In Ed Milliband’s first speech as Labour party leader he admitted the Iraq war was wrong and stated on the economy:
“We must protect those on middle and low incomes. They did nothing to cause the crisis but are suffering the consequences.”
“But what we should not do as a country is make a bad situation worse by embarking on deficit reduction at a pace and in a way that endangers our recovery.
You see, it’s obvious really, when you cancel thousands of new school buildings at a stroke, it isn’t just bad for our kids, it’s bad for construction companies at a time when their order books are empty.”
He mentioned the real red, Ralph Milliband:
“I suppose not everyone has a dad who wrote a book saying he didn’t believe in the Parliamentary road to socialism.”
The history of the German Social Democractic Party and Chile 1973 all support Ralph Millibands views rather than his sons, the Labour Party never has and never will be Socialist. Even Ed’s break with New Labour looks shaky already with his pandering to the right on Immigration and stating “We changed Clause 4. We were right to do so.” What his speech does highlight is both the space opening up for the argument of resistance to the cuts but also the need to build coalitions of students, service users, the unemployed and trade unionists to lead the fight back on the ground. The leaders we need will be in workplaces taking the fight to the Tories, standing up against racism and war.
Ed’s full speech at BBC