Not just Ed. Maybe not Ed, at all.

To Labour,

Taking into account the Media’s efforts to paint Ed as a disaster and halving it – and halving it again – the fallout around poor old Miliband is not fuelling confidence in me that he can hold it together, even if he wins the next General Election. What kind of Cabinet will his ‘team’ make? Who will be served by it? And how much is Ed Miliband the real problem? Is his perceived weakness due more to his ‘awkwardness’ – by now a self-perpetuating force – or to his inability to discern and avail himself of useful, appropriate advice? Most of his team, whether front or back benchers or hired consultants are hardly helpful or even inspiring. He surrounds himself with the dismal advice and strategies of banality, nostalgic muddle-heads and should-be Conservatives. Did he actually choose this team? How much of it is chosen for him? Is the weakness in his judgement or his authority, then?

The party bigwigs should make their minds up about how their individual, personal philosophies fit to the mission statement. The ‘crisis’ in the party is that, like the Conservatives, Labour doesn’t know itself anymore; like the Conservatives, Labour has become two parties in denial. Like the Conservatives, Labour doesn’t identify sufficiently with the real worlds of its electorate. So, by all means, get rid of Ed, if you think it’ll help but, for goodness’ sake: don’t stop there! Wake up and lose the stale and mouldy obstacles. Not just Ed. Maybe not Ed, at all. Are you sure you’re not worrying a little too much about the wrong Ed? Get rid of the Blair acolytes and apologists; get rid of the Brownonian bulldozers. Shift them all to the back benches or suggest they join another party if they’re so keen on being a politician but tell them that their ideas of what Labour means have turned out to be an historically nasty, neoliberal blip and that they are not at all the desired trajectory.

The social, political, economic circumstances in which this country (and indeed, the world) finds herself are too grave to waste time on loyalty for loyalty’s sake. Be loyal out of true respect and faith or walk away. Keep Ed, or don’t. Put up or shut up. Shit, or get off the pot. Just make your minds up and sort it out already! Change your rules or overrule him if that’s what you want and that’s what it takes. But, really, is the ‘problem’ entirely Ed Miliband or is it actually mostly the scaffolding around him?

The Conservatives will kill us if they win in 2015. You know it. And you know why. Stop imitating them. Stop pandering to the right-wing press. Stop pretending you know what we want just because you wandered around in public the other day, surrounded by cameras, looking for a photo-op and a soundbite. Stop seeing us through your own projections and try actually listening beyond received clichés. Try speaking to us in more than soundbites and clichés. Be brave, get a grip and give this country or however many countries we are, these days, a credible box on the ballot. One that will be my pleasure to mark my cross in.

Whatever you do, there is going to be a risk. Lose because of him. Win in spite of him. Win because you dared to change the guards and the message. Lose because you replaced him too late with the effect of greater farce. You have to choose which one you can live with so that I can choose.

Please… Choose integrity. Choose authenticity. Choose to have courage in your convictions. Choose. Hurry up and choose.

Apparently, David Cameron looks like a Prime Minister
If Labour said…
Dear Labour

11 thoughts on “Not just Ed. Maybe not Ed, at all.

  1. Getting rid of Ed is only part of the battle, you need to get rid of the two Eds at at least. Then there’s Cooper, a virtual third Ed seeing she’s married to one, and do I have to remind you she’s the ‘imaginary wheelchair’ woman? i hope you aren’t telling me you want to elect her? 🙂 I don’t think politics is the answer at all, if we want secure provision we have to provide it ourselves. We need local farms, local currencies, local disability provision. Forget about help from Westminster, they’re only interested in helping themselves there.

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  2. I have met Miliband: I find him to be a very thoughtful, intelligent and caring person; I also believe he does listen to those to whom he actually speaks. Alas, as you have so well encapsulated, Labour is not their leader.

    Nonetheless, whilst I respect Ed, a good leader would have gone out of his way to castigate the bigwigs who shifted the disabled folk at the last party conference and would have personally apologised to the individuals concerned.

    A few months back, I was invited to his key-note NHS speech in Manchester (http://crippledqueeranglo-europeanranter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/ed-miliband-andy-burnham-labour.html). Those of us in wheelchairs were in a no-man’s land at the back where he could not possibly see us, let alone interact with us. Again, not his fault, but that of Labour organisers & bigwigs. We disablies are an after-thought if we are even considered at all (we were not at a previous event of his & MEN in 2012 – http://crippledqueeranglo-europeanranter.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/ed-miliband-men-question-answer-event.html).

    Reblogged here: http://crippledqueeranglo-europeanranter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/to-keep-or-not-to-keep.html

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  3. We all know that Ed needs to grow a big set – he should speak the truth, be loud and not listen to the people who control him anymore – tell them where to stuff it and get out there and shout about what YOU want for YOUR party! Those who follow you will be at your side in the cabinet, those who choose to leave will not be missed.
    Oh, and get rid of Ed Balls, he’s not the man for the job…

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  4. Reblogged this on Jay's Journal and commented:
    We all know that Ed needs to grow a big set – he should speak the truth, be loud and not listen to the people who control him anymore – tell them where to stuff it and get out there and shout about what YOU want for YOUR party! Those who follow you will be at your side in the cabinet, those who choose to leave will not be missed.
    Oh, and get rid of Ed Balls, he’s not the man for the job…

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  5. As a person I really don’t mind how Ed chews a bacon sandwich, but what matters deeply to me are the policies Labour represent.

    The fact was that Ed told us when he stood in the leadership campaign, that he had learned that Neo-Liberalism was the problem, He got it, He got it he said, but unfortunately he wasn’t being honest to us, and the facts are that, he is not saving the NHS because the “Preferred Provider,” means that the private sector will still be able to tender for NHS services with all the apparatus and machinery in place that takes money away from front line services.

    In short they are once again lying to us.

    The second point is that he reintroduced Alan Milburn back on to his election team, as per his secret memo, Alan Milburn told an audience listening to a debate about the NHS, the “the NHS was an industry,” at the same debate also Tory Steven Dorrell let the cat out of the bag when he told the audience that there was unanimity between Labour and the Tories on the NHS.

    Here is the link to that RSA debate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oygl72LW26g#t=219

    It doesn’t please me that this is really what New Labour stands for, but we have got to ditch them, there is no alternative, they keep re-enforcing the Neo-Liberal agenda, in the long run they will create the same conditions that prevailed with the Weimar Republic, with the same results as we are experiencing with UKIP.

    This will only change when we get rid of all the Neo-Liberals within Labour, we need to vote them out at the next election even if that means the Tories get back. After all what is the difference.
    They dishonestly tell us that they support the NHS and public services when in reality they are no different to the Tories.

    Finally we have the money to pay for our public services, so why do they tell us that we need more austerity, Austerity is the policy to shrink the state.

    This last video 14 minutes long explains that the deficit is a lie, that we have the money to pay for our public services, Brown proved it when he created £375 Billion out of thin air to save the corrupt Banking system, but when asked to save the NHS, we are suddenly broke.

    Economics for dummies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bXpOUYrr1c

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