The Last Word: Still with her

Hillary-2016-768x576Hillary pulls no bunches on Bernie, Trump and the US election and why it’s time to give public sector workers a pay rise – Progress director Richard Angell has the Last Word

First published on ProgressOnline

Hillary Clinton has hit every news channel with the launch of her new book, What Happened. It is frank, self-effacing and and raw. In every interview you can feel how emotional she still is, and how she believes she has let herself, progressives and other women down.

But she has not pulled her punches on the men at either end of the political spectrum who plotted her demise. She is still shocked at Donald Trump’s behaviour and how numerous people aided and a betted his strategy to take the White House. Equally she is scornful of Bernie Sanders – still not a Democrat – who could never substantiate his claims that she she has changed votes following campaign contributions but acted as the midwife to Trump’s ‘crooked Hillary’ nonsense. Time and again he led his supporters up a hill to build in distance with her campaign and made it easier for people to stay home or back Trump.

Part of what Clinton’s critics have never understood was why she did keep going despite all these attacks over decades – from left and right.

It made them suspicious of her motives; no normal person would put up with the amount of animosity, vitriol and hate that she has had to put up with. As she says, none of the men were asked why they were running for president in the same way: it was just assumed they would.

To many, her inner steel looks cold, but this book reveals she is fired up. I don’t know about you, but I’m with her.

Give them a pay rise

Public sector workers should not be pitched against one another. While the government’s public sector pay policy is crumbling, there is a real danger that the public servants we come into face-to-face contact with – or hold an emotional connection to – will get higher awards than equally vital, backroom public servants. This is no way to run a country.

The emergency workers who ran at the danger this morning in Parson’s Green can only do that because they have confidence in teams of people we never meet – who might have taken intelligence calls, ordered them the right kit or ensured their equipment is clear and in good working order.

The prime minister leads tributes to our 999 responders on days like today. The Tories do divide and rule as second nature but while vile terrorist are more determined than ever to set people against each other, maybe the government – for once – can bring people together. It is in fact the only way to show these every day heroes we mean our words.


Richard Angell is director of Progress


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