EdStone architect Torsten Bell: ‘Lots of ideas in politics come and go’
Ed Miliband’s former policy chief has been subjected to his first TV grilling over the infamous EdStone.
Torsten Bell was at the forefront of Miliband’s policy agenda throughout the last parliament. But he is now best-known in Labour circles as the architect of the EdStone - the 8ft tombstone engraved with six pledges for the 2015 general election.
More recently, he carved out a new job as director of the Resolution Foundation think tank.
On the BBC’s Daily Politics, Bell said he did not know what had become of the EdStone since the general election.
Asked to confirm whether he was behind the EdStone, Bell said he took responsibility “for everything”.
Pressed on why he devised the EdStone, he said that “lots of ideas in the heat of politics come and go”.
With admirably good humour, Bell also revealed that Resolution Foundation “will not being going to stonemasonry at any point over the next few years”.
All in all, a solid performance...
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