Dick of the year: Ed Miliband
This is a nomination for the Bright Green #dick2010 award from Jane Watkinson
Ed Miliband, the flip-flop…
When Ed Miliband (EM) was elected, many on the left believed Labour would become closer to its roots, the labour movement. However, many Greens (sadly, not me at first) rightly had a much more apathetic stance to EM’s election.
EM ran a leadership campaign that attempted to distance himself from his brother. However, once elected, he u-turned protests, joked about supporting the student movement as Caroline Lucas marched on her birthday, whilst maintaining a shocking PR (consider the recent donation reform confusion, for example).
His ‘leadership’ has lacked authority, which only represents the failures of a political system governed by consensus style politics, where the lowest common dominator prevails undermining any hope of an ‘open’ policy review. EM has failed to distinguish Labour from a harmful cut programme, instead campaigning for what McCluskey put so well: ”What do we want? Fewer cuts later on”.
Therefore, EM is a testament to how we shouldn’t rely on party politics alone for systematic change. Only through building an outside movement, aside from party politics, will we construct counter-forces to challenge the prevailing social, political and economic relations.
Personally, I would like to give Ed Miliband a chance to prove his leadership skills. It’s not fair that we judge him this early. I mean, everybody deserves a chance to prove his/ her worth.
Yes, I am sure he will.
I think this year is just a practice run for Ed to win dick of the year. I am sure that in 2011 he will pull all stops out to win the dick of the year award.
Haha, fair enough!
Fair points I think but he doesn’t stand a chance against Kay Burley or Ben Brown in a dick off imo.
Though perhaps I should compare like with like to – in which case Ed still doesn’t stand a chance; he’s up against such enormous zizis as Woolas ffs!