Old Labour, New Danger

If he wins the next election, Ed Miliband is set to unleash a radical Old Labour agenda

26 April 2014

9:00 AM

26 April 2014

9:00 AM

A cruel new joke is doing the rounds about Ed Miliband: that the Labour leader is like a plastic bag stuck in a tree. No one is sure how he got up there, but no one can be bothered to take him down. It’s one of many unfair gags, made on the premise that he is a laughing stock and, ergo, doomed in next year’s general election. Many a Tory comforts himself with the idea that Miliband is just too implausible, too weak, too trivial a figure to make it to 10 Downing Street.

Yet anyone wishing to dismiss him has to face some uncomfortable questions. Why, if he is such a joke, has Labour led in the opinion polls for three years solidly? And why has he been the bookmakers’ favourite to win the next general election for even longer? Foreign diplomats are wiring messages back home with the same message: the next British election may be a close-run thing, but Miliband does look as if he has the advantage. Not because he is a great politician, but simply due to the exigencies of the Westminster electoral system. The Liberal Democrat party has split, half of its voters have defected to Labour, so all he needs to do is limp to the finish line.

And once he gets there, we should not think that Miliband’s government would be a wishy-washy, Blair-lite government. His agenda is clear, radical, populist and (most worryingly of all) popular. His speeches are intellectually coherent, and clearly address the new problems of inequality. A wave of left-wing populism swept François Hollande to power in France and Bill de Blasio to power in New York, and Miliband believes that the same can be done here. And that one does not ride this wave by faffing about in the middle ground.

His analysis is potent because he correctly identifies the problem. There is major problem with the recovery, he says, in that the spoils are going to the richest, and it’s time to act. He’s quite right that when the crash came, the richest did not suffer with the rest. The price of mansions did not crash, nor did demand for luxury goods sag. As Ross Clark argues elsewhere in this issue, the prices of fine wine, paintings and Ferraris have soared — so the wealthiest have grown far more wealthy. Meanwhile, the average worker will have to wait until 2020 before the average salary returns to where it was in 2007.

There is a conservative explanation — that the culprit is not the free market, but massive government interference in the market pinning interest rates to the floor and sending asset prices to the stratosphere. But George Osborne does not talk about this. He prefers to avoid the wider issue of inequality. This leaves one of the most interesting debates of our times entirely open to Miliband.

His phrases, like ‘predistribution’, sound as if they are new ideas. But they conceal an audacious attempt to grave-rob Old Labour and exhume policies championed by Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock in 1983 and 1987. The philosophical underpinning is rehabilitated: that the free enterprise system does not work, and should be put under greater government control. That companies, bankers and markets have buggered up Britain — and it’s time for people, through Big Government, to fight back.

The totemic Miliband policy is the revival of Kinnock’s 1987 manifesto pledge to ‘reverse the extra tax cuts which the richest 5 per cent have received’. This time, it’s the 50p rate of tax that will be brought back — in spite of a complete lack of evidence that this would raise money. It was greed for tax revenue that led New Labour to leave the top rate at 40p, knowing this was the best way of extracting most cash. But Miliband isn’t taxing for revenue. He’s taxing for the applause of the electorate and he calculates that the more he beats up on bankers and the rich, the louder the masses will cheer.

And not just the bankers, but the banks too. In 1987, Kinnock only dared propose a ‘British Industrial Investment Bank’ to do the government’s bidding. Miliband not only promises a ‘British Investment Bank’, but would also have the government create two new chains of high street banks. As Simon Walker, head of the Institute of Directors, put it: ‘The last time the government told a bank what to do, Lloyds was ordered to sell branches to the Co-op’s Reverend Flowers. And we all know how that ended.’

But this is what marks Miliband out: he doesn’t care how the Co-op’s story ended. Nor do the coterie of academics, policy wonks and former ecclesiastical acolytes who surround him. They are set on breaking the mould of British politics, on the idea that Labour ‘need not accept an international status quo so manifestly riddled with injustice’ (again to quote the 1983 manifesto). When Miliband says his green policies will create a million jobs, he doesn’t consider studies which suggest that, in Spain, nine jobs were lost for every four ‘green jobs’ created. He doesn’t want to ask whether it’s feasible to set up two new banks: he just wants it done. And ‘on day one of a Labour government’.

Labour’s 1983 pledge to ‘ensure that everyone can afford adequate heat and light at home’ is to be magically made good by ordering energy companies to freeze bills. The 1983 demand for ‘a supply of appropriately qualified teachers’ has been revived in Miliband’s plan to root out teachers who do not have the union-approved ‘Qualified Teacher Status’. And Kinnock’s 1987 idea of a choice between ‘a United Kingdom or a divided kingdom’ has now been snappily compressed into ‘One Nation Labour’.

The 1983 Foot manifesto was dubbed the ‘longest suicide note in history’, but it was positively vague and lacking in detail compared to what Miliband offers now. He talks about ‘predator’ companies, and he gives us examples. Moneylenders, who offer short-term loans. People who make fixed-odds betting machines. Landowners, who stand accused of hoarding and thwarting housebuilding. Every month, another industry seems to join the list of ‘predators’. In fact, when Miliband talks about the future, he says very little about what he’d do with government. He talks about what he’d do to British business.

All this amounts to a blitz of regulation, edicts and interference — and this is where the ‘pre-distribution’ of wealth comes in. The soundbite has recently been spun into a doctrine by Tristram Hunt, his education spokesman (and, handily, a biographer of Engels). The limitation with New Labour, Hunt says, was that it restricted the government’s role to mere taxation. And yes, it did that a lot — Britain now redistributes almost as much through the tax system as Scandinavia. But Miliband’s Labour will go to the next level and fine-tune society so as to change ‘the way the market distributes its rewards in the first place’.

To his credit, Hunt does not pretend that interference at this level is being attempted in any free country. As he puts it, Labour now poses a ‘significant challenge to the traditional political methodology of social democracy’. This is a polite way of saying that Britain would be turned into a policy laboratory for an experiment in the massive expansion of government powers. The fate of François Hollande’s France gives a glimpse of what we could expect when a former backroom boy who wants to play the radical actually gets elected.

But few can deny that, in an age when voters complain that all the parties sound the same, Miliband is offering something genuinely different. He has faith in the power of ideas, at a time when Tories seem to have lost interest in ideas. It may have been 31 years since Michael Foot went to the country promising to challenge the ‘international status quo so manifestly riddled with injustice’ — but Miliband is bold enough to think that, in a country midway through the worst recovery in history, there may be a market for all this now. And most terrifyingly of all, he might be right.

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  • Charles

    Pedantically, Foot ran 31 years ago, not 21.

    Substantively, I think he’ll try. Hollande lasted about 9 months in France before he performed an elegant volte face, but it was clear the way the tide was flowing sometime before that. Miliband will be lucky to make that.

    • Liberty

      In France, even Hollande could not import 10,000,000 to vote Socialist. But Labour did and will again. They don’t care about the squeals of the working class or anyone else, they will have the votes and more EU socialism and those two trump everything. It will all end in economic collapse as usual but that will be another job for the Tories [if UKIP lets them] to sort out then people will feel safe enough to vote Labour again, as always. Labour voters never learn.

      • Chalcedon

        Why should they learn? a vast number are on benefits.

        • Kaine

          I thought we were all public sector workers, metropolitan journalists, union barons and job-stealing immigrants? Maybe we’re just better at multi-tasking.

          • berosos_bubos

            There are those that receive benefits, public sector workers on final salary pensions to whom the private sector worker contributes to, more than their own pensions, and the immigrant who wishes to bring in his extended family. It makes little difference to any of the three sectors as to who is the Labour party leader, as long as their own selfish interests will continue to be met.

          • whs1954

            You are leeches, and will reflexively vote to protect your leeching. All Miliband has to do, if elected in 2015, is add to the numbers dependent on either benefits or state employment and hey presto, a client state to keep him in.

            All Labour need to do at any election is screech “The Tories will cut your benefits!” at the leeches and they will troop out to save themselves from economic reality. This was Gordon Brown’s strategy throughout his time at the Treasury, and is why we failed to win a majority in 2010.

            The ultimate solution may have to be disfranchisement, rather than let our country go to ruin under governments elected by the votes of those who take-take-take and don’t want to face the fact it’s unsustainable.

          • Kaine

            People on benefits don’t tend to vote, unless you’re referring to pensioners. The economically and socially disaffected, as well as the young who are more inclined to vote Labour, are what make up that third of the electorate who habitually don’t turn out on polling day. You’re already living in your Galtian paradise where the poor don’t vote mate. If 18 to 34 year olds voted in the same proportions as the over 65s every election would be a Labour landslide.

          • Damon

            Yes, but that’s only because people in the bracket 18-25 tend to be chronically lazy and politically naive.

          • Kaine

            Seems they don’t have that driving sense of wanting to watch the world burn that pensioners have.

    • sarah_13

      The prospect is really toooo depressing. The result will be collapse of confidence and business and ultimately civil unrest because to extricate ourselves from his policies will be difficult. The reason he is likely to win the election is because of all the left wing place people as head of every quango in the country and the bbc spouting “bedroom tax” every five minutes left by the last labour government. The sad thing is the majority of people just want to earn enough money to live. They aren’t interested in theoretical politics like Miliband and his “professor gurus”. Largely because outside of a university colloquium they simply do not resonate with real life and require a universal consensus, and when it does not have the consensus it will force it on the majority because “the left knows best”. I wish the ukip voters would see that to get rid of the lib dems and get the policies to get us back on track we need a majority tory government. For goodness sake, we can’t afford a Miliband led government!

      • berosos_bubos

        It is Cameron who is the king-maker as he has been driving Lib Dems back to Labour, he should never have given them power.
        There is still time but Cameron and Osborne need to be much more aggressive. It is white van man that they need to target. They need to raise the level at which the 40% band starts.

  • david trant

    The disaster of energy privatisation the greatest criminal conspiracy to defraud the British people ever devised is Miliband’s route to power convince the voters that you will get the Energy Mafias hands off the throat of the country and you are home and dry.

    • DavidInScotland

      Er. No it isn’t. The UK has the fourth lowest energy cost per unit in Europe. The greatest energy conspiracy is the level of subsidy for renewables schemes: yesterday’s announcement of 8 new generation schemes lock in subsidy of £70-90 per MWh – where the wholesale price for electricity last winter was £53 per MWh.

      • Des Demona

        So we have the forth worst energy gangsters. Surely we can do better!
        The Germans and the Danes are paying the highest in Europe, we can’t let them beat us!

      • Tom M

        UK energy costs, very true and largely overlooked by the political commentators in general and david trant in particular.
        Green subsidies? Defy logic.

  • Kitty MLB

    I remember Milipede getting very exited when Hollande was supposed to lead the great return of socialism to France…Hmmm ! now they have placed Le Pen to their
    I don’t think a cross between his hero Marx, and Moribund and Rasputin will really
    do it for the electorate. The UK has moved on from Old- Labour ( even Labour new that old Labour could not win elections) in fact we have moved on from that incompetent, inverted, hate filled, greedy and utterly pointless party.
    Although at least the likes of Foot had principles, maybe Milipede was born in the wrong time and that’s one of the reasons the electorate find him weird.

    • Damon

      “[I]n fact we have moved on from that incompetent, inverted, hate filled, greedy and utterly pointless party.”

      Oh, how I wish, wish, wish that were true. But I fear it isn’t.

  • Bill Edmunds

    If David Cameron is such a vote-winner why isn’t he doing more to win the Euro Vote or The Scottish Referendum? This priceless asset who is so popular that he will win the General Election despite the unpopularity of the Tory Party did not do very well at Eastleigh. After a week of Cameron’s Magic Touch campaigning the Tories came third. If the Euro Elections go as predicted and the Local Elections are also a disaster the Tory Backbenchers will panic and give Lame Duck Dave the Thatcher Treatment.

    • Alexsau91

      Euro, by-elections and local elections are commonly used to punish the incumbent government. Turn out is incredibly low, as most people don’t participate care unless they are choosing a government. This was true under Thatcher, Blair, and virtually every Prime Minister in modern political history.

      I’m surprised you mention Eastleigh when the Liberal Democrats won it. By that are you suggesting that Clegg was widely popular? No, the Lib Dems won it because the Liberal Democrats are very good at holding onto seats, UKIP were runners up as they were the main party of protest AND had wide popular support, from a leader far more popular than Cameron.

      Don’t fool yourself, the Tories wont give Cameron the ‘Thatcher treatment’ this close to an election. Expectation are being carefully managed, by both governing parties – the Lib Dems for example, keep stating they might be wiped out.

  • James Allen

    There’s a fair amount of journalistic license going on here. The main parties are so close economically – and you have to lump Ukip in with them at this stage – there will be virtually no difference who gets in on the average taxpayer. Only the mega-rich and the Spectator’s wealthier readership need fear Ed Miliband. Government spending is already at 50% of GDP; there’s little room for it to grow without the markets forcing a change of policy!

  • Grytpype

    “that the free enterprise system does not work, and should be put under greater government control. That companies, bankers and markets have buggered up Britain”

    True. Next??

    • Ahobz

      No, McDoom, Testicle and Milliprat as New Liebore’s Treasury team caused it by running a cheap money policy. A cheap money policy always leads to poor lending decisions by banks and then a bust.

  • Des Demona

    ”His agenda is clear, radical, populist and (most worryingly of all) popular.”
    So…. his policies are popular, in that voters like them? And that is worrying? I thought that was called democracy?
    It might be ”worrying” to the fat cats who have been bleeding this country dry over the years, but for the ordinary voter in the street I’d suggest it is certainly not worrying.

    • Damon

      Or the civil servants, benefit scroungers, hospital administrators, local government pen-pushers , health ‘n’ safety officials, lawyers, academics and BBC employees who have been bleeding this country dry over the years?

      • anosrep

        The only ones of those who can be said to have been “bleeding the country” are civil servants, hospital administrators and BBC employees, and only the very most senior and highest paid few of them, not the vast majority who work hard at useful jobs for modest (and, for years, frozen) pay – and even those very few have been ‘bleeding’ us on nowhere near the scale of tax-dodging super-rich top bankers and other businessmen.

        Oh, and benefit “scroungers”? They don’t exist (apart from the royal family). They are a lie invented by the loony right media.

        • Robert

          So benefit scroungers don’t exist? Are you for real?? Seriously? 200 billion a year on welfare payments, the majority of that money going to prop less than 10 per cent of the population?? There was a time only recently when one household in 20 had an adult who had never worked… what have they lived on for all that time?
          Answer benefits…..

          • anosrep

            You do know the majority of the social security budget goes to pensioners? And most of the rest goes to people who work?

  • Morris Ox

    Re-read your 1970s history, Grytype. Revel in the glorious successes of Meriden, Chrysler, British Leyland and all those other industrial champions lavishly supported by the blessed Benn’s National Enterprise Board.
    Then acknowledge that government is eminently capable of competing with banks in the bugger-it-up stakes

  • Raw England

    Ed Miliband and the Leftist/foreign Labour party can beaten, massively, by showing their unwillingness to stop immigration.

    Immigration is by far the biggest priority of native English.

    They must be discredited, constantly.

    Play them at their own game: Use ANY and ALL underhand means to discredit them.

    People need to know that, if Labour come to power, Muslims and the black community will become even more powerful.

    • Shazza

      The Conservatives do not have the cojones to confront the immigration situation – they are still terrified of being seen as ‘The Nasty Party’ – also, they are trying to woo the black/moslem middle class vote.

      Sadly, Farage has not tackled this either – again I feel, because of the possible ‘racist’ smear being sent into overdrive by the MSM etc. This situation may change as UKIP’s fortunes increase.

      • Raw England

        He’s gone way, way too moderate. He’s falling into the trap of thinking Londoners represent actual British people.

        RE Kay Burley/Farage Sky interview: I couldn’t actually believe I was really seeing Kay stating, over and over, that putting British people first in Britain was ‘racist’. Farage was unbelievably weak and passive to her. He had the chance to remind her that she, along with the rest of London, hold the tiny, tiny minority view.

        UKIP are, at best, the new party of the Centre.

        • you_kid

          Ex-bankers are the real problem, Nigella.
          Many lost their jobs and had to leave the country or find a new line of work. Like our current Culture Secretary – can you believe it? He is a Church Commissioner controlling over 120,000 acres of prime British Church Commission land.

          Now go on – I need to see you go off on one, otherwise I will not believe a word you say . . . give it your best shot.

          • Raw England

            Your stance always confuses me, though.

            I do hate the Bankers, but they’re a drop in the ocean compared to what immigration and Liberalism has cost us.

          • you_kid

            The *culture* of banking. That has not changed.
            We now have a highly-respected Secretary of State, he *was* a banker, he still is *cultured* – that is why he now controls Church assets.

            You love it? A-mazing, dude. You are my hero. You cannot possibly mean anything you state.

          • berosos_bubos

            The public sector deficit is largely caused by large sections of the banking sector being shut down. Please suggest 100 billion of annual cuts that you can recommend to make up the short-fall.

          • you_kid

            That is a very interesting assertion, £100bn pa you say? Can you back it up with any reputable source. It would be greatly appreciated.

          • LimesOut


        • Shazza

          I was pulling my hair out during that interview – Burley is the perfect example of the smug Metropolitan elite that has been totally unaffected by immigration. Farage had lots of opportunities to put her in her place but he failed. I could sense his frustration but hopefully he is keeping his powder dry.
          Until such time that people like Kay Burley are affected adversely by immigration, nothing will be done to stem the flow.

        • repealit1975

          ur being sarcastic right?

    • Mike Barnes

      How can the Conservatives win an election on immigration exactly?

      “Tens of thousands” Dave just saw net migration increase to over 200k last year.

      His immigration failure is almost as bad as his economic failure.

      • Damon

        His “economic” failure? You make me laugh.

    • MrHarryLime

      The fact that this is the most popular post under this article has my mind boggling. This is shameful.

      • dmitri the impostor

        The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men’.

        Luke 18:11

        • MrHarryLime

          It’s shameful. The idea that Miliband’s background is something that he should be ashamed of, or that would cost him votes, is neanderthal. The idea that Muslims and black people are too powerful is so deluded I hardly know where to begin. This is bile.

          • Kaine

            If someone from the New Statesmen online team had crafted a character to make Spectator readers look like racist reactionaries they couldn’t really do a better job.

          • berosos_bubos

            Try walking around some districts wearing certain tee-shirts and see what happens.

    • Kaine

      Speaking as a born and bred Mancunian, you have no right to associate the wonderful people of the North of England with your sub-Stormfront bull.

  • Colin

    I’m not that interested in what tory MPs think about miliband’s chances and to be honest, I don’t really care about the polls. The bookies ? That’s a different matter. If i were a tory MP, or a sentient British citizen, I wouldn’t begin to breathe easy until the bookies have him down to lose.

    Hollande is living proof that any t!t can be elected.

    • anosrep

      “Hollande is living proof that any t!t can be elected.”

      You misspelled “Cameron”. Oh, sorry, that joke doesn’t work – he wasn’t elected.

      • Colin

        Well, anusrep. Compared to miliband, Cameron is a political colossus.

  • MikeF

    An ‘Old Labour’ government would be bad for the country and would doubtless do a lot of damage. The real danger is of a redoubled ‘New Labour’ agenda of multiculturalist suppression of free speech. That might be a catastrophe.

    • Kaine

      What is it you want to say about people that you currently feel unable to say?

      • MikeF

        Nothing – I will say what I think as I see fit and no socialist will ever stop me from doing so.

        • Kaine

          So there is no suppression then.

          • MikeF

            There is plenty of it but none where I am concerned.

          • Kaine

            Do you have some special talisman that keeps away the thought police who suppress everyone else?

          • MikeF

            Right now you it would seem

  • saffrin

    This article is incredible.
    The only point I agree with is the plastic bag stuck in a tree remark. Milliband a great politician, Oh please, where did that come from?
    “His agenda is clear, radical, populist and (most worryingly of all) popular.”
    Since when has Milliband had a policy other than to comply with every EU demand let alone one that is popular with the people?

    Jeeze, they don’t even recognise the wreckage they left behind last time they were let loose on the country and yet Fraser Nelson, bless him, thinks they’d make a good Government next time around.

  • Terry Field

    This and other journalists are limbering up in anticipation of the success of Billimand next election.
    SO, flatter the inadequate little prat in anticipation of access to write more cretinously trivial and inadequate articles.

    • Kaine

      I hope your adopted land is as tolerant of immigrants like yourself as the commentators on here are.

      • Terry Field

        I am fluent in that countries language, am financially independent but, yes, it is civilised and open-hearted. As Britain has been , but, I fear, no longer wishes to be.

  • MrHarryLime

    Okay, the rise in the top rate of tax is Old Labour, and so is the price freeze to be forced on the energy companies. But most of the other stuff is the kind of bland, neutral guff that all parties stick in their manifestos.

    Wanting teachers to be qualified in teaching? There’s an argument against that, but let’s not pretend it’s a radical or extremist notion. Creating an investment bank for business and two new High St banks? That is the received wisdom, not radicalism. It’s a commonplace that businesses struggle to borrow in the current climate and that High St banks got too big. I’ve seen that argument advanced all over the right-wing press in the last six years. As for posing as a ‘One Nation’ politician, if that’s now evidence of Marxist zeal then I assume that Macmillan and Heath were Kremlin plants being run by Kim Philby.

    Miliband is what he appears to be: a bit to the left of New Labour, roughly in the kind of territory Kinnock and John Smith occupied.

    • SuperCruise

      ” Wanting teachers to be qualified in teaching? There’s an argument against that, but let’s not pretend it’s a radical or extremist notion.”

      It is an underhand attack on the independent education sector.
      An attempt to gain more control over independent schools.
      Never underestimate the mendacity of the left.

      • David Lindsay

        With Sir Chris Woodhead’s school now under international investigation for having harboured a prolific pederast, isn’t the lack of Local Authority “interference” looking splendid?

        Councils have not in fact run schools since 1988, an entire 26 years ago.

        When Michael Gove suggests that they still do, then he is lying.

        When the likes of Toby Young suggest it, then they simply do not know what they are talking about.

        Being media apparatchiki, Gove and Young are both permitted and enabled to get away with it. Heaven forfend that they might be held accountable.

        But, of course, the Local Authority has never had the slightest involvement in the Southbank International School.

        And that has worked out well.

        Hasn’t it?

      • Kaine

        Everything is a conspiracy, there are no coincidences, the cake is a lie…

  • David Lindsay

    John Smith had a comfortable poll lead at the time of his death, and Tony Blair never increased that. He merely inherited it. People have wanted this since the autumn of 1992. They have had a very long wait, but they are finally going to get it.

    • john p reid

      Not strictly true, smith did have a Poll lead of 13% a year before he died! one opinion poll a week before smith died Had labour on. 1% lead, at some stages during the next three years blair had a 30% lead , and Labour won in 1997;with a 13.3%

    • manonthebus

      Yes, Old Labour was so helpful to the UK in the 1970s that I’m amazed that all those trade union barons were not declared saints.

      • Terry Field

        More than one was the Patron Saint of the Kremlin drinks cupboards.

    • Terry Field

      They sure are gong to get it! You are right there!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andy M

    The reason Labour lead in opinion polls, is because nobody likes the taste of decent medicine. The public are hurting from the reforms brought in to tidy up the mess Labour made. As such they are biting the hand that feeds them in the opinion polls. But I suspect, or I hope, that this is a protest and that come the real elections they will vote for ‘the devil they know’ who have been sorting out the mess, rather than Labour. Or, in an ideal world, they would vote UKIP.

  • Kaine

    Spectacularly good article. Fraser gives a clearer and more comprehensive argument for EdM than any Guardian columnist has written in the last four years. Has enthused me no end.

  • Peter Stroud

    An excellent article, Fraser. What you are really saying is that Miliband is f@@@@@g idiot.

  • Mike Sivier

    My response, published on the Vox Political blog. Do you dare to read a dissenting view? http://wp.me/p262ZD-1vb

  • ohforheavensake

    Good. Makes me want to vote for the guy.

  • Ostercy

    (a) Not true – Miliband is a Blairite now
    (b) What is Fraser Nelson’s secret agenda? New Tories, Old Thatcherism

  • Damon

    Lovely picture to open this article. I do hope the Tories can use it.

  • anosrep

    “If he wins the next election, Ed Miliband is set to unleash a radical Old Labour agenda”

    Oh, I wish that were true. Unfortunately for what’s left of Fraser Nelson’s credibility, and even more unfortunately for the country, it isn’t.

  • Liberalism is Nonsense

    If liberty did not reveal that certain decisions lead to better results than others, then much of the argument for liberty would disappear.

  • Raimo Kangasniemi

    That’s just democracy – it’s good that there are wider range of options for voters available than just the Thatcher-Blair line.

  • La Ritournelle – grrrrrrrrr…


  • La Ritournelle – grrrrrrrrr…

    I know it pains the right wing but, despite the gargantuan efforts to rubbish and demean Ed Miliband, he and his party keep coming out in front! I mean, how dare he offer popular and populist policies aimed at returning some equality back into this country!!?? I think FN is a bit confused, I mean, really, invoking the spirits of Foot and Kinnock to try and paint EdM as some kind of ‘crazed Left Wing radical’?? It’s a bit lame. Heaven forfend!! Let’s face it Fraser, the Tories are in hopeless disarray, UKIP is causing all sorts of trouble for them and the Lib Dems are possibly the most despised people in the country after the Tories.

  • Ivan Richardson

    Why should Milliband do ANYTHING yet? Cameron and his braying boors are doing very well for Labour and Osborne can wallow in the calm before the storm. There is no sustainable recovery because it is built upon wet sand. As for IDS. How can someone who has been found out as a habitual LIAR on his CV be employed as a minister? The man is a bare faced LIAR and the proof is there for all to see.

  • Ivan Richardson

    So Cameron is the only leader not prepared to take part in a live debate between the leaders. Is this because the Tory party can simply outspend the others in any election. Strange that they bleat on about Union donations to Labour and yet the Tory party is bankrolled by big business and the wealthy who want a place at lunch with Cameron.

  • SouthOhioGipper

    I’m so sick of international socialism making a comeback. The only solution to the problem is armed revolt. When the.confiscators come to takr half your income, shoot them.

  • Charlene Weshley

    Although the threat of coercion is required to prevent lawless behavior, the liberty school recognizes that centralized coercive power should be minimized to prevent its abuse by the ignorant and the wicked.