I like Ed Milliband, what’s not to like? He seems a kind enough good hearted chap with the sense to slide silently backwards away from the catastrophic union links which saw him elected as leader of the Labour party. OK, so he forgot to register his own children as his own, OK so he couldn’t quite get it together to marry his partner when any other ambitious politician might have thought ahead about this issue would play with the public but I have no doubt that he means well, is working hard and genuinely cares about political issues. But like Neil Kinnock before him and Michael Foot before that and even before that, George Brown (remember him?), Ed Milliband is unelectable as Prime Minister. As an independent crossbencher I don’t like this. I want both main political parties to be lead by strong leaders with a clear vision about where the country should go, what policies would benefit the majority and inspire a following. They have to have a political vision.
History sadly tells us that though most politicians, in spite of the public perception of their back-stabbing qualities, will hang on to a duff leader long after it is plain as pikestaff to everyone else that they shouldn’t. The Conservatives are almost as bad but do manage a palace coup occasionally; Ian Duncan Smith springs to mind. But the history of Labour is disappointing: they will line up behind each other to swear fealty to him in public, they will plot ineffectually in secret corners but basically they will all follow him like lemmings over the electoral cliff. Because Ed is liked, includes his MPs in his plans, in fact has almost all the qualities that one wants in a good middle manager, there will be no Brutus come out of the shadows to finish this Caesar. Come on, fellow peers to my right….(the opposition sits to the right of where I sit on the crossbenches), can’t you help them down the corridor?