he’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy

Did anyone else read this and this and get the horrible feeling that Maurice Glasman is over-promoted, and likely to crash in some really embarrassing way, even more than he has done already? It reminds me a bit of Tony Blair at his elevenarife worst or one of those people who are caught pretending to be commanding the SAS from a Kwik Save in Eccleshill.

Not only was he advising Ed Miliband, but David as well! And it seems he was giving them diametrically opposite advice, as if to find out what would happen! Not only was he an obscure lecturer, but he was literally starving! But when he became a member of the House of Lords, he was able to build a new storey on his house in Hackney!

(Hint: probably best not boast about using your parliamentary attendance-money to build an extension. Just because it’s not a duckhouse…)

Also, this: Rather than giving a single mother housing benefit, Blue Labour is more likely to give her a stake in a community land trust.

Where is all this land in, say, Islington, the borough with two grass football pitches and one of them is Arsenal, coming from? Further, where will she live and how will she avoid eviction during the years the CLT will need to round up financing and fight its way through the planning process before the project even breaks ground? Wouldn’t it be easier if she could just, eh, stay in her home rather than move to some vague new construction project God-knows-where?

Also, I’m sure some of us can relate to this:

Then I suddenly thought of David, and the grief, and James [Purnell], and the party, and the bitterness, and I thought, I’m glad I’m in Shoreditch today.

Just dance, you’ll be OK, right? No, actually, nothing that fun, he was at somebody or other’s wedding and staring at his phone for news.


  1. I’d puzzled (well, fumed) over the “living on carrots” business too. He’s a ‘Senior Lecturer’ at a post-92 (so a ‘Lecturer B’ in the old money) – he’s on 40K minimum. It left me curious about Lady(!) Glasman, too – she’s applying for a job in Morrison’s to make ends meet? What did she do before knocking out kids 1-4?

    The explanation that he’s a total and utter bullshit merchant hadn’t occurred to me – but I’ve got to admit it’s both elegant and economical.

  2. Rob

    I assumed he wasn’t working full-time, especially since there’s the question of exactly when he was doing all that work with London Citizens, but thinking about it, 40k might not go that far for six people in London anyway. I can’t speak to his actual work as a political theorist, but given that his diagnosis of the problems with the Labour Party appears to be that it has been run not by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and a coterie of assorted party apparatchiks and greasy lobbyists but people who spend their lives reading John Rawls, his suggestions for policies it ought to adopt have been unsurprisingly idiotic.

  3. None of it adds up, though. Did Mrs G not work before they had kids? (My wife was an equal contributor to the household budget throughout two years of maternity leave.) If there was that little money coming in, why did they have *four* kids?

    You couldn’t live on carrots, anyway; you’d get protein deficiency. And you’d turn orange.

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