In some ways I feel sorry for Alistair Darling and his confusion. Several times, he forgot which home was his second home but, fortunately for him but not for the taxpayer, his confusion brought him more money than if he had not forgotten.
Whilst searching for a positive case for the union I came across more examples of his confusion. Poor Ali!
Giving the JP Mackintosh lecture in November 2012, Darling said,
Chairing the Better Together Campaign is one of the most important things I’ve ever done in politics. The decision we will all make together is the most important we will make in our lifetime. Its effects will travel down generations. It is an historic choice that will resonate down the centuries.
Darling recognises that for him and us the referendum decision ‘is the most important we will make in our lifetime. It is an historic choice that will resonate down the centuries’ but yet, for him, chairing Better Together is not the most important task he’s done in politics!
A decision that ‘will resonate down the centuries’ but it’s only ‘one of the most important things’ in his political life.’
This must be a slip of the tongue. No!
At the launch of Better Together in June 2012 he said,
When Scotland votes in the referendum, we will face an historic choice which will shape our country and our families’ future not just for the lifespan of a Parliament but for generations to come.
Chairing this campaign is one of the most important things I have ever done in politics. The decision we make is the most important we will make in our lifetime.
How can there be this historic decision which will ‘resonate down the centuries’ and is ‘for generations to come’ which is not the important task of his political life?
Clearly poor Alistair is confused. Mind you, he had to work with Gordon!
But there’s more.
By April 2013 at the Scottish Labour Conference, the referendum decision had been downgraded, He said,
But I am back, back for this referendum because it is one of the most important decisions that we will take at any time in our lifetime. Where Scotland will take one of the biggest decisions that has taken in the last 300 years.
and by this year his role had been upgraded,
‘He said leading the no campaign was the most important thing he had done in his political life:’ [Guardian 31 March 2014]
But despite being the man in charge of rescuing the banks during the financial crisis in 2008, Mr Darling insisted that the campaign to save the UK was ‘the most important thing I’ve ever done in my political life’. [Daily Mail 1 April 2014]
Don’t you feel sorry for him?
Flipper is flipping again!