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Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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.
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.