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Grantham Journal column: Grannie knows best

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

If new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn should ask for my advice, which he wouldn’t of course, I would tell him to take notice of my grandmother’s age old sayings.

They have served me well for 75 years or so and I’m sure they would do the same for him. Remember? I said my grannie would make a better Labour leader than any of the recent candidates.

Well now I believe Jeremy has proved, and will continue to do so, the exception to that rule. However, he could still benefit from her well proven advice. Here are a few of her more apt pieces of that, together with my interpretations of their meanings.

‘Don’t try to run before you can walk.’

In other words ignore those who say you are unelectable as Prime Minister and continue to do what you have done already: confound the odds.

‘One step at a time.’

You have made fools of your critics by becoming Labour leader by a landslide. Now consolidate your party as a credible opposition, unafraid of the truth and the telling of it, which wasn’t always the case in the past.

‘Tell the truth and shame the Devil!’ Grannie’s “Devil’ being the current administration.

Nearly five years is plenty of time to get things right and prove the ‘nohopers’ wrong again. Having established that New Labour has truly become ‘Old Hat’, go for the ‘Devil’s’ throat.

‘If you don’t blow your own trumpet, no-one else will.’

Defy opponents’ blatant propaganda jibes and continue to promote your own beliefs, as they appear to be the democratic will of the voters.

Obviously Jeremy will be listening to much more experienced politicians than me and my grandmother, but hopefully some genuine Labour supporter, like our own Charmaine Morgan for instance, could pass this all-important message on to him. How about it Charmaine?


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