Saturday 23 September 2017

John Drennan: Rolling Stone Gilmore can't always get what he wants

But the Invisible Man of Labour has turned Redemption Man for the party's conference

John Drennan

John Drennan

A DIFFERENT set of Grumpy Old Men to the Cabinet, called the Rolling Stones, once sang "you can't always get what you want".

In Killarney, at the Labour Party national conference, Mr Gilmore experienced his own Stones moment as the Labour leader warned "you don't always get everything you want". After a thousand days of coalition, where an initial period of shock and awe was followed by the merely shocking awful experience of governance, Labour knows all about that. Within conference, however, there was a slight lightening of the Marie Celeste-style atmosphere that has draped itself over the party like a shroud for most of its thousand-day reign of the sorrows.

The new mood was even epitomised by the absence of demonstrators.

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