Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Labour’s lightweight leader sells ‘Bargain Britain’

Frankly, Ed Miliband’s turgid conference speech isn’t worth a minute of His Grace’s time. Labour’s lightweight leader talked incessantly about a ‘new bargain’ with Britain, imposing the ‘right values’, that nothing will come of nothing, and alien versus predator or something like that. There was an assurance that Labour would not reverse any ‘Tory cuts’ (ie tacit assent), and then a thesis of explanation as to why these cuts were based on the ‘wrong values’ (the right ones nowhere defined). Astonishingly, he attacked Tony Blair and his NHS and Education reforms, and got an ovation from the assembled throng (with a few jeers aimed at Blair). The jokes were strained; the delivery dire. The speech was clumsy and confused; Ed Miliband halting and self-contradictory. It was a speech of illiberal, corporatist, socialist dogma for the benefit of sundry assembled trade union leaders. David Miliband could have done better. Frankly, so could Harriet Harman. For the sake of Labour and the country, the speechwriter needs sacking and Ed Miliband replacing.


Blogger Preacher said...

Just another political thespian then Dr Cranmer? The current cast of Westenders or is it Corodowning Street really should apply for Equity cards before another election, or they could all end up 'resting'.

27 September 2011 at 16:48  
Blogger I am Stan said...

Your Grace,

Listening to Milibland I wonder if he`s on some kind of powerful opiate type medication.

Listening to CastIron Dave I wonder if he`s still enjoying his Bulligdon club wrecking spree (now on a global stage) and dabbling in Colombian marching powder.

27 September 2011 at 16:53  
Blogger tory boys never grow up said...

Even if Cranmer pent less than a minute on the speech you would have thought that he could have at least made the effort to quote what it actually said rather than what he thinks it said. To give one example (I could give a lot more) - Milliband said he wouldn't reverse "many" of the Troy cuts that isn't the same as "any".

Could I suggest anyone looking for a party leader's political philosophy go and look somewhere else than a party conference speech. They are all collections of soundbites and just convey mood music - if you dont believe me go and look at the text of Cameron's efforts.

27 September 2011 at 17:00  
Blogger len said...

The words ring hollow,and the old adage springs to mind "a promise is worthless until it is fulfilled".

Would Miliband`s promises be any better than Cameron`s...I doubt it.

27 September 2011 at 17:31  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

tbngu 27 September 2011 17:00

'To give one example (I could give a lot more)'
Ah God bless you my contentious lad.

After 17 years I canna stands nae more.

Hopefully Ernst will not have to listen to many more..the joy and blessing of old age.

Ernst 'Methusaleh' Blofeld

27 September 2011 at 17:56  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

I am not Tony Blair.

27 September 2011 at 18:45  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

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27 September 2011 at 19:12  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

He has much the same view as the American paleocons, and this sort of thing was called Toryism when Toryism, properly so called, was still permitted in national political debate.

A domestic manufacturing base, a largely domestic food supply, and the ownership of our own industries and resources by our own citizens, are all integral to national sovereignty, including national security. And BAE, specifically, must be brought it back into public ownership, as the monopoly supplier to our own Armed Forces and to no one else. Meanwhile, provided that there is the necessary government action to ensure diversification and thus to preserve skills while rebuilding the manufacturing base, the sale of arms abroad must be banned, perhaps progressively, but altogether in the end.

Why does Ed Miliband want the public bank shares to be flogged off at all? All of the banks should be turned into mutual building societies, ironclad as such by statute. Northern Rock would be an ideal place to start. After all, no corporation is going to want to buy it. Apart, that is, from the public stakes in HBOS and RBS. Those are permanent, non-negotiable safeguards of the Union, as public ownership always is. Therefore, the profits from each of those stakes should be divided equally among all the households in the United Kingdom. For that, we need a Government which is not so incompetent that it can preside over their degeneration back into loss-making status. Indeed, if this provision had already been in place, then perhaps not even George Osborne would have dared to be quite so stupid and inept as that.

Take out bailouts or the permanent promise of them, take out central and local government contracts, take out planning deals and other sweeteners, and take out the guarantee of customer bases by means of public sector pay and the benefits system, and what is there left? They are all as dependent on public money as any teacher, nurse or road sweeper. Everyone is. And with public money come public responsibilities, including public accountability for how those responsibilities are or are not being met, accountability and responsibilities defined by classical, historic, mainstream Christianity as the basis of the British State and as the guiding inspiration of all three of this State’s authentic, indigenous, popular political traditions.

Privatisation, globalisation, deregulation and demutualisation have turned out, in the most spectacular fashion, to have been anything but fiscally responsible. The same is true of a generation of scorn for full employment, leading to the massively increased benefit dependency of the 1980s and the institutionalisation of that mass indolence down to the present day. The transfer of huge sums of public money to ostensibly private, but entirely risk-free, companies in order to run schools, hospitals, railways, rubbish collections, and so many other things: is that fiscally responsible? Bailing out the City at all, never mind so that it can carry on paying the same salaries and bonuses as before: is that fiscally responsible? Even leaving aside more rarefied academic pursuits, is it fiscally responsible to allow primary education, or healthcare, or public transport, or social housing to fall apart? Is that good for business? Are wars of aggression fiscally responsible? Are military-industrial complexes?

This is much the same view as the American paleocons, and this sort of thing was called Toryism when Toryism, properly so called, was still permitted in national political debate.

27 September 2011 at 19:15  
Blogger David Lindsay said...

DanJo, “I’m not Tony Blair” is the sort of legend that should be borne by all manner of merchandise. Did you hear how the audience approved? He hated them, and at last they feel able to express how much they hated him. Around this time in 2007, we were heading into the first season for a decade in which Halloween, Guy Fawkes, Remembrance Sunday, Advent and Christmas did not feel faintly illegal, and were not acts of defiant resistance to the Occupation of our country by someone who was essentially her enemy. But now, under the Heir to Blair, we are back to where we were.

The superb Peter Oborne, whom Ivan Lewis could give the job of deciding which journalists should be licensed and which should not, was on fine form on last night’s Dispatches. The most inappropriate Middle East Peace Envoy imaginable has conflicts of interest coming out of his ears in order to enhance even further the fabulous wealth that has come his way in return for having lied this country into war, to which he has blithely admitted on television with no apparent adverse effect. Does it only count if you say it on Newsnight, or on the Today programme, or to a Dimbleby? It turns out that he is nothing but a paid shill of Wall Street, Murdoch, the Israelis and the Gulf monarchs. Among other things, he is paid by J P Morgan to stop the starvelings of the Gaza Strip from exploiting their own supply of natural gas.

The wonder is that he has not been made United States Secretary of State. Perhaps he would have been if the Presidency had passed to two of the very few people in the world even viler than he is? One of them promised to nuke Iran if so instructed by the Israelis or by her viciously misogynistic (and Jew-hating) campaign backers in the Gulf. The other, on whose behalf she was really running, was Mr NAFTA and Mr GATT, the man who caused the crash by repealing Glass-Steagall, the Butcher of Bosnia and the Monster of Mogadishu, the bomber of a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory in order to distract attention from his sexual activities that he falsely asserted were no such thing. Tony Blair always wanted to be him.

27 September 2011 at 19:16  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

"DanJo, “I’m not Tony Blair” is the sort of legend that should be borne by all manner of merchandise."

It's an I am Spartacus moment, only in reverse. :)

27 September 2011 at 21:03  
Blogger Gavin said...

I don't like Labour, but one thing I will grant Ed Milliband about this speech: At least, by saying nothing substantial, and by making no specific pledges, he cannot be accused (on the basis of this speech) of having regened on his word, if he is ever voted into office.
That is more than I can say of David Cameron, whose pre-election speeches and whose party's manifesto contained certain specific pledges, which Mr Cameron promptly turned his back on, once in office.
Mr Milliband, by saying nothing very much in the first place, commits a lesser wrong than Mr Cameron has done.

27 September 2011 at 21:05  
Blogger Sam Vega said...

Are you sure this is Ed Miliband? He does look rather like hoaxer Mr Rastani who caused all the deep economic and political thoughts a few short hours ago when he claimed to be a financial trader....

27 September 2011 at 22:25  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

len said 27 September 2011 17:31

"The words ring hollow,and the old adage springs to mind "a promise is worthless until it is fulfilled". Truth.

This labour party just don't get it, do they.

These shadow cabinet micreants are the same fools who led us through a maelstrom of rank irresponsibilty in areas such as immigration that hurt the very people they are supposed to traditionally represent and fiscal stupidity of such foolishness that even Goat-herder Gaddaffi got a better price for his gold than Brown did? Even the camels laughed!

Miliband the infant, No, Harriet 'hate men' Harman, NO, Balls of spite, most definitely NO.
Shut up, no one is listening to you except your own cretinous diehards.

Just heard Andrew Neil show what a bunch of facetious chancers you are regarding taxing bad companies and he wasn't even trying hard.
Labour Conference, live from cloud cuckoo land.

OOh Reddie Eddie, so it's a rigged market the Energy Industry eh..so what the hell were you doing for two years as The Minister for Energy and Climate Change.
What a difference the opposition bench makes.CHANCER!

Harriet Harman speaking as shadow intl Dev Secretary made Ernst have a cold shiver run up and then down his spine..All that was missing after each mention of the word 'Tory' was a *hock-spit*..Ernst is apolitical but for goodness sake, thank God she was not born 500 years ago and chaired the inquisition.
Labour's definition of equality and fairness for all = *hock-spit*.

So much for the intolerant tolerance towards others who do not agree that Labour is God's gift to Britain.
I personally want to thank jack dromey for sacrificing himself to love someone most men would do 20 years inside for. OUTSTANDING!

Keep talking folks but no one who matters is listening .



Lord, please forgive me for my barely concealed utter contempt I hold in regard towards politicians but they provoke me.

28 September 2011 at 00:51  
Blogger Cam Ma said...

Really, +Thomas, can you honestly see any difference between Milliband, Clegg, Blair and Cameron? Does it not make you despair for the future, when the electorate of this realm of England continues to vote again and again for these clowns?

28 September 2011 at 00:56  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

If it's not worth a minute of your time, erm:
Why did you bother?

"Private Eye" have got him down pat, calling him "Mr Milibean"

Unfortunately, what's the alternative?
The traitor Camoron.
Not good.

28 September 2011 at 08:06  
Blogger Maturecheese said...

Cam Ma

Yes it does make me despair!!

28 September 2011 at 09:58  
Blogger E.xtra S.ensory Blofeld + Tiddles said...

A little verse of contrition

Don't you love farce?
My fault I fear.
I thought that you'd want what I want and I'd want what you'd want but..
Sorry, my dear Cameron, Clegg, Miliband.
But where are those clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, It's party conference season and you're here.

Yes it does make me despair too!

Ernst 'will we ever learn' Blofeld

29 September 2011 at 01:32  

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