Ed Miliband: ‘this will be a one-term government’ (The Observer)
Don’t bank on it, Ed – not unless your party finds itself a leader who isn’t a Tory in the wrong-coloured tie, and who hasn’t completely lost track of what being leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition means.
What it means, Ed, is that you don’t embrace pretty much every Tory policy while giving them an occasional kicking in PMQs, in the hope we won’t notice the reality. Ditto Osborne – even someone like you, who mostly fails to understand the concept of opposition, couldn’t avoid giving him a good seeing-to after having been presented with such a huge target as his egregious budget.
Something else you don’t do, Ed, is repeat the lies from Cameron and IDS about how the sick and disabled are “dragging this country down”. You promised they’d stop – but they still keep popping up, like bubbles in a cess-pit.
I believe that if you remain leader of the Labour Party, there’s every chance of Cameron being returned with a working majority in 2015 – and if that happens the workhouses and camps for the sick and disabled (because they’ll be more cost-effective than paying benefits), will go up with a speed and propaganda campaign that will make your head spin.
And it will be your fault for failing, utterly, to create a credible gap between your policies and those of Cameron and co. Not to mention surrounding yourself with a cabinet personally hand-picked by you, in consequence of which none of them are likely to tell you what you need to know (though I don’t see how you can’t possibly know) – which is that you’ve made your party into ToryLite, and that is simply not acceptable to the rank and file of your party.
Nor is the excuse that Blair started the process even remotely viable, should you be tempted – that you chose to continue the trend, rather than reverse it, was entirely your choice.
In 2015, Bradford might turn out not to have been a blip at all.
Have a nice day.