Tom Watson embarrasses the leader with his Labour of love

Written by David Singleton on 26 September 2017 in Diary

The deputy leader was feeling the love in his keynote speech.

Labour’s deputy leader may once have been known as a fearsome Brownite bruiser, but Tom Watson was full of love as he delivered his conference speech.

"Machiavelli’s famous advice was that it’s better to be feared than to be loved," he told delegates.

But, he said, Jeremy Corbyn showed that "we can choose to live in love and hope instead".

Labour’s deputy leader spoke of his awakening at Glastonbury when the crown chanted Corbyn’s name: "As they sang, I realised it’s actually better to be loved than to be feared."

He also embarrassed his leader by attempting to recreate the moment in the Brighton conference hall.



Watson - who was once castigated by Tony Blair for his "disloyal, discourteous and wrong" behaviour went on: "Politics now is a fight between those who want to be feared and those who’re not frightened to love.

"Britain’s run out of patience with the tin-pot Machiavellis. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, Liam Fox and the rest of you: your time is up."

And he finished with a flourish worthy of Richard Curtis: "This country is ready for change. Ready to throw off the shackles, to turn back the tide; ready to do the right thing and to do the thing right. In place of fear, love.

"Conference, Britain is ready for Labour. Love wins and so will we."



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