John Prescott when asked for his thoughts on Chuka Umunna:
“They can call him Chumbawamba.”
Before Miliband spoke, a school choir sang ‘Fix You’ by Coldplay. The first verse of which goes like this:
“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse”
Diane Abbott on the Daily Politics:
“Labour MPs will unite behind Ed Miliband, once we find out what our policies are.”
Gyles Brandreth writes in his memoirs:
“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.”
Alex Salmond on Cameron, Clegg and Ed’s visit to Scotland today:
“If I thought they were coming by bus I’d send the bus fare”
Alex Salmond on reneging on debt jokes:
“What are they going to do, invade?”
Peak Roger Lord:
“Douglas Carswell is Nigel’s bitch; he will perpetually be picking up the political equivalent of prison soap”
Hugo Rifkind in the Times:
“Something is different now. Antisemitism has always spiked when Israel deploys the Israeli Defence Force, but this time the ire is not confined to Israelis. Instead, far more than before, protesters are using, and twisting, the word “Zionists”.[…] Read the rest