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Labour race like Quiet Man scene

Published 31/07/2015

In the comedy John Wayne film The Quiet Man, which was set in Ireland, there is a scene involving an Anglican vicar who delivers a sermon to an empty church every Sunday.

The locals don't want to see him out of a job and removed from the village, so all the Catholics turn out and cheer as the Church of Ireland bishop comes to visit. The ploy works and the vicar keeps his job.

The Labour leadership contest is becoming a little like that scene: no one wants to see the Labour Party go out of business, so all sorts of people are joining now to vote in the leadership election and cheer them on.


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