|Leader of the Labour Party|
Ed Miliband MP.
Much of this relief is understandable. Ed Miliband’s victory has sounded the death knell for New Labour, that election-winning machine which the party had come to hate. The Conservatives have always said Tony Blair was unbeatable and feared that David Miliband, his last disciple, would also prove a tough opponent.
Ed Miliband sees no shame in closing the door on the Blairite past, and everything it stood for.
"The era of New Labour has passed, a new generation has taken over."Were the word used yesterday, in his first major interview since winning the crown, with the BBC's Andrew Marr.
There is nothing 'new' however, about the team that now leads Labour. Ken Livingstone is not only the party’s mayoral candidate, but also topped the poll in the race to sit on the party's governing body - the National Executive Committee. Lord Kinnock, red-flag bearer for the left wing, was one of Ed Miliband’s most vocal supporters. Despite Blair’s attempts to consign them to history, the union barons are once again an important voice in the political debate.
Beyond the same old faces. Gone is the emphasis on social mobility, on reward for hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. It will be replaced by 'equality', essentially old-fashioned redistribution of wealth. Labour no longer wants to have more pie – it just wants to cut it up more evenly.
The banks will be bashed; the rich will be soaked; the private sector will be banished from public services. This is the manifesto on which Labour will fight the next election.
For Ed Miliband is not the joke that his opponents are trying to portray him as. No, he is not as good as Blair, few politicians are. But he is still a credible leader considering recent peers.
|Susan Boyle of X-Factor fame|
before and after.
Worst of all for David Cameron is that Ed Miliband is a relative unknown – both in politics and public. A fresh face gives him an enormous advantage - which his brother, David Miliband, would not have had