouse says:

    Should be Tar-Nation now it’s full throttle on Fracking!

  27. 27
    Modbot 2000 says:

    TaT’s back.
    The Schizoid kid.

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    Who'd a thunk it? says:

    You interested in Christianity then Jimmy?

  29. 29
    Jimmy says:

    To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.

  30. 30
    Northern Light says:

    I wish the current Coalition would all blinking well migrate somewhere and stop using their time in government to enrich the already rich and viciously remove the last vestiges of support for the poor.

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    Benjamin Disraeli says:

    Somebody’s half-inched my slogan.

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    The Earl of Beaconsfield also said: There is no community in England; there is aggregation, but aggregation under circumstances which make it rather a dissociating, than an uniting, principle.

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    Jimmy says:

    Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws: the rich and the poor.

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    Ed Moribund says:

    Have you seen the price of things! Some of them are more expensive than they used to be!

    [ I shall use this line in all the old peoples homes I visit. There’s nothing a granny likes more than talking about how much things used to cost. Eating up that core Tory vote]

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    My two penneth says:

    The welfare we have now creates dependents and encourages sloth and indolence, deliberately so.

    The strong should protect the weak, but the hard-working should not be extorted of their wages to provide for the feckless.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    “hallelujah were heading for the promised land”

  37. 37
    Tachybaptus says:

    I do wonder when the Tory government are going to clamp down on tax avoiders and evaders? UKIP have very little to say on the impact of the type of immigration. Then again Farage has been found avoiding taxes too

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    Legend in his own living room says:

    If that’s true then you must be one of the most knowledgeable people you know.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Every nation laughs at Ed Miliband

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    Ed Moribund says:

    Well its better than Gordon’s.

    Don’t let him take Britain back to the 1980s – 2010 Labour poster attacking Conservative leader, David Cameron. Anyone remember it? No..because it was terrible.

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    getcha meaningless empty slogans 'ere says:

    It’s window-licking good!

  42. 42
    Meytal Cohen says:

    Has Jimmy become The Young Duke?

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    Jimmy says:

    When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 4:32 The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 4:33 With great power, the apostles gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. Great grace was on them all. 4:34 For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 4:35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. 4:36 Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, 4:37 having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

    [acts iv:31-37]

  44. 44
    Mr Potato Head says:

    Without the desire of gain of people like Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Ford, JP Morgan etc, Americans would be as poverty stricken as most Russians and Chinese are today. But then poverty is the desire of socialists.

  45. 45
    Afghani Alfonse II says:

    Which people?

  46. 46
    Jimmy says:

    The Egremonts had never said anything that was remembered, or done anything that could be recalled.

  47. 47
    Ed Moribund says:

    ….And lightbulbs1 Where are the old style, plug in and see immediately lightbulbs? Nowhere! Its all eco 10w, dim bulbs..

    Its a cost of seeing crisis!

  48. 48
    Meytal Cohen says:

    ..no intercourse... Unlike France. Or Hollande.

  49. 49
    Tony B£lair says:

    Not the people of Iraq though

    no wot i meen

  50. 50
    momome says:

    Do piss off fake Jimmy.

  51. 51
    Paul Klee says:

    fuck me, have you seen the price of paint brushes ?

  52. 52
    Our Land? Since when was Islam a country? says:

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    Meytal Cohen says:

    Jimmy’s spirit is probably less holy.

  54. 54
    Ed Moribund says:

    I went online to buy a gramophone. in !949 it was £15/6d.
    Today they are over £600!

    Its a cost of listening crisis!

  55. 55
    Ed Moribund says:

    Seems a nice sort of chap. Give him double bennies for inclusiveness.

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    Or nothing the public wants? says:

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    Socialism is like gayness, a mental illness says:

    Why not try and think of something to post that you yourself have discovered, instead of regurgitating stuff others have written?

  58. 58
    Jimmy Hill says:

    Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent.

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    Mr Potato Head says:

    Labour had very little to say about tax avoidance when they were in power. Tony Blair amassed millions and paid little tax. Gordon Brown was singing the praises of Lehman Brothers ten days before they went bust.

    Labour did sod all about most things when they were in power, including phone hacking, bankers bonuses, Libor rigging, NHS neglect, energy provision, profiteering by wind-power companies – the list is endless.

  60. 60
    altruism in industry says:

    what you want is those newfangled LED lights

  61. 61
    Her Lad was a lucky sod. Going away to school. says:

    Talk about artistic Licence.

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    Abdus Sattar Ghauri says:

    Has he read his Tawrat?

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    Moon worshipers are mental snd should be deported forthwith says:

    If Israel didn’t exist before 1948, of which kingdom was King Solomon and King David the sovereign?

  64. 64
    Jimmy says:

    I think the author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.

  65. 65
    Mr Potato Head says:

    ‘Our’ land? Choudary is British. Does that mean Britain owns all Israeli territory?

    I thought it was actually Turkish land as they occupied it for many years before WW2.

  66. 66
    Jimmy says:

    Ignorance never settles a question.

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    FFS says:

    £2000 to do the painting and £9000 for the cost of desperately trying to work out how to put the ugly minger on canvas without it looking too ghastly.

    The artist succumbed to the inevitable in the end.

  68. 68
    Ed Moribund says:

    Have you seen my make Frankie Hollande ? He’s shagging a film star!
    Its a cock of giving one crisis

  69. 69
    Mr Potato Head says:

    And whose land was it when the Romans invaded?

  70. 70
    Ed Milibrandt says:

    It was mostly the cost of the paint. And the XXXL canvas size.

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    Cabbage says:

    Well the Milliband family are certainly no strangers to minimising their tax contributions with alledged clever use of inheritance tax wheezes by their father (in true Marxist fashion naturally). But then the likes of Milliband & Cameron are devout high taxers of eevryone else so their hypcrasy shouldn’t be surprising.

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    key voter graphic for new-old labour says:

    Erm… was it Mexico?

  74. 74


    And the concept of gain is not zero sum. The socialists do not accept it is even as good as that but the fact is it is much greater.

  75. 75
    Ed Moribund says:

    Ed Balls

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    Name one occasion when sociallism has worked says:

    I think you should think for yourself, and stop trying to impress by quoting obscure persons whose opinions are as irrelevant as yor own.

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    Gooey Blob says:

    If you constantly tell people that it’s okay to begrudge the rich what they’ve worked hard for, they will conclude that it’s equally okay to also begrudge those claiming benefits.

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    Pharaoh at the bottom of the garden says:


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    The real question is: where should she be hung?

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    Auntie Semmight says:

    Of course a Joo would talk about disassociation rather than uniting.

  81. 81
    Ofsted Inspector says:

    Close enough, A* for Geography.

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    An awful lot in common with the Labour Party then, it seems.

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    FFS says:

    Um, yeah but Christianity also teaches us not to give a passing thought to complete wasters.

    Love thy neighbour as thyself – sure, but I don’t actually expect my neighbour to EVER pay my mortage/food bills/energy bills/etc. so why should he expect the same in return?

    Christianity is about the self and only the self. Christianity points out we die alone. Christians do not go to heaven as one big community where the rotten apples get a free ride through the pearly gates because the rest of the community has scored enough points with St Peter to make up for them.

    Christianity teaches that the act of giving must be an act of free will – if your government forces you to pay up it is not an act of charity. The government forcing you to pay for things you don’t want to pay for is an offence against the 7th commandment. In any case the act of giving is secondary to the act of disposing of surplus wealth – simply putting all your surplus wealth in a pile and setting fire to it will make you a better Christian since you will cease to be distracted from your spiritual life by the aquisition of yet more wealth.

    Basically, stop using Christianity to support socialism. It doesn’t hold any water.

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    I sicked a little bit in my mouth says:

    By the neck, preferably

  85. 85
    IJwatch says:

    Has Jimmy turned into IgonikonJack or has he always been such a mong?

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    Jimmy says:

    If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.

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    If you are talking of Benjamin, then afraid you have your facts wrong.

    He was of Jеwish birth but was not actually subject to any influence in the faith. Whilst still a child, he was baptised.

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    Professor Plum says:

    Remember that cruise ship that run aground and the eyetie cap’n buggered orf before the passengers?

    It’s a Costa Concordia crisis!

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    Mr Dromney says:

    I’d nail that so hard. I bet she’s got a BBC hidden somewhere under that gunt.

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    the one show says:

    200 religions, 200 sects, 4 (+1) international football teams…

    how about “one EU supranational government state”

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    Right Full Rudder says:

    Unfortunately the one nation he wants, along with Cameron and Clegg, is the United States of Europe. Stretching from the Atlantic to the Urals.

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    Most rich people got their riches in dubious fashion says:

    I don’t begrudge hard working people their riches. I begrudge exploitative bastards their riches, and I despise a system where a man can work a 50 hr week and still be poor.

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    You don't have to be a cunt to work here - but it helps says:

    As if anyone gives a shit what Alky Al thinks.

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    It's a fact says:

    Israel as a nation came into being around 3000 years ago.

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    Tachybaptus says:

    Ergo – Muslims ‘occupy’ our land

  96. 96

    Hedjet, Deshret, Vulture or Uraeus? If that is not too personal a question?

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    Jimmy says:

    You may be getting confused with scientology.

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    oldboy says:

    So we’re agreed. The primary purpose of being in power is to remain in power. You can claim to be doing it for the greater glory of God. Or by divine right. Or to preserve the revolution. Or to secure the social welfare of the people. But it’s all a load of bollocks. In the end it comes down to power for its own sake.

    And don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

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    Even the pope says:

    Show me just what Mohamed brought that was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman

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    Nocturnal Emissions says:

    If you are not Jimmy, a period of silence would be most welcome.

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    Samuel Johnson says:

    The real Jimmy, whilst misguided, is much more intelligent than this. ;-)

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    Krewella says:

    You are just confused.

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    Anonymous says:

    I bet hers was the most expensive I mean it will be like painting the Fourth Road Bridge

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    Niall Eastick-Tendencies says:

    Al Dodgeer proves that manic depression is contagious.

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    FFS says:

    Jesus and money:

    Matthew 6:19

    Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    Matthew 6:24

    No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Money.

    Jesus and “wasters”: Matthew 25:14-30 Parable of the Talents

    So endeth the lesson for today. My normal secular self will resume as soon as possible.

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    Anonymous says:

    Jenson Buttons father has died suddenly of a heart attack. A great man who raised a great son. He will be missed.

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    General Pinochet says:

    Back in Chile….in the good old days – there was only ‘one nation’…….anyone who disagreed disappeared!

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    Skeptical Voter says:

    But we will have already had a massive pre-emptive increase in slogans before the slogan freeze. Do Labour Think We Are Idiots?*

    *Anybody that wants it can have that slogan for free…..

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    Airey Belvoir says:

    If it was billed by the square foot, quite a reasonable charge.

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    Fish says:

    Isn’t that, that Reg bloke who is a regular on HIGNFY

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    SpinAl Damage says:

    One Dumb Nation and three devolved nations! Fact!

  112. 112
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Wunashuon! Wunashon! Wunashon! Wunashon! Wunashon!

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    Nemesis says:

    I know a good one let’s call it, “We’re all in it together”.

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    Raptor says:

    Alastair Campbell rubbishes Miliband’s “One Nation” slogan.

    Presumably this is the same Alastair Campbell who came up with the slogan: “New Labour is nothing less than the political arm of the British people as a whole.”

    And we all know how that worked out.

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    Ed the Eunuch says:

    I workedth thard on the one dumb nation tripe! I willth continue to fight the evils of capitalisthm and I will cut everyone’s energy bill by ensuring they only get energy three days a week from those disgruntled evil energy capitaliths! Power cuts = reduction in energy bills! Everyone is happy and the environment is saved from destruction.

    Where’s my NoBalls peaceth pwize?

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    sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says says:

    Viva Augusto

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    sunderland is a Labour ghetto thats why its shyte says says:

    Unlike us soft fuckers the Israelis know how to treat Muslims like Chaudry,Sharia will come soon my arse in your dreams sonny boy

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    Ed the Eunuch says:

    Dodgy Dossier.

    New Deal? Noel Edmunds idea? For a money for nothing Cultcha?

    Labour Spin is unethically sound!

  119. 119
    Ed the Eunuch says:

    When I post Oona C*kehead King pops up on radar? Why? Can’t stand the Labour arse licking bint!

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    Its Not That I Hate You. It's Just That I Love To Hurt You says:

    £11,000 quid. They were painting the outside of her?

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    paint'n'dec says:

    Like the Forth bridge, they’ll have to start all over again next week.

  122. 122
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Is that Piltdown Man?

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    Old Codger says:

    Can we have a refund please?

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    owen jones says:

    can’t we just all talk it over like grown ups over a bacon sandwich

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    banksy says:

    looks like someone took a shit on a canvas

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    Anonymous says:

    Is it just me or is Ed looking more and more like Doddy as time goes by?

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    General Pinochet says:

    Si………..Augusto say Viva Farage, viva UKIP, viva la revolution, hasta la victoria siempre UKIP etc & so on!

    Back in Chile, the peasants would have been much better off with senor Farage…..e look after working mans wage & make all bad guys disappear!

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    UKIP says:

    I wish Farage would do a Pinochet.
    I get dibs on making Tony Blair disappear.

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    bloke says:

    She’s no oil painting.

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    Llareggub says:

    An electoral choice between the unwinnable and the unelectable. What a marvellous democracy we have!

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    Llareggub says:

    No, the duty of power is to uphold the constitutional rights of the People. Something our governments have been bloody awful at doing as of late.

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    (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

    Or even the first 3 road bridges?

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