They booed the Liberal Democrats, they booed the Tories. They all shouted “no” when asked rhetorical questions; Ed Miliband’s performance on the conference stage in Manchester yesterday had something distinctly panto about it.

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After they began not just booing, but actually hissing, at mention of Michael Gove’s name it would not have been surprising had Christopher Biggins walked on in a Widow Twankey outfit and complemented Eddie on his well endowed policy portfolio.

There was definitely scope to have a big picture of David Cameron holding wads of cash pop up on the screen at the back, so that the crowd could all chant “he’s behind you”, only for it to disappear when Eddie spun around.

You have to hand it to the hero of the performance however; he managed to appear human. It has only taken two and a half years. It was something Gordon Brown never achieved.

It’s ironic however that it took this long when you think of the leadership contest in which his supporters indirectly accused his brother David of speaking in wonkish terms, with placards that read “Ed speaks human”.

But at the end of the speech there was still uncertainty on just which part our hero was playing. Time will tell if he is prince charming, truly ready rescue to rescue the damsel party in distress, or Buttons, likeable but no giant killer.

7 comments

  • He reminds me of Wallace, the one with Grommet that is, I wrote to Blair last millenium and said if he didn't do anything about over-inflated house prices the boom would turn to bust, when Mugabe Brown was trying to get in the back door I again wrote to Blair and said if you go, and let him in the back door, you (Labour) will lose the next election, although it was closer than I expected, I saw the Olympics would provide a fiasco and so it did with G4S, and I now predict Milliband will never, ever, be Prime Minister, why Labour voted him in as leader is mind boggling. About time for a change anyway, MP's, councils, total waste, and they were 'introduced' to rid us of 'a' greedy, unfair monarch, now we have thousands of greedy, unfair mini-monarchs, hardly a leap forward, and as it turns out, none the better for the masses, much worse in fact. They can all go for all I care, voting people in will never work, as they'll never do what they need to, as they want to be voted in again, it's a flawed system though and through.

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    Jason Bunn

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • He is still guilty of not preventing the parachuting in of Blairites into parliamentary seats like Norwich North Dont tell me the members acted entirely democratically I nfluences from the Party machine were very obvious and sadly the members fell for the London influence again

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    No to tory boy

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Ed's now in clear waters sailing into no 10 on the centre-ground of opinion,vacated by Cameron's Tories and Clegg's Lib-Dems.The NHS is secured.Labour is now the only party who can guarantee their areas will not be the subject of privatisation of the police and transfer to big companies like G4S.Only the Labour party it seems has learnt from the Olympics in this respect.Private is not always good.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • At last Ed has got the point . On Anglia Tonight he dropped the line that all millionaires will be getting a 40K cheque from DC to, anyone earning over a million a year will be getting a tax break. Still not right though. With other tax changes anyone earning over a million may in actual fact be paying more in tax not less.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • No to tory boy - That`s the trouble when you start being all things to everyone. What do they say, " imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" The tories must be flattered this week to see Ed pinching so many of their policies. It`s usually the other way round. The governing party usually pinches the opposition`s good ideas.

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    BG

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Peter Watson - Huge swaths of the public sector are already privatised, not forgetting PFI contractors which account for the biggest privatisation of all. The police, prison service , Nhs, armed forces. You name it the private sector is already heavily involved including G4S. If you think for one moment that promises made by a party at their annual conference are for once going to be adhered to when Labour next gets into power then you need to think again. Once the euphoria has gone reality will set in and Ed will once again return to type.

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    BG

    Thursday, October 4, 2012

  • It took a long while but political hacks have a last begun to question Miliband about the myth he perpetuates at every opportunity that all millionaires will all receive 40K as a result of the reduction in the 50p tax band. The millionaire tax only relates to 6000 people who actually earn over a million a year. In actual fact, due to other tax changes, they may in the long run finish up paying more tax. Asset rich millionaires of which there are 350,000 (including Mr Miliband) won’t be receiving this mythical 40K. Any policy issues Miliband flirted with during his ramble were reworded versions of Coalition policies. As much as he likes to huff and puff Miliband has shown that just hasn`t a clue how to make his party look and feel different from either the Tories or the Lib Dems. The millionaire tax is already starting to cause him grief. Let`s see how much discomfort the tories cause him next week over the nicking of Disraeli’s, “One Nation.” Or should that be, we are all in this together?

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    BG

    Wednesday, October 3, 2012

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