Lord Falconer, the Shadow Attorney General, used the phrase when introducing a webinar on the changes in the law during the Covid pandemic. According to the Mail on Sunday, the Labour frontbencher insisted he was referring to changes in the law. However, a source claimed Lord Falconer did regret his choice of words.
Introducing the Gibson Dunn web seminar on Covid, Lord Falconer said: “Welcome to the Gibson Dunn tenth webinar on how the law has been changed by Covid.
“This is a gift that keeps on giving.
“The law keeps on changing, keeps on getting more complicated and is always interesting.”
His comments come just months after Shadow Education Secretary Kate Green said Labour should “not let a good crisis go to waste”.
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Ms Green had urged activists to seize on the chaos to give the Tories a kicking on education and lobby for more cash for schools.
Speaking at a Labour Connected event, she said: “I think there’s obviously a real immediate pressure to address these funding needs for the crisis.
“But I think we should use the opportunity, don’t let a good crisis go to waste.
“We can really see now what happens when you under-resource schools, when you under-resource families and communities.
“She was talking in the context of ten years of cuts to public services, including schools, that have meant that many children went into this crisis already with huge deprivation, huge inequality, poorer educational outcomes than you’d expect.
“She was making the point that we’ve got to now make sure this COVID crisis doesn’t worsen that divide and doesn’t write some children off.”
She added: “It was absolutely the wrong way to express that and Kate knows that. She feels very passionately about this.
“I’m sure she will apologise if she hasn’t already.”
The shadow cabinet secretary continued: “Let me apologise for the way that that’s come across as well. Nobody thinks there’s anything good about this crisis.”