Delivering on the promise?

 

Imitation - they say - is the sincerest form of flattery. Today Ed Miliband delivered a speech that didn't just echo one of the slogans and some of the rhetoric of his Tory opponent but even the way David Cameron once famously delivered them - without notes.

His speech was based around a single assertion: that he could unite the country in difficult times and was the man to deliver the 140-year-old Tory slogan "One Nation".

The country needed to come together, to join together, to work together the Labour leader declared - almost word for word what the Conservative leader had pledged at his conference speech before the last election.

Ed Miliband's message was that he understood why many had deserted Labour to vote for David Cameron back then but only he could deliver that promise now.

Last year some at this Conference looked worried about whether their man had really got what it takes. This year they relished his performance, now certain that he had.

The test though is whether those who are not committed Labour supporters can now close their eyes, visualise the most famous door in the world and genuinely picture Ed Miliband standing in front of it as Prime Minister.

 
Nick Robinson, Political editor Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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    Comment number 191.

    Diary date - May 2015 - Move to Greece.

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    Comment number 190.

    Has a conserfativ myself I dont think that Edward is goant to be good for us that like to keep our taxis in our pockits and dont like foriners from other countys. You can say wot you like about daved cameron but he has dun a grate job in rearranging the NHS from the top down just like he promise in his mannifesta !

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    Comment number 189.

    So where is today's analysis Nick - ignored Labour conference even though the biggest issue facing us - the NHS was on the agenda...You've been very quiet about the rail fiasco too. Fancy that. New government, new political editor please.

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    Comment number 188.

    #185
    Altar, not alter... speechwriters!

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    Comment number 187.

    After the Scots fighting so hard for devolution,and the Welsh & Irish for greater autonomy,one wonders how they now feel about Ed's "One Nation" idea? Whilst fed up with the Coalition appearing to lurch from crisis to crisis,I've heard nothing from Manchester to persuade me to vote Labour.Same old rhetoric, nothing new.

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    Comment number 186.

    What an hypocrit Red Ed Miliband is with is "One Nation" slogan, it was Labour who started the break up of the UK with devolution to Wales, Scotland and N. Ireland whilst creating massive discrimination against England and all her people.

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    Comment number 185.

    Didn't see all of Ed's barnstormer... must have missed the part where he denounced the war in Afghanistan as a lesson in futility and demanded an immediate withdrawal. "Friends..." he must have said, "We must withdraw our troops immediately before another British life is sacrificed at the alter of political vanity."
    This just after denouncing phoney 'humanitarian intervention'.
    I can picture it.

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    Comment number 184.

    Just watched your interview with Ed. He looked like he wanted to nut you when asked him bout Gordon getting him the job. Would have made great tv. Take that nick you little toryboy

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    Comment number 183.

    Milliband's greatest natural talent is that he instantly divides opinion, you either love him or hate him. The only credible person in the Labour Party who could "deliver" is his brother David. Pity then for us all that the Unions put their Poodle first!

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    Comment number 182.

    Tricky game politics. Whether you like it or not, it's not just about policies. Personality is important too. You have to reach a certain threshold of acceptance personalitywise before voters will even consider the policies. Otherwise it's 'What would a wet behind the ears geek know.' Ed's performance yesterday was a necessary step. May be a bit Blairite for me but then he won 3 elections.

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    Comment number 181.

    DSJ 178

    Impressive in terms of meeting his goal (re my 163).

    Like, I have an unremarkable friend, Albert, who's remarkable for being an absolute bellweather (Bellweather Bertie he could easily be known as, although he isn't) as regards general elections. He has a perfect record since forever. Whichever way he votes, that's who wins.

    Did Ed's speech make BB more likely to vote Labour? Yes.

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    Comment number 180.

    176 question. Well cheers for no advice, I went for the compromise guess 'Grant Green' and, after dispute resolution, got half a point. Not the best name though for a Tory Chairman but good for the excellent Caroline Lucas.

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    Comment number 179.

    Gr Haye,

    Have you managed to win back that super-irate Tesco customer on Peston yet?

    Or is he lost forever to the dark side (a.k.a. Sainsburys)?

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    Comment number 178.

    #177sagamix

    I liked that reply!

    But it was based on a false premise; I’m not complaining about no ideas from Miliband, I was simply questioning your belief that he 'hit the ball out of the park' yesterday’ when in all reality he didn’t say anything at all.

    It was vacuous nonsense (like Big Society) & I’m surprised that you were so impressed?

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    Comment number 177.

    DSJ 169

    Confusion reigns.

    You were complaining about no ideas from Miliband, yes?

    Ok, so presumably it's not 'small state, low taxes' reactionary type ideas you're looking for - him being leader of the Labour Party and all.

    Right - ergo it must be progressive left ideas (such as those I gave you).

    Which you say you're glad we're NOT getting.

    So, what are you complaining about?

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    Comment number 176.

    Can someone please advise me for the Pub Quiz question 'Who is the Chairman of the Conservative Party?' Is it Michael Green (plausible name) or Grant Schapps (less plausible) but these questions are designed to introduce an element of doubt.

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    Comment number 175.

    Anyway, I'm retiring for a while wrapped in my red flag for warmth, and I'm going to watch Ed's conference speech again for added warmth. I'll probably chomp on a piece of black pudding while I watch and shout unheard encouragements to my leader.

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    Comment number 174.

    171. Haye
    Some of the examples that you were replying to were a first in the UK and so innovative was a good description. The word innovative is used regularly in many areas that doesn't aim to describe the first time its ever been done i.e. invention. Sorry to see your knickers are still so easily twisted.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Innovation

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    Comment number 173.

    #172Mike
    Labour needlessly borrowed 215Bn between 2001-2008 to fund ‘Jam forever’ public sector running costs. Capital investment isn’t even on the balance sheet – pay later PFI.

    This is an old argument & not worth debating with 400ch. But Labour will forever be associated with reckless overspend...a lot of trust to win back with ‘middle England’

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    Comment number 172.

    162. David St John .."then you get handed an enormous bill 13yrs later"

    Before the banking crisis the "bill", or deficit, was almost exactly what it was when the Tories left office in 1997. The deficit was greatly increased by the last government protecting our jobs and savings. Borrowing has increased under the current government, but I'm not sure why. Unfortunately, nor do they.

 

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