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Peter Clawson column: Granny knows best

Peter Clawson.
Peter Clawson.

If she were here today, I reckon my Granny would have made a much better Labour leader than any of the candidates on offer, even though she was a lifelong Conservative.

As readers will have noticed, her ageold sayings have stayed with me since childhood and I believe they are even more pertinent today than ever before.

Ed Miliband, for instance, though not a current candidate, could have been in David Cameron’s position as Prime Minister now, with an overall majority at Westminster, if only he had been able to listen to her.

If you don’t blow your own trumpet,she told me on countless occasions, no-one else will.”

Boy! Did Red Ed mess up on that one!

But that’s all in the past now, along with Tony Blair, successful as he may have been, Gordon Brown and the rest of them, while the new incumbent, once elected, would do well to remember another Grannyism.

“A new broom always sweeps clean”.

In other words get rid of all the excess baggage the Tories were able to capitalise on, however unfairly, over the past five years.

Which leads me on to another of her adages: “Give a man enough rope and he’ll hang himself.” This one, however, I tend to adapt to: “Give a politician enough rope and he’ll hang you.”

Lying is, of course, the fault most modern MPs are accused of and my Gran also covered that one.

“Tell a lie and youll have to tell another one”, she would say, “...and another, and another, and so on. Tell more and you will also need a good memory.”

My Granny worked for the nobility and was never too proud to accept crumbs from their tables; which was why we always ate so well. As chef, she knew how good they were, having cooked them herself!


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