Ed Miliband was given the opportunity to inspire potential Labour supporters on the Today programme when he was asked to sum up what his Party stood for.
His hugely underwhelming answer: “For people to get on and do better.”
This low point in an appalling interview was almost matched by his statement that by encouraging the people to take action, Labour will get the Government to change its policy “like it did when it dropped its idea to sell the forests.”
The ‘people’ did not get the Government to do a u-turn on this rather silly and marginal policy. It was a small minority of the middle class who made a lot of noise, as Miliband knows.
With such an uncharismatic and hopeless leader, the Labour Party is likely to be in opposition for many years to come, and as someone who until the Iraq invasion was a Labour supporter, this disappoints me.
I’m also very disappointed that David Cameron is a warmonger. He was the NATO leader who first wanted a no-fly zone over Libya which within days resulted in the Allied air force being the air support arm of the rebels, and hugely destructive NATO missiles raining down on various Libyan targets.
He might think that if enough damage is done to Libya’s armed forces, they will refuse to fight for Gaddifi’s cause and NATO’s military action will have achieved its goal.
But as he observes the burning shells of the Libyan tanks, picked off in a sort of NATO turkey shoot, he should consider the terrible deaths of the Libyan tank crews, burnt alive in seconds if they survive the hundreds of pieces of red hot shrapnel screaming around their turrets. These, Mr Cameron, are someone’s sons, husbands, fathers, brothers.
And does he really think that no innocent civilians will be harmed by the ‘smart’ missiles fired from miles away to destroy compounds in built up areas of Tripoli?
At best the damage will be mental scars, at worst the explosive force and heat that burns the flesh off people, destroys the vital organs and causes the slow and painful deaths of men, women and children who live close to the targets of these vile weapons. These, Mr Cameron, are families, just like yours.
As they suffer, they won’t be reassured by the knowledge that the destruction of their lives has the backing of the UN, or that your policy is to ‘save the lives of Libyans’. Their lives will be sheer agony and uncomprehending horror for which you are in large part responsible.
Yes, Mr Cameron, you probably will force Colonel Gaddifi from power, but at a completely unacceptable cost.
And of course you won’t be shamed by the opposition, because Ed Miliband supports your policy.
It’s not an Alternative Vote we should be wanting when we go to the ballot box in May, but an alternative political philosophy.