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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Miliband Fails to deliver-But is it too late?

We're three months off an election and things could not be looking worse for the Labour Party. Miliband's failure to provide a socialist alternative to neo-liberal economics has left the Tory's looking strong. David Cameron has had an unprecedented surge in the polls thanks largely to Ed's inability to solidify a core message to the electorate. Something concrete please! Its not too difficult to say that you are going to reclaim back taxes from the elite and corporations who have been allowed to get away with the worst excesses under what has effectively been more than 30 years of Tory rule. We all know there is a cost of living crisis but we don't seem to have heard Labour's solutions. The problem is further compounded by the unravelling of the European Union which would have stolen votes from the Tories as UKIP were gaining in the polls. Scotland, post-referendum, have opted for a socialist alternative in the shape of the SNP. The Tories have timed their asset price inflation to masquerade as growth with perfection thanks in large part to printing so much money and setting artificially low interest rates. Their narrative that they are fixing what Labour broke seems to have got through and worse still resonated with a large part of Middle England. Never has the need for a genuine socialist leader been greater,one may argue, and never have the Labour party's offering been so lacking. Most traditional labour voters feel more comfortable with the Greens. The youth vote has been lost to apathy as the likes of Russel Brand tackle real issues online and compound the message that all politicians are the same and your vote does not count. Credit to Ed though, he has managed to make the Church of England look radical even with a former banker at the helm. Today they issued a call for more 'political vision' from all parties. All in all, an unholy mess for a party not known for culling it's leaders. There is just enough time though to turn this ship around if Ed is brave enough to take a few political risks by exposing and opposing the status quo of the corporation led kleptocracy.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Ed's Curious 'One Nation' Speech At Labour Party Conference

 I wish I could could have been a fly on the wall when Ed Miliband was taking
advice on how to project a new image for the Labour Party. All the talk is that Ed
is not up to the job simply because he does not possess that magic electability
X factor. The hope was that he would counterbalance this with substance.
 The result was that this speech was utterly sterile. For a country screaming out for
change he decided to give a speech which sounded very much like David
Cameron in opposition. The backdrop was Tory blue and Trade Unionists were
reluctantly clapping as he championed  'One Nation' politics as espoused
by the late Tory PM Disraeli. All very bizarre! But perhaps there was some strategic
method in this madness that by pulling towards the centre now he could pull
progressively to the left as austerity kicks in without being labelled 'Red Ed'.
Most people, though, would not have reached this conclusion. They would have
been too bored to listen to the end. The commentators and journalists who heard
his speech live praised it immensely. Partly because he managed to do it without
notes and partly, I suspect, that it may have sounded much better live than it came
across on T.V.
 If there is one thing that would have guaranteed to get the crowd going was some
justifiable banker bashing. Instead what we got was we'll give them another three
years to sort themselves out and if they don't do that by then we will really get
tough with them. The crisis in the banking sector has taught us that the financial
sector cannot self-regulate. We want action now from the opposition forcing the
hand of the liberals to break away from the coalition shackles and vote against the
Government to get lending going again. We want to be fooled again
that we can trust a politician but he lacked all the lustre of a Blair or even a
Cameron in opposition. He smacked far more of a Hague or an IDS.
 The advice more in tune with the public mood would be:
Don't go on about faith when you've got none. Don't go on about your common
upbringing when you were brought up with socialist aristocracy. Do offer a
credible alternative to this centrist dogma of pandering to the city's every whim by
printing money to prop up a house of cards that will come crashing down on the
poor buggers who don't have enough loot to flee the country. Do return the party
to it's socialist roots and then and only then can we feel less guilty about voting
Labour again.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Ed Miliband At The Leveson Inquiry

 Ed Miliband took to the Leveson stand aiming to make capital of his
outspoken stance against Murdoch. He followed on from John
Major's testimony who contradicted Murdoch's assertion that he had
never asked a PM to change policy. He chose to take the 'atheist' oath
which was a contrast to previous politicians and Rupert Murdoch
himself. Ed Miliband still had the demeanour of a head boy at a top
public school without any of the Prime Ministerial swagger one would
have expected him to have developed having been so long in the
job as leader of the opposition. His major problem is that he is unable
to disassociate himself from the Murdoch empire in that he served as a
minister and key adviser in the Blair government. This is a great shame
for Miliband as in his PMQ encounters with David Cameron this is the
one topic where he has managed to land a few punches on the PM.
  Ed Miliband had in the past called the Press Complaints Commission
'a toothless poodle that needs to be put out of it's misery.' The joke was
lost on him that he could have been describing himself as leader of
the Labour party. He kept referencing Harriet Harman in his testimony
which, given that he was her intern when he was at Oxford, compounds
the perception that he has not grown up in the job and has been unable
to shake off the link with New Labour.
 He is aware, however, that this break needs to be made. He dumped on
his ex-boss Gordon Brown by confirming the obvious point that Brown
was indeed aware of his aides briefing against his political enemies contrary
to the ex-PM's testimony. In fact he went so far as to confirm that he had
raised concerns with Brown about Damien McBride's activities.
 He shone a little by reiterating that it was he who had actually called
for the Leveson Inquiry and the fact that it was he who had first called
for the resignation of Rebecca Brooks after the Milly Dowler scandal
despite the obvious political risks. The fact that he has made enough
political capital out of this or have it lodged in the electorate's minds
is part of the broader Miliband leadership malaise. It is more likely,
given his lack of charisma, that he will be remembered after the speech
as 'the toothless poodle'.
 To his credit Ed Miliband did give assurances that he was in full support
of implementing Leveson's final recommendations in full but with the
current public mood most of the politicians have echoed this including
George Osborne.




Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Karl Marx becomes EdMiliband.com's Agony Uncle

dear Uncle Karl,
we want to extend our thanks that you have agreed to offer your advice on this site as well as DavidMiliband.com! yours sincerely, Admin

Reply: No Worries the difference between the two is much of a muchness. As their father has stated the labour party is the eternal enemy of the working class. If I can guide these boys away from their New Labour tendencies it would stop their father Ralph turning in his grave, more rest for the rest off us buried here in Highgate cemetery.