Sunday, 9 July 2017

See The Conquering Hero Comes

Back by popular demand...

Here's a transcript of the introduction to this morning's The Andrew Marr Show
Good morning. Dog days. Heat rising and the politicians, frankly exhausted, desperate for their summer break. On the surface, everyone's trying to radiate confidence. Theresa May assures the G20 she's staying on. Jeremy Corbyn is greeted as a conquering hero by the Durham miners. But behind the smiles, endless intrigue, endless plotting, and its all dripping into this morning's press. At Westminster there's nothing more lethal than a summer party. The new Justice Secretary, David Lidington, isn't, so far as one can tell, plotting to be leader of the Tory Party. But he's here to answer some big questions on Brexit, spending and Grenfell Tower. On the Labour side, I'm joined by key Corbyn ally and fast-rising star, Angela Rayner. You'd think the Labour family, at least, is warm and united. Well, not quite. And from the Lib Dems, as they head towards a leadership coronation, the man who will be king, Vince Cable, on what on earth he wants to do with the job. And reviewing the news, one of the shrewdest analysts of the British Left, Stephen Bush, from the New Statesman, who predicted the Corbyn phenomenon before it happened, the deputy editor of the Sunday Times, Sarah Baxter, and the Conservative commentator, editor of Reaction, Iain Martin. Plus from The West Wing to the West End. Stockard Channing on her angry return to the London stage. And live music. The Lumineers will be lighting up the studio later on. All that coming up soon. First, the news with Sian Lloyd. 


  1. 'Jeremy Corbyn is greeted as a conquering hero by the Durham miners.'

    Erm.... I seem to remember that the last mines in the Durham Coalfield closed in the 1990s. Who exactly are these Durham miners - aren't they just Corbyn supporters bussed around the country as part of a continuing roadshow? No doubt they will have attracted a nostalgic group of ex-miners to listen, but please, don't kid us that they are the genuine article.

    1. Just checking up. The last Durham coalfield closed in 1994. So it's definitely ex-miners and Corbynistas from far and wide.

  2. Having grown up in a mining area myself I can't help thinking that a fair few sons and grandsons of the last miners will be breathing a sigh of relief that they weren't pressured into a life underground. The ones who aren't are probably being mislead by nostalgia.