RIP AD

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I always thought he was pretty good.

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling dies aged 70 - BBC News

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By Tom+Cross
30th Nov 2023 16:40

I would agree. One of the last politicians that I had respect for. A gentleman who will be missed.

Came to the Treasury at a very difficult time.

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By Justin Bryant
30th Nov 2023 17:01

Indeed. I can't actually think of anything bad about him (that's pretty rare for a politician, let alone a Chancellor).

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By DJKL
30th Nov 2023 17:43

One of the very few Westminster politicians I ever came across regularly in Edinburgh, when my children were small the nursery they attended in Edinburgh was just around the corner from his then house in Danube Street, so Mr Darling and us became faintly acquainted by regularly passing one another in the street and in typical Edinburgh fashion (Edinburghers are quite reserved) got first a nodding acquaintance which eventually graduated to a , for Edinburgh anyway, verbose relationship with spoken good morning as we passed one another.

Our ritual did finally finish as being a Labour politician state school for his children was near obligatory so the Darlings moved to a better school catchment area as we ourselves later did.(The Edinburgh postcode lottery)

A decent MP and I have always had a fair bit of respect for him, unlike most of the current crop he did not appear intellectually challenged.

P.S. Danube Street at one time ( up to the 70s) had the most notorious Edinburgh knocking shop

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dora_Noyce

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
01st Dec 2023 13:22

DJKL wrote:

so Mr Darling and us became faintly acquainted by regularly passing one another in the street and in typical Edinburgh fashion (Edinburghers are quite reserved) got first a nodding acquaintance which eventually graduated to a , for Edinburgh anyway, verbose relationship with spoken good morning as we passed one another.

Did you say "Good Morning, Darling"?

DJKL wrote:

P.S. Danube Street at one time ( up to the 70s) had the most notorious Edinburgh knocking shop

Edinburgh has knocking-shops? I'd have thought it way too cold!

Please tell me you have only anecdotal evidence of this establishment.

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By amycollier2893
30th Nov 2023 17:45

Anyone who had to work with/for Gordon Brown deserves a long and happy retirement.
AD always seemed a decent bloke. A man who earned respect. Pity he's gone right now RR would have done well to listen long and hard to him.
Condolences to his family and friends.

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By Truthsayer
01st Dec 2023 13:03

In have never been a supporter of Labour governments, partly due to their fiscal incontinence, but Alistair Darling certainly played a part in curbing Gordon Brown's worst spendthrift tendencies. We may owe him more than we realise in terms of how bad the 2008 financial crisis could have been if someone else had been in No.11.

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By Calculatorboy
01st Dec 2023 23:07

I think he was too nice and obviously had no chance

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By thestudyman
02nd Dec 2023 00:12

Rest in piece Darling.

We were such a good team together…

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