While tending to the school of thought that any politician’s speech that takes “Englishness” or, worse, “Britishness” as its subject will not be worth reading, some of the commentaries on Ed Miliband’s speech are worth while.
This all feels like the immigration issue again – Labour never being able to catch up with the argument. Labour will still be celebrating Englishness when the Tories will be contemplating political action.
This is one of the things that is fundamentally wrong with Ed Miliband’s leadership. An inability – indeed, an unwillingness – to try to leapfrog the Conservatives; to take the voters by surprise; to put Labour on the side of the people against the Government.
That means talking about immigration and welfare reform, for example, rather than the NHS and Englishness. We are told that Ed Miliband is going to make a speech about immigration soon. I can’t wait.Tagged in: identity, immigration
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