“It was not pay rates of nurses, doctors, street cleaners and care workers that crashed the economy in 2008,” he thunders. “It was directors on telephone-number salaries who were so dispirited in their work that they needed telephone-number bonuses to encourage them to go to work to earn their telephone-number salaries.
“I’ve never found the same argument going on in a hospital canteen when the nurses are on a night-shift break.”
Or this on austerity: “When the party says it has to be seen to be economically competent to be attractive that can mean lots of things.
“You can make yourself very attractive to Rupert Murdoch. You can make yourself very attractive to global corporations. You can make yourself very attractive to the super rich around the world.
“But the problem is you make yourself attractive at the expense of something else – often called your soul – but also the very poorest within our society.”