I’m not usually in the business of political obituary but I’ve been moved by the tributes to Michael Foot as a man of wit, passion, intellect and principle. And I loved this quote, which should be emblazoned across the front of the Labour Party website and stitched onto the rosettes of every prospective candidate. It won’t be, of course. It might upset the City.
We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth, and if you ask me about those insoluble economic problems that may arise if the top is deprived of their initiative, I would answer ‘To hell with them.’ The top is greedy and mean and will always find a way to take care of themselves. They always do.