new puritan wrote:
A very confused piece from Rob Marchant on Ed Miliband's recent appearance at the Durham Miners' Gala. Apparently his speech was fine, but because it was at an event attended by actual working-class people in the north, it won't play too well with southern voters. Or something.http://labourlist.org/2012/07/soothing- ... ublic-210/
I thought it made a pleasant change to see a Labour leader - the first to appear at the Gala for nearly a quarter of a century - actually reaching out to his long-neglected core vote, even if certain sections of his own party would rather pretend these people don't exist. I'm struggling to see how Mondeo Man is likely to be too alarmed by it, to be honest.
And of course he was attacked from both sides. I found myself standing next to a bloke who insisted on bellowing "You're a millionaire" at him all the way through his speech. After the fifth or sixth time I told him to shut up, so he then started telling me all about what a hypocrite Milliband was because he wasn't a real socialist.
I pointed out that Atlee died a long time ago and that, unfortunately, the choice we have is Milliband or Cameron. He didn't seem to grasp this, however he did understand that the crowd were becoming hostile towards him and the amount of noise he was making when they were trying to listen and he made his escape.