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David Miliband

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Ten things we may not know about the South Shields MP

  • 1. David went to state comprehensive schools in Leeds and London – No mention of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford or his S.M. degree in Political Science at MIT, nor his frequent visits to Mortimer Community College in South Shields. Surely he isn’t trying to hide his geek credentials?
  • 2. David was Secretary to the Commission on Social Justice, set up by John Smith, which led to Labour’s minimum wage and better rights for families. – Shame then that the gap between rich and poor got wider under a Labour government that he was so prominent in.
  • 3. As Environment Secretary, David spearheaded the Climate Change Bill – setting the world’s first legally binding framework for cutting emissions. – Pity that there is still no real consensus on the science, well to be honest there seems to be greater doubts,  nor much criticism of the shameful actions at the University of East Anglia.
  • 4. David was behind ‘Building Schools for the Future’ a programme to rebuild and refurbish every secondary school in the country and he helped introduce thousands of new teaching assistants to the classroom – Thanks for giving us the plethora of PFIs and adding to the nation’s massive debt problem, it didn’t improve discipline at school either, in fact things are so great in the new schools that some favoured head teachers, who can get themselves promoted on MIliband’s leaflets, introduce sloppy uniforms in response to pupils’ untidy dress standards, go figure!
  • 5. As Foreign Secretary David has stood up for human rights in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Middle East and spoke out against the invasion of Lebanon by Israel – Yet he fails to defend the human rights of British people incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay without good evidence, and where there is any evidence he prefers that judges don’t see it just in case we might think there was any collusion in torture! Oh and then there is the problem of the displaced Chagossians, what happened to their rights?
  • 6. David was a major contributor to Labour’s manifesto for the 1997 General Election which brought the party to power after 18 years in opposition – Well at least we know who to blame now!
  • 7. David was the first Foreign Secretary to write a blog – Wow! Did you ever read it? Inspiring eh?
  • 8. As a supporter of Arsenal FC David’s favourite player of all time is Dennis Bergkamp – Bergkamp was design with nose like Pinnochio’s, it would suit many a politician, but the revelation that he enjoyed the sensation of watching a foreign born footballer earning a small fortune in the Premiership is not enough to sway me into thinking that Miliband ought to be Leader of the Opposition.
  • 9. David’s favourite book is the Gruffalo and his favourite poem is Roots and Wings – Err…right……kids stuff, but we all knew it wasn’t the Green Book detailing Parliamentarian’s allowable expense claims.
  • 10. David’s snack of choice is a Twirl – Ha, and we thought it was a banana!

Emphasis/fisk is mine

From Miliband major’s latest new campaign website (he has a lot of time on his hands these days to set up new websites). His kid brother is a bit more cleaner cut, but surely we’d prefer to see Ed Balls running the show eh?

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Written by curly

May 27, 2010 at 7:07 pm

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  1. So never had a proper job, been sucking on the public teat all the time. Comes fron an academic Marxist priviledged background, thus ideal to lead the peoples party

    Jon Gregory

    May 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  2. You’ve certainly done your homework here. Are you going to do the same with the other Labour leadership candidates?

    Ellee

    June 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm

  3. Make that item 3!

    Bryan

    June 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm


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