Wednesday 24 January 2018

Labour backbenchers must look at themselves in the mirror

Liam Fay

Fresh faces and clean hands. These are the attributes being touted as the minimum requirements for the next generation of Labour cabinet ministers, primarily by Labour backbenchers who mistakenly believe their own complexions and fingernails to be spotless.

Politics, they say, is showbusiness for ugly people, but this is not the case. Politics is actually showbusiness for people with body dysmorphic disorder, an affliction that distorts what you see when you look in the mirror.

So far, the Labour leadership election has been characterised by heated debate about two monumental irrelevancies: age and gender. Front-runner Joan Burton encapsulated the preoccupations when she ho-hoed about how Hillary Clinton – "who is slightly older than me" – is a mooted contender for the comparatively easier job of American president.

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