Miliband: the re-invention

15 Jan

You have to give some credit to David Miliband for his sheer bloody cheek. He’s spent the last 5+ years toeing the party line over Iraq and the wider war on terror, only to abandon the policy the moment a more sane administration begins measuring the drapes in the Oval Office.

It’s a shame that Labour had to shed so many supporters, commentators and activists in the process.

I mean, was it all really worth it?

Was watching Mr. Blair accept his medal from W really worth all the blood and the tears? I think probably not.

Indeed this paragraph really got my goat ::

The more we lump terrorist groups together and draw the battle lines as a simple binary struggle between moderates and extremists, or good and evil, the more we play into the hands of those seeking to unify groups with little in common. Terrorist groups need to be tackled at root, interdicting flows of weapons and finance, exposing the shallowness of their claims, channelling their followers into democratic politics.

I’m sorry, but isn’t this just what the intelligent people have been saying ever since 9/11? Isn’t this the same line the New Labour cabinet has been rejecting week-in week-out on Question Time?

Does this mean that they’re going to stop grandstanding on terrorism to push through illiberal policies and that they’re about to abort ridiculous projects such as ID cards? Or is Miliband just, as Alisdair Cameron has suggested, merely positioning himself cleverly with a leadership bid in mind?

Or maybe Brown is behind this: is the PM, ever the pathetic weakling, adjusting British foreign policy to continue its conjoined (yet always subservient) relationship with Washington? Something Tim Almond has wisely referred to as “a shocking bit of 51st statism”. No change there then.

Maybe, just maybe, New Labour could have shown a bit of courage and stood up to Bush back when Tony left the stage. As Iain Martin points out in the Telegraph, Miliband’s timing is evidence of colossal cowardliness.

I’ll leave you with Miliband’s most hypocritical paragraph, just to see if you manage to finish it without grinding your teeth into powdery white enamel dust ::

We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, for it is the cornerstone of the democratic society. We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad. That is surely the lesson of Guantánamo and it is why we welcome President-elect Obama’s commitment to close it.

Amen (at last).

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8 Responses to “Miliband: the re-invention”

  1. ashoksoni@hotmail.com January 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    the world is changing. bigtime,those who support the change themselves will succeed too.methinks.

  2. ashoksoni@hotmail.com January 15, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    the world is changing. bigtime,those who support the change themselves will succeed too.methinks.

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com January 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    I think the Milipede will be the next leader of the Labour Party.

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com January 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm #

    I think the Milipede will be the next leader of the Labour Party.

  5. ashoksoni@hotmail.com January 18, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    is his time up, as well the time of the party that he represents…..as neither are best placed to fulfil the emerging needs of the society.incidently is UK plc heading for bankruptcy….preceded by an Irish one. and is that what will drive the Tories into the eurozone…as an aside which of the 2 parties Tories or Labour is more God fearing. that seems to a great advantage come election day.

  6. ashoksoni@hotmail.com January 18, 2009 at 11:38 pm #

    is his time up, as well the time of the party that he represents…..as neither are best placed to fulfil the emerging needs of the society.incidently is UK plc heading for bankruptcy….preceded by an Irish one. and is that what will drive the Tories into the eurozone…as an aside which of the 2 parties Tories or Labour is more God fearing. that seems to a great advantage come election day.

  7. ashoksoni@hotmail.com January 20, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    “I think the Milipede will be the next leader of the Labour Party.”that appears to be the case.

  8. ashoksoni@hotmail.com January 20, 2009 at 11:41 am #

    “I think the Milipede will be the next leader of the Labour Party.”that appears to be the case.

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