Tuesday, September 27, 2011
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.