What Manner Of Man Is This?

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8th March 2012

WHAT MANNERS HAS THIS MAN?

Yes, Ed, we know you are your own man. But how unnecessary or naive or perhaps not(?) to remind us that you are “not Tony Blair”.

What do the Tony Blair boos at Conference tell us about Labour today? –  LOSERS?  ‘Perhaps some might want to recall a quote from a different conference speech then: “They say I hate the party, and its traditions. I don’t. I love this party. There’s only one tradition I hated: losing.”

And the speaker? Tony Blair in 2006

ED MILIBAND ON BLAIR & IRAQ

WRONG – SO WRONG

In September 2010 in first leader’s speech to conference  Ed Miliband defended his Iraq war condemnation

Ed Miliband giving his keynote conference speech
Mr Miliband of the “New generation” (forgetting the ‘oldies’ who actually VOTE)) said the Iraq war was wrong “for a whole range of reasons”  [a clue to the “range” would be helpful.] He defended his decision to condemn the Iraq war saying the war had “led to a fundamental loss of trust” in Labour and it was “right to level with people” about that.

He said he had not been able to speak out more strongly about Iraq while in government because he was “part of a collective responsibility … I criticise nobody faced with making the toughest of decisions and I honour our troops who fought and died there, but I do believe that we were wrong. Wrong to take Britain to war.” Oh, Brother! David Miliband was NOT impressed!

WHAT VALUES HAS THIS MAN?

New Labour is Dead – ‘One angry Blairite MP said: “We cannot just put Tony Blair in a box. We cannot totally disown New Labour as this lot seem to want to.”’

WHAT LESSONS MUST BE LEARNED?

Miliband used his family history – his late father Ralph escaped from the Nazis in German-occupied Belgium and his mother Marion was sheltered from the Nazis in German-occupied Poland – to make a serious point about his values and mission. “My parents fled the Nazis. And came to Britain. They embraced its values. Outsiders. Who built a life for us. So this is who I am. The heritage of the outsider. The vantage point of the insider. The guy who is determined to break the closed circles of Britain.”

WHO MUST BE PURGED?

Labour General Secretary Iain McNicol has failed to kill off rumours that top-level sackings at party HQ are a purge of Blairites by Red Ed Miliband.

A secret memo on how to deal with tricky questions on the shake-up gives the game away: ‘Is this a witch-hunt against all Tony Blair supporters?

Everyone who is willing to be loyal to Ed Miliband is welcome.’ We get the picture, Iain.

WHAT NOW FOR THE MAN WHO DERIDED NEW LABOUR?

The New Labour party which went where no Labour party had gone before,  or will go again.

Now Ed Miliband goes humbly to the feet of the man he treated publicly with such careless disdain. Why? For lessons in leadership and communicating with the people.

You couldn’t make it up.

And not just ONE passing get-together. It seems “the pair have chatted more often than Mr Miliband has met Gordon Brown — his predecessor as leader and his former boss at the Treasury.  A friend of Mr Blair said: “Tony is the greatest political strategist of his generation — why wouldn’t Ed want to meet him?”

Perhaps, since many diminish we Blair supporters for being followers of “The Messiah”, I should end with this. Apologies to those of a sensitive, fundamentalist religiosity  –

Jesus Tony calms the storm

And the same day, when the even opinion poll was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude journalists, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves desperate beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind twits ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  Mark 4:35-41

Tony Blair at a meeting of his Faith Foundation in Sierra Leone, March 2012

RELATED

Brother and Blairite David Miliband too feels the need to acknowledge mistakes. Mistakes in government? We ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

“There’s a debate in the Labour Party about how we should understand our record in government, what we should be proud of and what we should apologise for,” he said.

David Miliband added that it was “very important to be proud of your achievements and humble about your mistakes”, while always understanding that politics is about the future.

“So we have a responsibility to understand the fundamental ways in which the world is changing and Britain’s place in the world is changing.

Changing? And so The Master’s voice still echoes in the still and darkness of the Labourite night.

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