The week my party began its fightback!
July 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
There’s been a lot of talk in recent days that this has been the week where Ed Miliband finally got into his stride as Labour Leader.
It would be churlish not to agree; the younger Miliband, along with his colleagues Chris Bryant and Tom Watson have made (almost) all the running on the issue…properly holding the Government to account for arguably the first time since last May’s General Election.
One commentator, writing for the new and brilliant ‘Dale and Co’ blog even suggested that this was the week ‘Red’ Ed ‘became Prime Minister.’
I think that’s rather stretching the point but, bless them, Labour voters haven’t had much to cheer about in recent months, so we’ll perhaps allow themselves a little hyperbole.
So that’s one change which may or may not lead to a significant change in British politics.
Another however, little commented upon this week, has also taken place and deserves to be noted.
I’m going to stick my head on the line and suggest that this is the week my party, the Liberal Democrats, began a fightback…after a year in which we’ve been blamed for almost everything.
This week our party was able to rightly point out that we are the only (certainly major party) not to have ever cosied up to Rupert Murdoch and his media empire.
Beyond that, senior party figures-including the recently much maligned Vince Cable-have been proven to be wholly right in long ago questioning whether Mr Murdoch was a ‘right’ and ‘proper’ person to be owning all of BSKYB (a question now being reflected upon by OFCOM.)
And it was Liberal Democrats, including our current Leader Nick Clegg and our former leader Paddy Ashdown, who rightly warned the Prime Minister about the potential pitfalls of taking on Andy Coulson as his spin chief into 10 Downing Street.
So, on all the big questions raised by this issue, the Liberal Democrats have been on the right side.
You may say, ‘well, look, you’re right on that but how many people out in the country, in the ‘real world,’ will have noticed?
I think a lot will have done. Of course people have their own worries; the economy, their jobs, etc.
But since the revelations came out about the hacking of the phone of Milly Dowler’s phone, if not before, this issue has caught the public conscience and I believe people will have noticed which of the major party’s has the cleanest hands on this issue and that is clearly the Liberal Democrats.
It may only be a small stepping stone in regaining some of the trust lost after the tuition fees issue, among others, but we are-I believe-now firmly headed back down the right path.
Let’s hope we continue to do so.