When Ed gave his speech to conference in 2010, I was sitting behind him on stage, and I was thinking I have backed the right person to get Labour back into Downing Street. A year on, I do regret backing him. If there was a leadership election with the same five candidates I would now back David Miliband. David is more of a statesman. He would be taking on the Government much more, and laying out his vision for the country and the Labour Party.
Ed Miliband, on the other hand, is in the middle of nowhere. He said he will fight for the centre ground, but he hasn’t identified where that centre ground is. I don’t know what he stands for, or where he wants to take the country.
Ed is very personable, while David was more arrogant and expected the leadership to be handed to him on a plate. But arrogance isn’t necessarily a bad thing in politics.
Ed has largely been a disaster at PMQs. He did quite well over phone hacking, but it is about being in tune with the public on more than one issue.
His conference speech in September just wasn’t a speech from a leader who wants to be prime minister. There is not very much he can do if he doesn’t believe in himself.
LABOUR AGAIN FAILING THEMSELVES AND THE PEOPLE?