25 Sep 2010

There's Small Choice in Rotten Apples

I wanted to find an appropriate quote for the Labour Leadership Contest with "Ed" or similar in it. I failed.

However;

"Oh, yeah. Now for the secret of schmoozing, the rapture of rap, the snap, crackle, pop of cool. Hire a secretary, boys. Now this-"
... This will be a day you'll never forget."

Ed, Edd and Eddy


Struck me as poignant.

The other that immediately came to mind is

"There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man.


What greater grief than the loss of one's native land."
Medea,Euripides


or

"There's small choice in rotten apples"

Taming of the Shrew


The leadership battle was tight, and the media is already squeezing the leader with comments thinly veiled as challenges that Ed Milliband will face.

However, as the media were keen to point out throughout the last few months, neither Milliband reflects what one would call a "core" Labour vote.

Ed may represent the chipped shoulder middle classes, as indeed, we Libdems are accused of many a time, but to manual working, Union representative, grass roots campaigning, he is not paticularly inspiring.

Elected on the basis that he would bring new blood to the party, removes the negative publicity from the Brown/Blair era and go back to key Labour roots seem to have been lost in his leadership campaign message.

Appealing to Soft Lib Dems

Ed Milliband's key policies to campaign on again the scrapping of student fees and demanding a review of the cost of Trident.

Hang on a second. Aren't these key Lib Dem policies?

And yet Labour ministers are showing no support for the coalition's review of Trident or Vince Cable's reviews in student fees.

This appears to be a particularly tough one that the Whips will have to crack.

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