Miliband launch fails to inspire!
Veteran Labour blogger sees its faults as well as positives
Hopi Sen is as socialist as they come, a long time Labour supporter and loyal party worker at one time too, he knows much about David Miliband and confesses to having played a small part in the manoeuvring to foist Tony Blair’s man on the people of South Shields. Reading through Hopi’s post today one can immediately see that Mr. Miliband’s speech rolled out to a selected audience at the Customs House in South Shields this morning didn’t exactly excite the Labour blogger, he uses phrases such as:
- “The first thing to note was how nakedly intellectual a speech it was.”
- “it was less passionate and rousing than other speeches will be”
- “David needs to develop a different type of speech to complement this one”
- “the structure of his speech might be a factor in his ability to unleash animation and emotion.”
Hopi spends four or five paragraphs covering the substance of Mr. Miliband’s speech, I seriously don’t know how he managed that, my reading of Miliband’s words tell me that it was vacuous and empty, full of clever sound bites that mean a lot to him and nothing to anyone else, what, for example does this mean?
I believe we need a market economy but not a market society
What on earth is a market society?
I am part of a modern generation. Idealistic not dogmatic. But traditional in this regard: I believe above all else in the power of progressive ideas to make the world a better place.
As a layman this sounds like an appeal to all and sundry, the modern, the idealistic, the traditional, the progressive, “Mr. All Things To All Men”, like many a politician he lacks a firm conviction and the only conviction that glows somewhere deep down inside is a hunger for power, but unfortunately on the two occasions in the past when the chalice has been pushed his way he has rebuffed it. I sense a lack of decisive drive and ambition that the political animal needs to survive when scrapping at the highest tables.
Miliband’s manner of delivery does little at all to inspire and I think Hopi gets this, but he hopes for something better to come along as Miliband’s campaign seriously starts to roll out, hence the suspension of his irritation, like me he sees that Ed Miliband will be received better by his audiences who perceive far less “geekiness” in the younger brother’s appeal, and this will be important in garnering the votes of union members. You are right Hopi Sen, a uni Mili would be by far a better proposition. For me, I’d rather see a combative Labour Leader along the lines of Ed Balls to balance the mellifluous tones of the love in of Dave ‘n’ Nick, but for now the betting money is firmly on the South Shields MP to win this battle for the top spot in the Labour Party.
I wonder what South Shields members of the Labour Party thought of David Miliband’s launch this morning, little or nothing has been reported about their reactions – were you there? What were your thoughts? Would you prefer someone other than your MP to lead your party?