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Started by chacqueschirac on Jan 20, 2020 10:31:22 AM
I, Jess Phillips

"I might not look the most like a prime minister in this race. I cannot win that war so I am going to stop fighting it. I am going to do the thing that made tens of thousands of people ask me to run to be the leader. I am going to say what I think. I probably won’t win, but I am guessing that I might just inspire others to give it a go, too. I believe that the only way to beat a compulsive liar, who thinks only of himself but has the gift of the gab, is to be brutally honest, give a real toss about the people in our country and also have the gift of the gab. I could be wrong, but I would rather give this way a go than ever deliver a line in 40 seconds again."

HouseOfLametta - 20 Jan 2020 10:34:22 (#1 of 326)


Why the long face?

chacqueschirac - 20 Jan 2020 10:42:16 (#2 of 326)

"I said at the beginning of this process that I would tell the truth. I said that I was the bold choice and only bold could beat Boris Johnson, and I meant it. And then I did something I didn’t think I would do, and I stopped being bold. I didn’t lie, but I certainly stopped being real. I really believe that authentic, big-hearted, funny, kind and different politics is the only way to beat Johnson. So I am going to practise it."

Arjuna - 20 Jan 2020 10:43:53 (#3 of 326)

Keeping it real, big up Jessie P!

Arjuna - 20 Jan 2020 10:46:11 (#4 of 326)

If it were possible to sum up, for example, an economic plan or an industrial strategy in 40 seconds

She could always do it in one of her Guardian articles.

chacqueschirac - 20 Jan 2020 10:48:59 (#5 of 326)

At least someone had the wit to advise her not to put exclamation marks at the end of her sentences.

Arjuna - 20 Jan 2020 10:54:34 (#6 of 326)

Genuinely the most inspiring moment was the sound of a baby crying in the audience. That was Baby Alfie, whose mother I knocked doors with while he was still safe in the womb. She knocked doors in the rain, in a seat we lost, while she was nine months pregnant and in possible slow labour.

No Jess Phillips article is complete without a homily referencing the plain and humble folk that she calls her friends and families. What do these fancy politicians think they are doing with their fancy speeches about fancy politics, they should be listening to da yoof like Jess does.

browserbutton - 20 Jan 2020 10:55:51 (#7 of 326)

Does she have the steel to win back Redcar Man?

DesEsseintes - 20 Jan 2020 11:19:06 (#8 of 326)

She'd have lots of money on her side, I imagine.

One advantage of her being leader would be nobody else would have to do anything, have to waste any time on electoral politics.

levelgaze - 20 Jan 2020 11:37:44 (#9 of 326)


breakfast - 20 Jan 2020 12:41:10 (#10 of 326)

I really believe that authentic, big-hearted, funny, kind and different politics is the only way to beat Johnson

Do you?

Peacock - 20 Jan 2020 12:56:16 (#11 of 326)

not a fan of Jess, cc?

chacqueschirac - 20 Jan 2020 16:34:04 (#12 of 326)

I, I, I, I, ......

Natascha - 20 Jan 2020 17:27:52 (#13 of 326)

Dawn Foster nails it:

TigerPaws - 20 Jan 2020 17:59:59 (#14 of 326)

There is style: how to present yourself, dress, perform, interact, smile or frown and there are political values which are not dependent on being stylish- or performing in the right kind of manner. Corbyn was never stylish enough.

Quite frankly a candidate who got elected as MP shouldn't have to worry excessively about style, a few tweaks here and there. A bit of boot polish.

And political leadership requires persistence, patience and perseversance rather than authenticity which isn't the same as being genuine.

If voters want clowns as leaders then they'll get a circus for a government.

Jacob_Richter - 20 Jan 2020 18:17:57 (#15 of 326)

Dawn Foster nails it

Indeed she does.

I hadn't realised that Phillips was the daughter of the deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation.

I don't object to that at all in and of itself. I do object to her 'prolier than thou' image which Phillips projects, such as that 'posh to eat olives' thing when Phillips herself comes from a family background of senior executive management.

TigerPaws - 20 Jan 2020 18:26:09 (#16 of 326)

A lot of Labour people are in public sector management positions.

Here's the thing everyone has baggage, no one is unalloyed, perfect, without sin, or spotless.

Too much fuss about candidates background, for some no doubt there should be a pure lineage going back to a Cro magnon ancestor.

machiavelli - 20 Jan 2020 18:29:11 (#17 of 326)

A lot of Labour people are in public sector management positions.

Betcha they don't pretend to be horny-handed daughters of the factories though.

TigerPaws - 20 Jan 2020 18:35:07 (#18 of 326)

I hope JP isn't replacing Corbyn as the go to figure to bitch about.

moto748 - 20 Jan 2020 18:41:54 (#19 of 326)

Reading the quote at the top of the thread, I naturally assumed it was a spoof by chacques, and not an actual quote. Surely nobody could cram that many I's and me's into one paragraph?

Reader, how wrong I was!

machiavelli - 20 Jan 2020 18:42:27 (#20 of 326)

She won't be replacing Corbyn. But after reading her pitch in the Guardian, I'm not sure Long-Bailey is any more coherent. In the absence of Angela Rayner, I hope it's Nandy, thought it will either be LB or that stiff shirt, Starmer.

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