Sunday, 31 January 2010

Hen's teeth

I like Clare Short. Honest politicians are few and far between. Her views of Tony Blair's appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry are worth hearing, as are her recollections from inside the Cabinet. When someone is honest, even if you disagree with them, at least you can have a proper debate, rather than a rhetorical point-scoring contest.

Clare Short reminds me of what Labour meant in my family. Not the control-freak social engineering of Fabianism; just ordinary people sticking together against the rich bastards. No doubt this instinct of self-preservation through solidarity has been exploited and harnessed in negative ways, but it is not wholly unjustified.

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