Labour pains

The Plastic Hippo

Waiting for a bus or a train or for a utility company to answer the wretched telephone might be irritating but is obviously not as urgent as waiting for a midwife. So, after three years, four months and 19 days of almost silence as Her Majesty`s Loyal Opposition, actual Labour policies have at last arrived in style carried on a fleet of buses each one packed with jubilant midwives.

Ed Miliband has certainly been working on his presentation style. Although echoes of the sulking teenager not allowed to go the V Festival remained, his performance in Brighton at times harked back to an age before “socialism” was a dirty word and a guarantee of electoral annihilation. Apart from the weak self deprecation, unfunny jokes, the mandatory reference to mother, wife and children and the inevitable politics by anecdote, his speech was really rather good and contained, whisper it softly, actual…

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