Labour Party Conference Pleased with Milliband Speech.
Manchester will always hold a place in Ed Milliband’s heart. It was here in 2010, that he rose to the top of the Labour ladder and managed to beat his brother, who arguably at the time, was the more favourable brother to become leader of the Labour Party. Two years hence, Milliband has taken a lot of personal criticism, being branded “Mr Boring.” However, after two years of what he called “incompetent” government, Mr Milliband appeared to be taking steps to shake off the tag of an uninteresting, uninspiring leader.
As with every party conference season, one party throws heavy blows at the other, only for these to be returned in the following week. Therefore, it was a shock to hear Mr Milliband preach what he called “his story” at 11,000 party faithful.
The Labour Party leader seemed in good spirits as he spun stories of his son helping him write his speech with a suggestion of “more dinosaurs!” and of Republican hopefull Mitt Romney calling him “Mr Leader” during the recent visits.
The Labour Leader, whose Jewish parents fled Nazi Germany, then simply stood, rather openly and told, with intimate detail, about his life growing up in 1970’s Britain, the death of his friend Ruth First during the apartheid and how, despite growing up into a very religious family, he was not a man of “religion” but rather “faith” itself. Almost lyrically, Ed believes that “we should leave this world in a better place than we found it,” a message that Conservatives, Liberals and Socialists nationwide could surely agree on.
A reimage of the leader seemed the order of the day and Milliband seemed confident in his approach, standing not behind a podium like Boris Johnson and David Cameron would the next week , but openly, without paper, talking freely, jovially and exact, hitting home his message to electorate from Labour stronghold’s Manchester and Mansfield to Conservative safe seats.
Strangely, and rather unexpectedly, the Leader of the Opposition spoke, at length, about his One Nation views, an ideological view started by staunch Conservative, Benjamin Disraeli. Possibly in response to David Cameron’s failing “Big Society” promises, Milliband heralded Disraeli (despite being a “Tory” and his speech “taking three hours to deliver and getting through two glasses of Brandy”) as a hero of “patriotism, loyalty and dedication to the common cause” where people like his father, who served three years in the Royal Navy, succeeded in the defeat of fascism across Europe and the world.
“I didn’t become leader of the Labour Party to reinvent the world of Disraeli or Attlee” chirped Milliband “But I do believe in that spirit. A nation where everyone has a stake. Where we have a shared destiny, a shared endeavour and a common life that we lead together, ” a message that would resonate country wide, during a year that has seen the biggest gulf between rich and poor since the 1930’s. This was certainly a speech to rally the warring masses against a coalition government that has been called “out of touch with the people, as well as keeping the economy out of pocket.”
Speaking directly to those who voted for the Conservative party in 2010, Milliband said “I understand why you voted for [Cameron]. I understand why you turned away from the last Labour government.” Then, wielding a sharp sword, Milliband pointed out that “borrowing is rising not falling,” reiterating the point twice, with more vigour each time. Ed was clearly in good form and targeting Cameron’s failing policies economically and with the NHS. He then aimed his words at the banks, aiming to “end this casino culture” or “you will be broken up by law,” an incredibly strong threat from a man who has previously been described as weak.
Was this was the resurrection Labour had waited for from Ed Milliband? Yes. The resurrection of a Labour party with confidence and public support? Yes.
If this can carry on to the next election, maybe, Red Ed can be “Mr Leader” rather than “Mr Boring.” Scared yet David and George? I certainly would be.
Ed Milliband’s conference speech available at: