Ed Miliband Leader of Labour. Is that 10, 15 or 20 more wilderness years?

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    25th September 2010

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    By a margin of only 1.3% and purely because of the Trades Unions’ support, Ed the Younger Miliband has beaten his brother David and won the Labour Party leadership.

    Ed Miliband (right) hugs his brother David after narrowly beating him in the race for the Labour leadership. Photo: GETTY

    So that’s it then.

    The Trade Unions, as members and as unions (their system gives them multiple votes) have finally killed Blair’s New Labour.

    Back to the wilderness.

    Enjoy it, Labour. You deserve it.

    WRONG DATE ABOVE, of course. It was never just one bitter pill, one policy issue that killed New Labour. New Labour’s death was slow and painful, starting from the date Tony Blair received his marching orders and a short prognosis from such as Gordon Brown and Ed Balls in September 2006.

    But today, with the election of Ed Miliband ONLY due to Trades Union support,  the final nail has been banged into the coffin.

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    Telegraph report –

    Ed Miliband won with 50.65 per cent of the vote against David’s 49.35 per cent in the final round of voting.

    There were jubilant scenes among Ed’s supporters when the announcement was made in Manchester at 4.50pm on Saturday.

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    Ed Miliband Photo: GETTY
    The battle between the Miliband brothers has been political and personal

    David Miliband, left and his brother Ed Photo: Getty
    Ed Miliband wins Labour leadership race

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    6 Responses to “Ed Miliband Leader of Labour. Is that 10, 15 or 20 more wilderness years?”

    1. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Wasn’t it high drama! I loved it. A great big hit of political euphoria, mainlined straight to my brain. That gets all my synapses tingling and sending pleasure messages to the centre. You know, a bit like when you’re biting into that fourth burger and your blood sugar levels are peaking.

      You will note my prescient, incisive analysis timed at 12.41 and correctly predicting the outcome.


      It’s all going to be much more fun now in politics. I think Ed will make a good player and there will be some ding dong battles.

      Now I’m wallowing in a big soft mushy Welsh affection for Neil Kinnock. Although I disagree with him about most things, he reminds me so much of my father, particularly his voice and his passion.

      So, when is good ol’ Tone going to step in with a big, fat, cheesy endorsement? Labour’s New Generation is here!

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        Well, good for you, P. I feared Ed would win it. Blair did not manage to limit Union power sufficiently, sadly, though he tried. He really tried.

        As someone who didn’t vote Labour I have learned to appreciate their party in recent years ONLY because of Blair. No-one else.

        I know Harman wouldn’t approve and no-one ever mentions it but I’m sick of PC stuff, so here goes:

        Ed M is a weak-mouthed, squint-lipped, rather unattractive guy with a hard-to-disguise lisp.

        I’m afraid these things matter, whether they should or not. So that’s your lot in office for another dozen or more years. Southern Tories are all back safe in Toryland now.

        No wonder you’re happy.

        I know Neil Kinnock personally by the way, and he’s a great guy, despite his leftishness. Could tell you a few stories.

    2. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Anything Harriet Harman wouldn’t approve of I am enthusiastically in favour of. I have a quite violent aversion to her. Everything about her is repellent and offensive.

      Trust you to get low down in the gutter with personal abuse of young Ed, eh? When I was writing my piece earlier I considered adding the word “quirky” to my remark about his individuality. You see one man’s “hard-to-disguise lisp” is another man’s endearing eccentricity.

      Neil Kinnock is a hero of mine. I’ve always felt that deep Welsh bond with him, even when he was falling about on the beach and subject to ridicule. The man’s honour and integrity shine out of him.

      • keeptonyblairforpm Says:

        It’s not personal abuse – I’d probably like him if I knew him, as I do with most people, Pete. I’m just pointing out the obvious. The wide range of people that they need to support thier party will NOT, in sufficient numbers, BECAUSE of those ‘quirks.’ It is not quite what everyone wants talking at top tables in the world on Britain’s behalf.

        Sorry, that’s just how it is. Human nature.

        Whether or not people should consider things like that is another matter.

    3. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Incidentally, my eldest son’s best friend was in Ed Miliband’s campaign team. The inside information I have is that in reality Ed is well to the right of David!!

    4. celia walters Says:

      I hope you’re right Peter that Ed is centre stage or God help the vulnerable in this country for the next 20 yrs because no-one else will. Hopefully Ed will be a better leader of Labour than it first appears he will be

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