There are no doubts, despite press statements, that Labour MP’s have received the message loud and clear from Foreign Minister David Miliband- that he is willing to rescue Labour from the depths of despair. Today Milliband released an article to The Guardian Newspaper, detailing how he feels Labour can still win the next general election- and calls for radical changes.
It’s being called ‘Milibands Manifesto’ and although ‘change’ is the buzzword of the article, Miliband makes no mention of Gordon Brown, nor his future as leader of the country.
In a later press conference, Miliband denied that it was a signal that he would challenge Gordon Brown’s leadership but refused to rule himself out as a possible candidate in the future. He also gave no firm support to the Prime Minister, nor did he openly praise his role as PM in the past year.
“His leadership has shown itself to be of strong value, and one which shows itself to have brought a team around it who are able to make a contribution, which is good.”
Already this ‘team’ which surround Gordon Brown have rounded on David Miliband, calling him ‘an immature, self serving traitor who shows no loyalty’.
Harsh words. But will Gordon Brown be able to rally enough support in the face of an imminent defeat from the conservatives? Miliband’s move has been welcomed by some MP’s who have already began to call for heads to role in the Cabinet following the shock Glasgow East by-election defeat. Some MP’s are starting to shift in their chairs with discomfort as the figures against Labour pile up around the country.
One journalist, a former Brown supporter said, ” I think there has to be a leadership contest.
They need to make some radical changes if they expect to regain all the support they have lost among the electorate. David will have to fight for it though and there will be a proper contest. Labour will want to know his policy’s before they hand over the leadership. I think they wish they had asked some tougher questions about Gordon Brown’s direction before they crowned him leader because Labour were already in trouble because of Blair.”
Personally, as a voter, I would be a lot more comfortable voting for Labour in the UK elections if Gordon Brown was not at the helm of the party. Having taken the country into an era of the highest degree of personal debt, which he encouraged remember,
- having overseen the decision to go to war
- the highest hospital deaths from infections,
- PFI rip-offs,
- cash for honors,
- the DOME?!?,
- lets not forget scrapping the 10p tax rate,
- higher car tax
- non intervention into billions of pounds of profit while pensioners freeze…..the list goes on.
Let’s hope Miliband’s ‘radical’ changes benefit the ordinary person and not just the big business and the crooked international leaders that Gordon Brown has pandered to for the last decade.