The boy who miffed Miliband: An exclusive interview with Isaac Duffy

Following yesterday's video footage of Isaac Duffy grilling Labour leader Ed Miliband, The Commentator brings you an exclusive interview with the boy who miffed Miliband

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Conservative supporter Isaac Duffy showed how to get under Miliband's thin skin
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On 16 July 2012 10:30

Yesterday, The Commentator brought you the video footage of a young man deeply interested in UK politics asking some tough questions of Labour leader Ed Miliband. The 14 year old Isaac Duffy asked him whether or not he thought his appearance at the contentious Durham Miners' Gala spelled the end of the Labour Party, and why Ed would not admit to serious Labour government failures vis-à-vis youth unemployment. Sure enough, the Labour leader was rattled by Isaac's tough line of questioning and promptly backed away.

Today, we're pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with the young chap who put Miliband on the backfoot. Perhaps young Isaac can give Mr. Cameron some lessons for the next round of Prime Minister's Questions. See below for a Q&A with Britain's newest troublemaker-in-chief, Isaac Duffy:

HI ISAAC, TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

I was born into a purely working class family, have always been interested in politics and have had a great interest in public speaking, perhaps too much for my own good! I have never been afraid to speak my mind and will always say what I feel even if it goes against mainstream beliefs.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE YOU WERE OF A CONSERVATIVE DISPOSITION, AND WHY?

The main reason I support the Conservatives is the fact that they truly want to help young people, and I have seen the mess Labour made of my area. I truly believe that the Conservative Party is the future for this country. In my area young people are tired of the shackles of socialism, and don't want the abhorrent and depressing socialist state that would be imminent if Labour was ever to be elected again.

WHY DO YOU THINK, IF AT ALL, YOUNG PEOPLE TEND TOWARDS THE LEFT RATHER THAN THE RIGHT, POLITICALLY?

The thing that annoys me about people thinking I'm left is most Labour voters are more right wing than they think. For example, I’ve met Labour voters who a strong royalists, and anti EU! People in the North East especially believe in age-old socialist lies and stereotypes that are completely untrue and out of date. For example, apparently I'm a millionaire because I'm a conservative – I wish.

WHAT, IN YOUR OPINION, COULD CONSERVATIVES DO BETTER TO REACH OUT TO YOUNG PEOPLE? 

The only thing I feel the Party needs to do better is to actually explain what it does in a more down-to-earth manner. For example, people I knew in private schools were benefiting from EMA; it was obvious that this system didn’t work, and many people have complained that only a fraction of the money was re-invested to help young people. I think it is critical that we make things slightly more black and white if and why we cut things so youth don't get the wrong impression.

WHAT IS THE ISSUE OF FOREMOST IMPORTANCE TO YOU IN MODERN BRITAIN?

I think my foremost issue at the moment is that the public regains faith in politicians. In my recent local elections, there was a 26 percent turnout, and it's expected to be about 15 percent for the Police and crime commissioner! This is a disgrace; it means that only a tiny minority of the public opinion is represented in elections.

I believe one major reason for this is the public are rapidly losing faith in politicians. I don't want to go into politics and face a bad reputation because of the legacy left by my predecessors. I think politicians from all parties need to show that they truly are in touch with the public, and I can certainly say the ones I've met are, excluding Mr. Miliband of course...

WHAT MADE YOU GRILL ED MILIBAND ON THE MINERS' GALA SPEECH AND WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF HIS REACTION?

I go to the Miners’ Gala every year, and for a start I am very disappointed it doesn’t fully celebrate Durham's great mining heritage and the miners. Instead it has become nothing but a socialist rally.

I got considerably close to the speakers as someone had assumed I was from Young Labour, and tried to get me to the front. I eventually got to the top of the stage itself, and listened to Miliband speaking and thought to myself “Liar! What nonsense!”

I was very tempted to yell out while he was speaking, but obviously that would have just got me a bad image, so when he was leaving and signing autographs, I thought “Right, he should be able to answer a simple question from 14 year old boy” and managed to get his attention. He leaned over to me, smiling, and then quickly realised what a mistake he had made. I carried on with another question regarding his hypocrisy and youth unemployment.

I noticed the smile on his face was no longer present. I said to the camera, “No answer, we can stop filming”, I had the proof I needed, the leader of the Labour Party couldn't answer simple questions to a 14 year old; God help him if he were elected and it came to PMQ's...

IF A GENERAL ELECTION WAS CALLED TOMORROW, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE OUTCOME WOULD BE?

Personally I think the situation if an election were called now would be much the same as the present. The local elections may not have been a success but numerous U-turns accommodating public opinion have now happened, so I think we'd have a much better result than the local elections. Of course, I doubt we'd win a majority, as I don't think any government would in midterm. Our work is not done yet. Only time will tell what 2015 will bring.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO GET OFF YOUR CHEST?

I think it would be good to simply stress this question again: do the public really want to elect a man that can't answer a couple of questions to a 14 year old boy? I think not.

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