Romney's Churchill gaffe

Republican challenger mistakenly attributes Keynes quote to Churchill in debate.

As regular readers will know, Mitt Romney is fond of turning to former British prime ministers for inspiration. In June, he borrowed Margaret Thatcher's most famous poster and declared "Obama isn't working". He's also, like many Republicans, a keen admirer of Winston Churchill (he has vowed to bring back the bronze bust of Churchill that Obama removed from the Oval Office.) At a debate in New Hampshire on Wednesday, he declared:

'In the private sector, if you don't change your view when the facts change, well you'll get fired for being stubborn and stupid. Winston Churchill said, "When the facts change, I change too, Madam".'

The problem, of course, is that it wasn't Churchill but Keynes who remarked: "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? " In the event that Romney wins in 2012, perhaps Cameron should present him with a dictionary of quotations.

Hat-tip: Jonathan Jones.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Nineties boyband 5ive pull out of pro-Brexit concert, after learning it was “political”

“As a band, Five have no political allegiances.”

I woke up today with this feeling that better things are coming my way. One of those better things was Leave.EU’s BPop Live, the bizarre pro-Brexit concert at the NEC arena in Birmingham. With a line-up including Nineties stars 5ive, Alesha Dixon and East 17, as well as speeches from Nigel Farage, Dr Liam Fox and Kate Hoey, it was sure to be deliciously awkward fun.

But those halcyon days were over as soon as they began. Reports are now circling that the two original members of 5ive who had signed up to the gig, Ritchie Neville and Scott Robinson, have cancelled their appearance after realising that this was, in fact, a political concert.

A spokesperson told the Mirror:

When Rich and Scott agreed to play the event they understood that it was a pop concert funded by one of the Brexit organisations and not a political rally.

Ah, one of those non-political Brexit-funded concerts, then.

As it has come to light that this is more a political rally with entertainment included they have both decided to cancel their involvement. They would like to make it clear that as a band Five have no political allegiances or opinions for either side.

5ive have no political allegiance. They are lone wolves, making their way in this world with nothing but a thirst for vigilante justice. 5ive are the resident president, the 5th element. They know no allegiances. (Also, it’s 5ive with a 5, I will have it no other way.)

Their allegiance is first and foremost to their fans.

Ok, I’m tearing up now. I pledge allegiance to the band

A divide between two members of the Nineties’ best-loved boybands is terrifying to imagine. They must have felt like they should have been screaming, trying to get through to their friends. Sometimes, it feels that life has no meaning, but, if I know 5ive, things will be alright in the end. For who else can truly get on up, when they’re down?

Anna Leszkiewicz is a pop culture writer at the New Statesman.