Labour launches council election slogan... and opinion is divided
Labour has revealed that its local council election slogan will be: 'Standing Up, Not Standing By'.
Jeremy Corbyn first aired the slogan at last month's Welsh Labour conference. In his keynote speech, he said the party would be "standing up to the xenophobia of UKIP", and added:
"On low pay on housing on energy and the environment the Tories just stand by, Labour is standing up."
The initial reaction to the new slogan was not wholly positive, with one senior party source telling PoliticsHome on Tuesday: "I don't even know what it means."
On social media, Labour supporter Nicholas Turner indicated that he was not massively inspired by the slogan, while the Daily Mail’s deputy diary editor Richard Eden went out on a limb to suggest it could be "the worst campaign slogan in Labour history".
Labour's slogan for the local govt elections will be 'Standing Up, Not Standing By', I'm told. A source said: "I don't know what it means."— Kevin Schofield (@PolhomeEditor) March 1, 2016
Humm, it isn't quite "I have a dream" is it... https://t.co/XKEVdCJcrj— Nicolas Turner (@NicolasDTurner) March 1, 2016
'Standing up, not standing by': the worst campaign slogan in #Labour history?— Richard Eden (@richardaeden) March 1, 2016
But others were more positive. The New Statesman's Stephen Bush gave the slogan a thumbs up while the moderate former Labour MP Tom Harris - who is not normally one to endorse anything related to Corbyn - also appeared to suggest that he liked it. Possibly.
Meanwhile Theo Bertram, a former adviser to Tony Blair who now works at Google, declared that Corbyn's new slogan was "not all that bad".
Which is high praise indeed from a Blairite.
Labour's new slogan highlights very well that it's a party for people who are either in poverty or concerned about poverty.— Stephen Bush (@stephenkb) March 1, 2016
“Standing Over There, Not Over Here. No, There. Along A Bit. There"— Tom Harris (@MrTCHarris) March 1, 2016
I quite like Labour’s new local government campaign slogan.
Labour's new slogan - 'Standing Up, Not Standing By' - isn't all that bad. Local elex are about turning out the base & it plays to that.— Theo Bertram (@theobertram) March 1, 2016