petej + browngordon   51

The making of Ed Miliband | Politics | The Guardian
"The project had necessarily been marked by compromise. It had become a hybrid of New, Blue and Brown Labour. The slate of retail policy may not, to many on the left, look equivalent in scale to the mission of rewriting Britain’s social and economic order – a higher minimum wage, apprenticeships, a gentler trajectory of budget consolidation to protect public services, more midwives, free nursery places and nurses. Some of it looked like old-fashioned redistributive social democracy: taxing the very rich to pay for the NHS.

But for Miliband these were emblems of intent – flares sent up to illuminate the motive that had impelled him to run for the leadership five years earlier. Opposition had imposed severe constraints, not least the obligation to publish a manifesto whose first page delivered a commitment to budget discipline. But Miliband felt that need not extinguish Labour’s fervour for radical change. And he has revealed enough evangelical ability at the end of the journey for the party to get behind him with more relish than it had previously shown. Miliband often struggled to be heard, but he never lost sight of what it was he wanted to say.

Whether less partisan voters see it that way is another matter. Miliband has not amassed a great army of followers along the way; at times it felt more like a siege than a crusade. But for his small band of trusted advisers, it has been a triumph of intellectual consistency over political volatility. They see a potential prime minister whose platform is a concrete extension of the idea that brought them together in 2010: a belief that Labour could win without compromising its historic determination to fashion a more equal society.

If he fails, there will be no shortage of critics ready to point out the flaws in the original idea and its subsequent execution. Yet none can deny that there is a principled resilience that has driven him on. If Miliband makes it to Downing Street, it will be a vindication of his earliest conviction – that his vision for Britain would, in time, vanquish doubts about its bearer. “If you let that side of you shine through,” Axelrod had told him over dinner in May, “the man who has a cause he believes in and is prepared to lose for – then you can win.”"
UK  politics  LabourParty  NewLabour  socialDemocracy  TheLeft  MilibandEd  BrownGordon  MilibandDavid  KinnockNeil  BlueLabour  identity  ge2015  generalElection  election 
april 2015 by petej
2010 – the stupid election | Robin Brown
"Watching this campaign has been like watching some sort of Chris Morris work of art. 15 years after The Day Today we finally have rolling news telling us absolutely fuck all, the silly graphics and the news networks setting their own empty agendas."
generalElection  ge2010  BrownGordon  politics  UK  election  gaffe  media  journalism  television 
april 2010 by petej
The Observer | Review | Barbara Ellen meets the elusive Mr Brown
"What people are being asked to remember is that we are all part of one universe, that we have responsibilities to each other."
Live8  G8  BrownGordon  politics 
july 2005 by petej

related tags

accountability  Airbnb  anti-Semitism  austerity  automation  BallsEd  banking  BankOfEngland  banks  BanksArron  BBC  bbdf  benefits  bigotgate  BlairTony  blame  BlueLabour  Boeing  BofE  Bombardier  borrowing  BrettonWoods  Brexit  Britishness  BrooksRebekah  BrownGordon  BSkyB  budget  budget2017  business  byelection  CameronDavid  CampbellAlastair  capitalism  Carillion  CarneyMark  China  citizensAssembly  CitizensUK  CivilService  class  CleggNick  commission  compromise  consensus  consent  Copeland  CorbynJeremy  CoulsonAndy  councilHousing  crash  crime  crisis  dc:creator=BarnettAnthony  dc:creator=BlakeleyGrace  dc:creator=FlandersDavid  dc:creator=FreedlandJonathan  dc:creator=HarrisJohn  dc:creator=LoachKen  dc:creator=MasonPaul  dc:creator=RobinsonNick  dctagged  debt  deindustrialisation  democracy  deregulation  development  devolution  DowningStreet  DuffyGillian  economics  economy  editorial  EEA  election  employment  Englishness  EU  exclusion  finance  financialisation  fragmentation  freedomOfMovement  freelancing  freeMarkets  FriedmanMilton  G8  gaffe  ge2010  ge2015  generalElection  gigEconomy  globalisation  government  Guardian  hackgate  HammondPhilip  hardBrexit  Hayek  housing  humanRights  humour  HusseinSaddam  identity  IHRA  immigration  independence  individualism  indyref  inequality  infrastructure  inquiry  insecurity  intransigence  investment  Iraq  IraqWar  Israel  JISC  journalism  KinnockNeil  LabourParty  Lambeth  leadership  Leave  Leveson  linkedData  Live8  localGovernment  MajorJohn  MayTheresa  media  mediation  Metgate  microphone  middleClass  MilibandDavid  MilibandEd  MontPelerinSociety  mortgages  Murdoch  MurdochRupert  nationalIdentity  NationalInsurance  nationalism  neoliberalism  NewLabour  NewsCorp  NewsCorporation  NewsInternational  NewsOfTheWorld  newspapers  NHS  NorthernRock  NorthKorea  NotW  nuclearPower  O'DonnellGus  OsborneGeorge  outsourcing  Parliament  Pasokification  PCC  PFI  phonehacking  photography  PlanB  polarisation  politician  politics  PopperKarl  populism  post-industrialism  poverty  power  precarity  PrimeMinister  privatisation  ProgrExit  proportionalRepresentation  protectionism  protest  publicServices  racism  recession  referendum  regeneration  Regenter  regulation  Remain  rents  risk  Rochdale  safety  SalmondAlex  Scotland  self-employment  SkyNews  SmithAdam  SNP  socialDemocracy  socialHousing  sovereignty  speaking  speech  StewartJon  stimulus  Stoke-on-Trent  strategy  SturgeonNicola  SundayTimes  Telegraph  television  TheLeft  TheSun  ToryParty  tradeUnions  Uber  UK  UKIP  UniversalBasicIncome  UniversalCredit  USA  video  vulnerability  wages  welfare  welfareState  wikipedia  wikipediaPage  WMD  work  workingClass  xenophobia 

Copy this bookmark: