If you are not reasonable, what are you?

I only ask, because Unison general secretary Dave Prentis has been criticising Labour for making reasonable comments:

In an interview with The Independent on Sunday, the Unison general secretary suggested the Labour leader can no longer count on his union’s automatic support when he said he still has “a lot to get right” and should abandon the strategy of only issuing “reasonable statements”. (Independent on Sunday)

‘Comrades, we must be unreasonable!’ certainly would be an effective demand – if you wanted to caricature yourself into unpopularity.

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  • I think you should be far more concerned with the Ed Miliband (echoing P Mandelson) statement about “applauding people becoming (filthy) rich”. It seems that Dave Prentis was referring to “reasonable’ statements as in those statements thought “reasonable” by various commentators? I would have thought that as proponents of “the new politics” our party spokespeople would have been up for the same kind of comments, TBH. But maybe the party is no longer the repository of new politics?

  • Dave Warren 13th Jun '11 - 7:44am

    Brother Prentis was very reasonable during the last Labour period in office.

    He sat around for a long time hoping they were going to stop attacking his
    members.

    Of course they didn’t because they are New Labour which was and is a new
    political party.

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