Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Straight-Talking Honest Politics
I have to say that I don't see how an 86-year-old can perform the duties of a full-time member of parliament - in the Westminster Parliament or anywhere else for that matter.
Nor can I understand why someone who has been in politics for so long (since 1970 in Sir Gerald Kaufman's case) doesn't see the need to step aside and give the younger generation their chance to shine.
Especially after years of fighting to achieve decent retirement rights and pensions (and MPs' benefits are better than most), it seems that some people can't just walk away and allow a younger colleague to take up the reins.
But there's one thing above all that I will remember Gerald Kaufman for and that was his all too accurate observation that the Labour Party's 1983 election manifesto amounted to 'the longest suicide note in history'.