When struggling into work at 5am this morning, to continue the radical life of sleep deprived baker, I usually spend the first few moments listening to the news headlines on the radio. Celebrate gossip and nonsense tend to torment my insomniac soul, but the political stories aim to provide informative facts for potential blog posts, etc.
Well, I had none of that this morning. If you arrived in this country, with no knowledge of current events, you would have no idea Labour are holding an annual conference and Ed Miliband just spoke to the country. Was not mentioned once on BBC Radio One.
In all it’s been a grotesque and mangled dying corpse, with the press occasionally poking it with a stick; many journalists hoped for something proactive. They didn’t get it.
Only reaction was, in fact, reactionary. Ivan Lewis, the soon to be late shadow culture secretary, took 1984 rather too literal and invoked the will to restrict the free press. Unsurprisingly, Ed’s team quickly killed the story. Much to Ivan’s embarrassment, who is currently still defending himself on Twitter. Two hours before the ‘big speech’ the BBC ran the headline “Ban Errant Journalists – Labour”….
And when that moment finally arrived – disaster struck. The mandarins and apparatchiks were denied entry into the People’s Congress due to the unfortunate prospect of ‘ruining Ed’s camera shot’. Marvelous. What a brilliant way to be treated by the party leadership. I’m surprised Labour members didn’t start booing their leader…
…Well, that’s what they did. When Tony Blair, the most successful Labour Prime Minister ever and never lost an election, was mentioned. Confused? The entire press core were and most likely the country, too. And speaking of the country, since when have we been covert socialists? hating bankers equals hating capitalism according to Ed Miliband, who effectively went to the left of Michael Foot.
The People’s Congress rapturously applauded as they waved good bye to the London Mayoral Election, General Election 2015, the centre ground, the British public, planet Earth and sanity. Calling the Left wing ‘new centre-ground’ does not make it the centre ground. Something Labour are about to find out. Tories tried that scenario from 1997 – 2001.
Am I being too cruel? The morning after and no senior coalition figure has felt the need to comment on the speech. With his failure to make the front pages, headlines and even gain positive reviews, the government has nothing to add to the current criticism. Which is the biggest condemnation for Ed Miliband; your rivals think the content was so empty, that none of it required a response.
The speech made one impact, though. The press no longer thinks Ed Miliband is a “socialist”, they honestly think he is a socialist.