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  • Writer's pictureSteve Crowther

Well... The Song Remains the Same?

The Song Remains the Same is the name of a 1976 film featuring the music of the legendary rock band, Led Zeppelin. It is also the name of the album released in the same year with tracks including the title song, Dazed and Confused, Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love.

Here, however, it is a rhetorical question: when did Sir Keir Starmer, current Leader of the Labour Party, say this?

'When I see children trapped in the grinding humiliation of family poverty, frail pensioners having to decide whether to be hungry or to be cold, people young, fit, and willing to work reduced … to homelessness and begging in the streets. When I see our public services neglected, battered by ideology, and corrupted by the abuse of blatant patronage, and while at the same time I see homes standing empty… international companies using and abusing Britain as a tax haven, millionaires paying no tax whatsoever, directors of the privatised utilities overpaying themselves so grossly. When I see the waste, the short-termism, and the costly failure of self-regulation in the City of London. When I see this gross disparity between the accumulated excess of wealth and power and the gaping sorrows of the left-out millions. And when I see what the Tories have done to our social cohesion and our sense of community…'

Answer: he never did, it was this chap, Gordon Brown in 1994

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