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The colour purple

23 September 2011

A group of Labour figures have contributed to The Purple Book, which some modernisers hope will deter the apparent move to
the left and dilute New Labour’s twin obsessions with the City and the public sector. There’ll be more on the book at the forthcoming Labour conference, but here is a discussion about it on today’s
Daily Politics.   

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  • Boudicca

    Why does anyone listen to Jacqui Smith. I turn off, literally, as soon as she appears. If not prosecuted for her expenses fiddling and for using community payback personnel to decorate her house, she should at least be ostracised.

  • David Lindsay

    Roy Hattersley’s review of it in the New Statesman calls it an “effusion of pretentious nonsense”. Oh, well, the way remains open for someone else to make a proper attempt to give a voice to everyone whose priorities include any or all of the Welfare State, workers’ rights, trade unionism, the co-operative movement and wider mutualism, consumer protection, strong communities, conservation rather than environmentalism, fair taxation, full employment, public ownership, proper local government, a powerful Parliament, the monarchy, the organic Constitution, national sovereignty, civil liberties, the Union, the Commonwealth, the countryside, traditional structures and methods of education, traditional moral and social values, economic patriotism, balanced migration, a realist foreign policy, an unhysterical approach to climate change, and a base of real property for every household to resist both over-mighty commercial interests and an over-mighty State.

  • Edward McLaughlin

    The disgusting spectacle of Jacqui Smith speaking of plans ‘post financial-crisis’.

    The financial mess we are in – along with much else now in crisis – was designed and instigated on the very table round which she and her fellow malcontents sat.

  • David Ossitt

    Question, how can the BBC justify giving air time to one who stole from us by claiming her sisters back bedroom was her main dwelling?

    Shame on the BBC.

  • Noa.


    A quick look at the contents shows that it’s regretably short of advice on the tax treatment of nominated second homes and associated expenses.
    One of the few subjects on which Labour cabinets had undoubted expertise.

  • Biggestaspidistra

    I don’t understand how Jaqui can be considered to have any credibility any more. How is that possible?

    @ 7:11

    “it was full of Brownites like Jaqui”

    “We’ll announce that on the news later”

    What a sickening little club the BBC is.

  • dorothy wilson

    What a gormless looking pair!

  • Archibald

    Interesting – I was just about to post on Martin Bright’s blog about what had happened to Glasman and his ‘Blue Labour’ given the policy review that was underway. Would the observers at the Speccy such as Mr Blackburn say there was still a pretty clear Blair/Brown split in the party, along policy direction if not personality?

  • Vulture

    If politics is showbiz for ugly people, its clear that ugly AND stupid people gravitate exclusively to the Labour party.

  • Nicholas

    Those two look like a bundle of laughs. The po face of British Socialism indeed.

    If they all just admitted they were commie bastards there would be no need for all this subterfuge.

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