Something has happened to Ed Miliband – he is beginning to sound like a Labour Leader, one who is in touch with the people of Britain whose vote he is seeking if he is to ensure that there isn’t another term of the Tories.
And in the process, he has shown his hand, namely that he is from the Gordon Brown wing of the Labour Party.
His latest comments on freezing energy prices was well-received at Tuesday’s Party conference, and his refusal to back down to criticism from business leaders such as Tony Blair’s good friend Sir Digby Jones and the big ‘six’ energy firms all of whom say the lights could go out if ‘Red Ed’ makes it to Downing Street, means that this is a leader who stands for something.
Business says that his plan will put off investment and lead to energy cuts.
But the trouble is those energy firms have been making huge gains over the last four years, whilst hitting the pockets of the ordinary consumer, Labour’s core vote.
This is what the “big six” – British Gas, EDF, E.On, npower, Scottish Power, SSE – have been making
Those figures will not cut it with ordinary members of the austerity battered Britain.
Ed Miliband’s journey from Johnny-Come-Lately to serous contender started with Cameron’s defeat in Parliament over Syria. By acknowledging that the ‘Iraq factor’ had dealt a blow to the public’s confidence and by getting it right this time, Miliband had provided himself with a springboard.
From here, he’s on his way.
Of course, he knows that will mean forming a Coalition because this country will never allow a leader to have so much power as Tony Blair did when he ignored the will of the people and took Britain into an invasion of Iraq.
And that can only be good for democracy.