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Ed Miliband ripping up the rule book or taking a leaf out of the liberal playbook


The New Statesman yesterday published an article saying that Miliband’s speech where he told the nation he was “ripping up the rule book” set the agenda at party conference this season.

Ed Miliband has got some praise for his “ripping up the rule book” stance from the media like from Medhi Hasan, the guardian, the mirror, Daily Mail, The times, The Independent.

My problem though with Ed’s ripping up of the rule book is that he is really doing no such thing.

Ed is turning to a rather old playbook, one in recent times that is often ignored. That is the liberal playbook.

Ripping up the rule book might not be play 1 in our playbook but it is certainly within the top 10.

The “something for something” and the “no fast buck” new rule that Ed is trying to introduce and create policies for is Vince Cable’s responsible capitalism. Its based on that liberal principle of self interest is your best interest and the best interests of the group as a whole. Meaning that if you go for the “fast buck”, your taking away from the interests as a whole and eventually the society comes crumbling down with you at the centre.

The misguided “predator” and “producer” is effectively just business ethics which again comes down to responsible capitalism.

Considering George Osborne in his speech took a leaf out of our liberal playbook, I think we need to start taking a sneak peek at their playbook so that we can nudge both Labour and the Tories out of our liberal patch.

If we can muscle Labour and the Tories out of the liberal centre ground, then liberalism can rise from the ashes to form a majority government in 2015.

 

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