19th November 2010
FROM STARSHIP ENTERPRISE …
Ed Miliband LEAPT right in there today and said, “Mr Cameron was WRONG to sack Lord Young. Clearly Lord Young is not permitted as an adviser to the ‘open’ coalition government to tell the truth. The country is clearly NOT in the mess that the present coalition insists it is. And that is largely thanks to the previous government doing the right thing in the first half of this year.”
Sorry, Ed. Tony Blair, even Gordon Brown, perhaps even David Miliband or Alan Johnson would have had the political nous to express Cameron’s present predicament with something similar to the above.
But Labour is now led by MilipeEd.
His response (watch it here) was the earth-shatteringly and sort of quarter-knee-buckling remark that Lord Young’s words ‘raise serious questions about Mr Cameron’s judgement because Mr Cameron appointed Lord Young‘! Yes, honestly, that’s what he said, this leader of Her Majesty’s loyal opposition.
What planet is this guy on, frankly?
In fact AT THIS TIME (which are the three missing words from Lord Young’s indiscrete chat), he is absolutely right. Most Britons are not, RIGHT NOW, suffering despite the recession. We have been told ad nauseam that we will in time, and we certainly will, given the CUTS the Con/Dem government has put upon the country.
But since he was talking about today, Lord Young is right. Or at least largely right. There’s no getting away from that.
Mr Cameron knows this, of course. But he has GOT to keep us expecting the worst, so that if/when it doesn’t happen (just as we are approaching the next general election) he can claim credit. He will tell us it was HIM and all of us being “IN IT TOGETHER” wot fixed it!
But as for Mr Miliband’s response – totally inadequate.
While you are leader of the opposition you will rarely be handed on a plate SUCH an open-goal feast of an opportunity. This time you failed to kick the ball. You could have eaten the Tories for breakfast (to continue the metaphor.)
The further we travel from Labour’s influence on the economy, for good or ill, the more unlikely it will be that you will get another chance. Especially if some of the brothers in your own party have their way.
And it gets worse. Now another experienced Tory – David Mellor has sounded off:
‘Close friend of Lord Young, David Mellor, has expressed outrage at the prime minister “cutting off at the knees” one of Britain’s “most experienced politicians and business men”. Mr Mellor, who served in John Major’s cabinet, said it was wrong to have forced Lord Young into a position where he felt “so humiliated he felt he had to resign”. Earlier Labour leader Ed Miliband said the appointment of Lord Young “reflected very badly on the prime minister” and claimed it showed the government was “out of touch”.’
Report below from Financial Director –
The comments put the government in an extremely awkward position as they seemed to contradict Cameron’s well-worn argument that Labour Party rule left the UK broken, while Lord Young’s words suggest that the state of the economy is currently better than it had been prior to Labour coming to power.
The comments drew comparisons with those made by former prime minister Harold Macmillan in 1957 as the UK recovered from the Second World War and fought with the spectre of inflation. He said: “Most of our people have never had it so good. Go around the country, go to the industrial towns, go to the farms and you will see a state of prosperity such as we have never had in my lifetime – nor indeed in the history of this country”. Two years later Macmillan imposed a wages freeze.
- Lord Young in “never had it so good” claims (telegraph.co.uk)
- Young apologises for cuts remarks (bbc.co.uk)
- ‘Never had it so good’ Tory frozen out (independent.co.uk)
- Lord Young forced to apologise after gaffe: ‘You’ve never had it so good’ (dailymail.co.uk)
- Lord Young apologises for “Britons have never had it so good” comments (newstatesman.com)
- Lord Young ‘profoundly’ apologises for ‘never had it so good’ comments (telegraph.co.uk)
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