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The View from 22 – Labour conference special

2 October 2012

8:36 PM

2 October 2012

8:36 PM

Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference this afternoon was undoubtably his best speech yet and has revitalised the Labour cause.The Spectator team have gathered this evening in Manchester for a special podcast to discuss both Miliband’s speech and the Labour conference overall:

The View from 22 – 2 October 2012. Length 13:24
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We’ve also spoken to some other media figures for their reaction to the Labour leader’s speech:

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Peter Kellner – President of YouGov

Dan Hodges – Telegraph blogger

Harry Cole – Spectator contributing editor

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  • http://twitter.com/LoganDon don logan

    Is Keith Vaz going to make a speech too?

    • 2trueblue

      About his mortgage?

  • strapworld

    Well researched Mr Payne, Another good read today s Quentin Letts in the mail. I hope the Conservatives and the Church make a song and dance about Millibands useage of FAITH. As Mr Letts writes ”
    But immediately he spoilt it by explaining that his ‘faith’ was ‘not a religious faith, but a faith nonetheless – a duty to leave the world a better place’.

    That’s not a faith. That’s a cheap platitude. We heard the words ‘my faith’ time and again. Disingenuous. He was playing word games with something that deserves better”. end quote.

    • telemachus

      You are right.
      He wowed Conference but lacked substance.
      In true terms the star remains Ed Balls on Monday with his build for growth.
      We are now looking forward to Andy Burnham showing why market forces lead to fragmention of services in the NHS and drive down quality.
      He will also reveal the Tory plans to open up community health services
      across the country to market forces.
      Shudder you complacent Speccies.

  • Bruce, UK

    “Have you ever seen a more incompetent,
    hopeless, out-of-touch, U-turning, pledge-breaking,
    make-it-up-as-you-go-along, back-of-the-envelope, miserable shower?”

    Yes. The country was mis-governed by them for 13 years.

  • TomTom

    Boy in playground appeals to teachers but fails to make his mark in the world of men

  • Steerage

    The BBC is going into overdrive tonight like the Spectator. Kate Williams spoke without interruption for ten minutes on the wonder of Ed while every newspapers’ inside pages were opened to reveal sympathetic headlines.
    Oddly both guests on Sky were sceptics and the interviewer was squirming at her luck having to speak to two non-believers. Face set with deep disdain.

    • toni

      I watched the paper review, so what part of ” every newspapers’ inside pages were opened to reveal sympathetic headlines.” do you disagree with.
      The consensus was that it was a good speech and reported as such.

      As for the Sky review, who was that inarticulate woman with beige stringy hair, exaggerated lips and according to her own admission “big”?

  • 2trueblue

    What gives? Have you all had brain transplants? The man is still not up to it. Today is only Sunday and we have a week of this to look forward to? So he lives, breathes, walks, talks, has a life. So what? The man was responsible for our present day problems. He and his team have no new ideas that will get us out of this mess, so why are you so desperate to try and convince us that there is some substance there? What the heck is going on? It is really worrying. Please try harder, do better.

    • toni

      “Today is only Sunday”?

      • 2trueblue

        Take it you agree with everything else?

  • Nicholas

    Goodness me. The New Spectator. A worthy successor to New Labour. The Old Spectator would have taken these charlatans and their false boasts apart piece by piece.

  • David Lindsay

    The death of Eric Hobsbawm has created a vacancy in the Order of Companions of Honour.

    Especially after today, it ought to go to the former Foreign Secretary, David Miliband.

    Bless.

  • Recovering Leftist

    Amusing report on Radio 4 PM. The professional “insider” pudits thought it a very good speech. Four northern floating voters saw right through it. It was vomit inducing crap. His father will be spinning in his grave as only a vestige of dangerous idealogy remains encased in opportunisim. Intellectually and morally bankrupt.

  • Janes

    A lecture on one nation from a member of the most bitterly divided cabinet this country has known and who’s brother can hardly speak to him . I cannot believe that the Spectator intends to give any time to these hollow words.

  • Austin Barry

    This deification of Ed (peace be upon him) is very strange. Is it simply because he is not as inept and gauche as he was a year ago, which he is, or something more sinister; the Left’s acceptance that this strange man is its leader going into the next election and that they have to festoon him in absurd hyperbole before he is let slip into the race for power?

    Ed still reminds me of the class ink monitor being patted on the head by the real Labour bullies; Balls and the unions. A dead El Cid strapped to his horse and sent into battle by the malign.

    • http://www.coffeehousewall.co.uk/ Coffeehousewall

      Austin, it is interesting and disturbing that the Spectator is joining in with the same glorification of the Great Nerd. Everything he says is a lie. He is complicit in the subversion of British society and sovereignty, yet he is being given a free ride here. Even when he outright lies his words are covered with some euphemism or other.

      Very odd. The leftward march of the Spectator continues apace.

      • Austin Barry

        Ed, earnest yet befuddled, is the personification of Lenin’s useful idiot.

    • http://www.facebook.com/amergin.selby Amergin Selby

      ‘imept’ ‘ gauche’ strange’, still trotting out the same old insults.It hardly qualifies as reasoned response but still that was too much to expect.. I could have written your response without listening to the speech.

      • Nicholas

        Do you think it a “reasoned response” for a political party that was in power (with a large majority) for 13 years from 1997-2010 to put up the boast “Rebuilding Britain” at its conference after only two years of opposition to a coalition government struggling to tackle an inherited deficit and the most severe recession in over 70 years? I’d call that shameless.

        The inept, gauche and strange denizens of the “One Nation” Labour party might choose to ignore their historical record in favour of hubris but the country won’t.

      • Nicholas

        Do you think it a “reasoned response” for a political party that was in power (with a large majority) for 13 years from 1997-2010 to put up the boast “Rebuilding Britain” at its conference after only two years of opposition to a coalition government struggling to tackle an inherited deficit and the most severe recession in over 70 years? I’d call that shameless.

        The inept, gauche and strange denizens of the “One Nation” Labour party might choose to ignore their historical record in favour of hubris but the country won’t.

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