The commentators 04-02-15
...on UK politics
Ed Miliband seems terrified of breaking with the union line. He is, in effect, the monkey to Len McCluskey’s organ-grinder. Not only does he have no idea what makes business tick — he is not even vaguely interested in finding out.
- Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Mail
Unquestionably Ed Miliband has it in him to be scrappy, though the memory of his attacks on as poisonously a vested interest as Rupert Murdoch’s has faded since he lost his confidence and his tongue. Miliband needs to say that he is not driven by adolescent dreams of a socialist utopia, but by the simple moral and economic imperatives to temper the more grotesque excesses of unethical capitalism.
- Matthew Norman, The Independent
Blue Labour is proclaiming itself a vital force. Its commitment to economic equality, along with the conservative traditions of family, community and an (optional) side order of faith, may sound old-fashioned.
But far from being preserved in camphor, its ideas have found favour with hard-headed modernisers.
- Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph
There is no good reason why the United Kingdom should fall apart. But if it does – and sadly many Scots now seem to believe it will – it will not be because of what happened during the Scottish referendum, but because of what went wrong in the aftermath.
- Gordon Brown, The Guardian
Coalitions are quite common in British politics, much more so than generally realised. In the past century, there have been 26 years of coalition governments, 18 of which were in peacetime. Most have been founded on good working relationships and firm understandings. The result has been stable governments.
- Daniel Finkelstein, The Times
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