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Ed Miliband: my two penn’orth

1 October 2012

12:02 PM

1 October 2012

12:02 PM

It seems that everyone is offering Ed Miliband advice. Jonathan Freedland wrote him an alternative leader’s speech. Matthew D’Ancona urged Miliband to answer his own fundamental question: “What is the point of a Left-of-centre Labour leader with an empty wallet?” And Owen Jones urges the Labour leader to find a vision.

It would be understandable if Ed Miliband was beginning to get more than a tad exasperated with all this advice. His party is united, he is ahead in the polls and his opponents are in disarray. He has already survived longer than many sage heads believed he could and is now the man most likely to be the next prime minister. The electorate may not be convinced by him as a charismatic personality but he should console himself with the fact that it is not necessary to be charismatic to win an election, as Edward Heath and John Major demonstrated. It makes sense for Miliband to evoke the spirit of Clement Attlee, a man who was, by all accounts, anti-charismatic.

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So here I go dispensing advice: somehow it’s irresistible. Miliband must now forget the stardust. He must simply surround himself with a team of competent people. As many as possible should have experience of running a department and running it well with as little taint of the Brown era as possible (Byrne, Murphy, Burnham are a good start). This will contrast well with the growing air of incompetence afflicting the Coalition.

And finally, he must head off the Blair comeback. This may seem absurd, but it is real. If Ed Miliband stumbles then Mr Charisma will become increasingly convinced that Britain needs him. And who’s to say who would win in a straight fight between Tony Blair and David Cameron (or indeed Boris Johnson).

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Nice thought.

  • Jez

    Your cartoon looks like Bashar Assad, Martin- as an opinion.

  • realzionist

    Martin ?

  • realzionist

    Martin I have a question for you. It’s not a loaded question.No need to lose any sleep. I won’t quote you ( unless someone twists my arm ). Just in passing as they say.

    Did you know on January 22nd 2009 that the New Statesman was dumping you ?

  • HJ777

    So what Martin Bright is saying is that he must ditch Ed Balls and his wife.

  • Arthur

    Wouldn’t it be useful if Milliband surrounded himself with as many people as possible who had run a business, or perhaps done something useful in real life, rather than has beens with experience of working in a Government department? The Lib-Con collection of professional politicians isn’t doing so well; why would a ‘better’ collection of professional Labour politicians, with a proven track record of failure, suddenly be the answer to the country’s problems?

  • AdemAljo

    The way I see it we should be throwing every scrap of advice we can muster at young Edward and hoping it sticks.

    Did you listen to Radio 4 yesterday? Even the BBC couldn’t hide the fact that 30% of Labour voters would vote Tory.

    I am beside myself knowing how much of a catastrophic failure the Labour 2015 election campaign will be if it’s headed by Ed Miliband.

    • realzionist

      Come on Martin don’t be shy how do you feel about this ?

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      • realzionist

        Let’s pretend mr Pollard isn’t watching

      • realzionist

        Let’s pretend mr Pollard isn’t watching

    • realzionist

      Come on Martin don’t be shy how do you feel about this ?

      you tube ahava protest london 27112010

  • David Lindsay

    Bloody media, the world only ever made sense to you in terms of Tony Blair. Get over him.

  • realzionist

    Martin how do you feel about the Zionist Federation EDL link up ?

  • http://twitter.com/mackydee1977 Macky Dee

    Tony Blair can think he’s got a chance if he wants – Doesn’t he realise – He would NEVER get voted in again. Even the fools that were blown away with his charisma(?) wont vote for him after his “Treacherous Two” – Irag War and Euro Constitution.

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