Listening to Ed Miliband’s conference speech, I was stuck by the similarity of one section of it to that of another speech given by someone else who’s taught at Harvard: law professor Elizabeth Warren. Today, in Manchester, Miliband spoke of ‘the system’ not working in much the same way as Warren — now running for the United States Senate — spoke of ‘the system’ being rigged in her speech at the Democratic National Convention last month. Just compare the two clips:
They even both cited oil companies as an example of who is rigging the system.
And while I’m at it, there was also something familiar about the section of Miliband’s speech where, after attacking the government’s policies, he mocked ‘There is one thing that this government might have claimed to be good at. And that’s competence’.
Just look at what Nick Clegg had to say about Gordon Brown’s government at the Lib Dem conference in Liverpool, back in 2008:
‘But at least people thought he would be able to manage things with a little competence.
‘Then look what happened. A bottled election. Northern Rock. Party funding scandals. Data losses. This government had the audacity to advise every family in Britain to get a paper shredder, to protect them from identity fraud – and then proceeded to lose more of our personal data than any government in the history of the world.
‘But there’s worse. Remember last autumn, after the election-that-never-was? Alistair Darling stole a policy from the Tories and announced an inheritance tax cut that will help only the richest 6% of people. And do you know where they found the money? If the reports are true, they scrapped a plan they’d been developing all summer. A plan to cut child poverty. The future of hundreds of thousands of children sold down the river because the Labour party sold its soul and became the second Conservative party. Money taken from the poorest kids and given to the richest adults, no questions asked.
‘Gutless, heartless, incompetent.’
Indeed, that’s from the same Clegg speech as the section on bureaucracy that Miliband aped in his speech last year. He was obviously very impressed.Tags: Ed Miliband, Labour, Labour conference 2012, UK politics