I listened to the entire speech given by the newly minted NewEd - a man who appeared to have forgotten that he wrote the last Labour manifesto and was part of a government that brought in fairly repressive anticivlib laws. Guardian summary
Be that as it may – I am a pragmatist. I understand the phenomenon where politicians develop a form of politico-amnesia and forget the past, using a fantastic loss at an election as some form of *absolution*
To my ear, the speech was remarkable – I sat marvelling at my desk, counting cliches and realised, as I am in my fifties, that *we* are not part of The Ambassador from The Planet F**k’s constituency. That is just fine by me.
Sorry… it doesn’t make me a bad person – but I do believe that David Miliband would have made a better leader – and he certainly wouldn’t have made a crass speech like that. Hey ho…. who cares what I think? I don’t even care what I think on this issue - the next election of government isn’t until 2015. The next election of a Labour leader may be before that? We shall see.
Always a pleasure to tweet with polbloggers – even if they are tribal!
David Miliband was right to ask Harriet Harman QC … why is she clapping….
Apologise for it…? No problem…. Acknowledge illegality…? – which Ed did not… he just said it was *wrong* with the percipience of a politician on the make….. shocking, really….. but Ed did not vote for for the Iraq war (he wasn’t an MP then) – although he was quite happy to serve in a Government later…and may well have been on the barricades, prominently, expressing the view, while a Cabinet Minister, that he thought the Iraq war was wrong and illegal? I accept that the definition of *wrong* and *illegal* are quite different. I shall have a Google later……