The Mother of All Battlers: HARRIET HARMAN on anger as an energy

May 30, 07:00 PM

Anger cuts both ways. It can destroy you and the people around you – or it can drive you onwards. In the latest edition of ANGER MANAGEMENT WITH NICK CLEGG, longest-serving female MP, Mother of the House and former Labour Deputy Leader Harriet Harman explains how anger against injustice and institutionalised bias has given her the energy to keep fighting.

Have we ignored the voices of popular anger for too long – or are we letting the voices of rage set the agenda too much? What sort of popular anger will ensue if Jeremy Corbyn enables a Tory hard Brexit? And what was the ‘Night of the Mustard Yellow Corduroys?’ All this and more in Nick Clegg’s fascinating conversation with one of the most dogged fighters in the Commons.

  • “We shouldn’t regard it as sign of weakness when MPs report death threats or threats of violence. We should look on it as an attack on democracy. Nobody should have to look over their shoulder.”

  • “During the Referendum it was dismaying that I’d campaign with my LABOUR IN badge next to my Labour rosette — and people would say, But I thought Labour was in favour of leaving?

  • “Once my mother had achieved the ‘lofty ambition’ of marrying my father, her lawyer’s wig and gown literally went into our dressing up box. That was the way the world was in the 1950s.”

  • “The thing with Cameron and the EU Referendum is, you shouldn’t ever put in your manifesto something that you know you’ll never want to do.”

Anger Management with Nick Clegg is created by Podmasters, producers of the hit Brexit podcast Remainiacs. Producer: Andrew Harrison. Studio production: Sophie Black.

Music by Jon Luc Heffernan used under Creative Commons licence.

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