Ed Miliband: The man who hated England

Labour destroyed the British economy and now recommends welfare dependency as the cure for its own misrule. But the real deal is shifty Ed Miliband's total contempt for the English by refusing England the same devolved rights as the Scots

What's Miliband got against England?
Steven George-Hilley
On 21 September 2014 09:07

Ed Miliband’s current position to block proposals for ‘English votes for English laws’ underlines his contempt for English voters and the basic principles of British democracy.

The promised additional powers of tax and spending offered to Scotland as part of the Referendum campaign have ensured Scottish along with Welsh voters have much more influence over policy than the English. No party leader who is serious about running to become Prime Minister next year could seriously support the status quo, expect for Ed Miliband.

So as Labour Party members congregate in Manchester, the shadow of the party’s failure in key Scottish battlegrounds as well as their leader’s inability to stand up for English voters, will continue to fuel leadership speculation about the future of the strange Mr Miliband.

Whispers about his odd behaviour, an inability to connect with the public and talk in plain language have dogged his time at the top from day one. The departure of his brother to New York, underlined the frosty family relations that have damaged his image as a loving family man, underlining the price he was prepared to pay to achieve his ambitions.

But like so many who wield the knife, Ed Miliband has struggled in the job he sacrificed so much to secure. Under his leadership, the strongest and most popular aspects of New Labour have been swept away; aspiration has become a dirty word, whilst envy and idleness are cast as noble qualities.

This shift has of course delighted those at the traditional heart of the Labour Party, who despise home ownership, entrepreneurialism and individuality. But simultaneously, the old Labour approach has alienated millions of voters who once thought the party could at least deliver a reasonable level of economic competence.

Ed has told the national media that this Labour conference will be historic. “'This week we set out Labour's plan for Britain's future: rewarding hard work, ensuring the next generation does better than the last, protecting and improving our public services,” he told a crowd of eager youngsters outside the Midland Hotel in Manchester.

This is indeed a tall order from a man responsible for proposing higher taxes, failing to support the case for an English Parliament, scrapping the Spare Room Subsidy policy, and a man who stays silent during public sector strikes. When it comes to offering a better deal for British and English families, Labour is firmly on the side of the shirkers and not the workers.

We are told that Labour’s new proposals will have to be costed and credible, but all the evidence points to shallow disregard for the public finances. They claim that they are out to solve the cost of living crisis, fighting to support families who are struggling with high prices, worried about jobs and paying the rent on time.

But the first step in this process needs to be recognising that it was Labour and Gordon Brown who nearly bankrupted the country with their immoral spending habits. If anyone is to blame for the cost of living crisis, then it is the Labour Party.

With the next election fast approaching, Ed Miliband needs to set out a clear vision for aspiration as well as salvation from the challenges of the cost of living. One minute they are campaigning against the Conservative Party’s deficit reduction strategy, the next they are claiming that they will implement cuts themselves. We know they are supporters of a life on benefits, so why are they pretending they will be tough on those who refuse to work?

The British people will be studying this conference closely, examining whether Ed Miliband is a threat to the country’s economic stability and whether he has the character to lead us forward by supporting English votes for English laws. With this in mind, pursuit of a socialist and anti-English agenda, and the glamorisation of a life on benefits will repel the hardworking majority who were hoping Labour had changed.

No matter how much Labour try to talk up a victory under Ed Miliband, privately many MPs know that unless things change they will struggle to win a majority. The party needs to move away from welfare and on to the future; failure to do so will ensure the party remains out of office for a generation.

If Ed Miliband won’t stand up for England, but will stand up for increased powers for Wales and Scotland, then he should quit the race for 2015 now. The man who hated England will never be elected to become Prime Minister.

Steven George-Hilley is a director at the Parliament Street think tank and a Conservative Party activist. He is a Contributing Editor to The Commentator

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