Unedited notes posted immediately after Ed Miliband’s speech [3pm Tuesday 2nd October, 2012] Notes to be updated and revised later. [Asides by TR made at the time]
Relaxed style. Good confident start. Avoided podium and notes.. Speech had been leaked thoroughly.
Almost good joke to start. Told of his son who wanted to help him write his speech which must have ‘lots of dinosaurs in it’.
Strong style. Was it because his speech tics of Prime Minister’s Question time had been coached out?
Regulation applause seemed early on more obligatory than acclamatory. Evolked (surprisingly) Disraeli, for the concept of One Nation. Implicit ‘we are not under this Government, all in this together’.
Nice bit about understanding why people voted for David Cameron, acknowledging the tough start imposed..[slipped in a political swipe about the double dip recession worse than last one under a Tory regime].
If the medicine’s not working you change the medicine [warmer applause]. Adds [with good timing] …and you change the doctor.
Bit of millionaire bashing re ‘high tax rate rebate’.
Chief Whip bashing.
Nick Clegg bashing. [But aimed at the Leader not the Lib Dem party]
Good rousing attack on Government ineptitude (an ambush by multiple barbed arrows) gained louder applause. [TV picks out reluctant listeners and reluctant applauders].
Message to the banks: Fix it yourselves or we’ll fix it for you. If not The next labour government will sort out banks …once and for all.
Emphasized need to help give better chances for the 50% who won’t go to University. Technical Bacculaureate. Plans apprenticeship obligation for contractors.
Gove’s educational policy divisive. We won’t go back to that. [applause is warmer at last]
Attempt to deal with financial short termism. Offers to work with Business. Offers to be Euro-friendly.
“Here’s my difference on immigration. Recognise strengths as well wrong policies.”
[An aside from TR: That repeated clapping. Now I remember. It’s graduation day. Every one claps. It’s necessary, albeit tiring and mostly tiresome].
Magic of the NHS. Cameron has broken his election pledge to protect it. [Bit of a stage managed standing ovation]. Labour will repeal the NHS Bill. [Another aside: Not another reorganisation?]
Would there be a strong ending? Almost. Was it coherent? Yes. Was it a confident speech? Yes. It generally exceeded expectations (although expectations were generally low].
Reflections and analysis to follow