New Labour is dead, the Iraq War was a mistake, and Labour were wrong to say they had ended boom and bust! Since Saturday’s leadership election result Ed Miliband has been quick to distance himself from the shaky legacy of New Labour but what are we to make of this new, Trade Union sponsored, left leaning Leader of the Labour Party?
In my opinion Ed is playing a risky game by attempting to brush the era of New Labour under the carpet without taking responsibility for the numerous mistake which were made. Hoping that he can dismiss the past and create this new image for the Labour Party completely separate from the New Labour era – Ed the British public are not the fools you take them for! Let us not forget that Ed was a Treasury adviser to Gordon Brown during the 90s and the early 2000s, yet he criticises Brown’s economic policy (a policy he influenced). He must take responsibility for the role he played in creating this economic mess, as an adviser, a cabinet minister and now Leader of the Party responsible.
Should we be worried about Red-Ed? I think the whole country should be concerned about the second largest party in British politics being lead by a man who was put in power by a Trade Union coup, ballot papers sent to union members with Red-Ed propaganda, is this really the new politics we want? No thanks Ed! He claims to be his own man but with the majority of MPs backing his brother during the election and shadow ministers torn between loyalty to their new Leader and the reputation of their ministerial record. When the time comes will Ed really be able to stand up to the Unions the source of his support base and his narrow 1.3% election victory.
“I get it” I don’t think you do Red-Ed, as he was making his less than inspiring speech, the IMF were complimenting the Coalition Government’s strategy of deficit reduction. The IMF described the deficit reduction plan as “essential” in supporting the UK’s debt position, and said it “supported a balanced recovery”. Moreover, this morning Business leaders and the Insitute of Directors have expressed their concerns about the damage Red-Ed’s Living wage and higher bank levy would have on enterprise. So Ed, I don’t think you do get it, you represent a Labour Party with its head in the clouds, no Fiscal credibility and not an ounce of responsibility.
Ed claims the Party is optimistic, lets bring them back down to reality. They lost the election, they lost 100 seats and 5 million voters since 1997! He wants this to be a one term government, to do that he would have to pull off a landslide of the same scale Blair achieved in 1997, and Tony Blair he isn’t!
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