Ed Milliband finally won the leadership contest that nobody cared about.
His election to the top of the Labour party tree was helped by a significant block vote from the affiliated trade unions. While he has been accused by critics in both in and outside the party that he is left-wing, which he quickly denied, the reality is that he would lead the party just like his immediate predecessors in that he didn’t have any basic principles, values or policies.
Several questions that need to be asked, and he, and the party will have to answer:
- What proposals does he have over reducing the nation’s massive public debt?
- Why are Labour councils jumping the gun and imposing huge cuts in services ahead of the spending review?
- How does he intend to rebuild a party membership based which virtually collapsed during their years in power?
- How can the party even hope to fight the government in opposition with a massive debt hanging over it?
- What plans does he have in place to genuinely reform the party, and how can he attempt to involve members and supporters?
- Does he support electoral reform in principle, not as a popularity stunt?
- How does he intend to reduce the financial, and political trade union influence on the party?
- Tony Blair, former Prime Minister, is unfortunately, still a free man. Would he put pressure on the government to issue a warrant for his arrest and have him put on trial for his Iraq war crimes?
The leadership election campaign was probably the longest and the most boring in the party’s history, according to commentators. The quality of the candidates has never been so poor. I bet many members… and trade union supporters… privately want Gordon Brown to stay on as leader. Nearly six months after their general election defeat, the party has chosen Ed’s Tweedledum over brother David’s Tweedledee, both of them are bereft of any ideological differences.
At a time when the UK is facing serious challenges, the last thing we need is another bland political leader.