‘Behind the curve’. It really sounds like a phrase that should have come out of American baseball. You know, as in ‘behind the curve ball’. Apparently it has nothing to do with baseball. Shame. What is also a shame is that Ed Miliband and the leadership seem to be consistently behind the curve.
Now there was a time when Labour leaders would claim, sometimes even truthfully, that they were ahead of the curve in that they were more radical than the electorate. Ed Miliband’s people claim he was ahead of the curve and Cameron behind over the Murdoch phone hacking scandal and he has done well because of that. Sounds good unless we look a bit closer. A week before Ed had his ‘road to Damascus’ moment over Murdoch, his press secretary Tom Baldwin was telling all the shadow cabinet not to link BSkyB to the phone hacking as it would upset the old man.
Let’s look at a quote from today’s Guardian of something that happened during Ed’s speach at conference.
He was also startled when part of the audience cheered when he told them he was not Tony Blair, a reaction that left some former cabinet members despairing.
You were startled Ed because you and the Blairite ex-ministers are behind the curve. Not only the conference party members, but the public in general are disgusted by Blair’s money-grubbing and dishonesty. They don’t think too much of the likes of Hazel Blears and Jacqui Smith either.
So Ed why not get in front of the curve for while? Go on, give it a try. You can always revert if it’s not working. You don’t need to stand up and praise Thatcher and Blair in a Labour conference to gain support of the middle-classes. When you praise Thatcher for selling council houses the majority in Britain would probably agree that the real problem was that she didn’t replace the houses sold in the social housing stock. See Ed the council house building bought in after war was to stop slum landlords regaining their pre-war position. Many people, including those that bought their council houses remember that.
It was good to see you are prepared to use the corporate tax system and government contracts to reward and punish companies that carry out, or not, Labour policies. There will not be much public argument against that except from the likes of the CBI and the City. Up the ante. Let’s get a bit more social engineering into this part of the tax system. Let’s have the salary ratio between senior management and the lowest paid in the company set as well.
Another thing. There’s no need to stroke the red-tops by equating ‘benefit scroungers’ with ‘casino bankers’. The public knows who lost all the money and who pushed us into recession, and it didn’t happen down at the benefits office. Send those young bag carriers out of London to talk with real people. They don’t have to go too far. Get them down to Gravesend or Dagenham and see if you guys can catch up with the curve because it’s moving faster than you.