Ed M again dodges question on why his opposition to Iraq etc. wasn’t more vocal

Ed Miliband again side-stepped the question of why he hadn't been more vocal in his opposition to unpopular Labour policies in an interview with Yoosk.com.

Ed Miliband again side-stepped the question of why he hadn’t been more vocal in his opposition to unpopular Labour policies in an interview with Yoosk.com.

When asked “why did you a not make your opposition vocal, and join a cabinet which was pushing so many polices that you disagreed with?”, he replied only that he was “very proud of what we did as a government”.

Watch it:

The shadow energy and climate change secretary, writing in this morning’s Guardian, has pledged a “once in a generation realignment of politics”, vowing to offer a home to disgruntled Liberal Democrat voters – to which the Lib Dem press office replied:

“Dear Ed. Looked again. Labour’s still the warmongering, authoritarian, spendaholic party we thought. That was you in the cabinet, right?”

One of the questions put to David Miliband, meanwhile, was on his community organiser proposals, to which he answered:

“If you have three or four years until the next election, you can make sure that in every community in the country there is a community leader trained to be part of that movement for change that needs to exist, whether or not Labour is in government.”

Yoosk interviewed all five Labour leadership candidates, adding the five highest-voted questions for each candidate to the five most popular questions for the whole panel in conducting their crowdsourced interviews, as explained during the question-gathering process on Left Foot Forward last month.

• The other candidates’ answers will be released on Yoosk’s YouTube channel throughout the week, concluding with the questions that were put to the whole panel.

UPDATE 12.10

The Ed Miliband campaign have been in touch to point out that in The Guardian’s recent interview with their candidate, Decca Aikenhead wrote:

“On the Iraq war, some of his rivals have disputed his claim to have been opposed from the outset, but a friend of his confirms to me categorically that this was his position in 2003.”

Ed Miliband’s position on Iraq has been criticised by other candidates during the leadership contest. In a Radio 5 Live debate, Ed Balls questioned Miliband’s claims to have opposed the Iraq war at the time.

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8 Responses to “Ed M again dodges question on why his opposition to Iraq etc. wasn’t more vocal”

  1. Hitchin England

    @Ed_Miliband again dodges question on why his opposition to Iraq etc. wasn't more vocal http://bit.ly/c8WcLX reports @clairee_french via @le

  2. Stewart Owadally

    RT @leftfootfwd: @Ed_Miliband again dodges question on why his opposition to Iraq etc. wasn't more vocal http://bit.ly/c8WcLX reports @c …

  3. Shamik Das

    @Ed_Miliband again dodges question on why his opposition to Iraq etc. wasn't more vocal http://bit.ly/c8WcLX by @clairee_french @leftfootfwd

  4. Stewart Owadally

    @mr_onions @Ayse_Veli Then why didn't he just say so here http://tinyurl.com/3yl4n2g ?

  5. Wyrdtimes

    Really looking forward to Ed answering the question about an English Parliament.

    “A resent survey returned 68% of English people in favour of an English Parliament. The Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish are all benefiting from their own parliament or assemblies working in their interest. Isn’t it time the people of England were consulted on an English parliament working in the interests of the people of England.”

    Watch Miliband senior almost choke on the words “English people” then go on in true Labour style to tell the electorate what they want rather than asking them what they want. http://tinyurl.com/35f6l4g managed to completely avoid the question.
    He is indeed a master of evasion and insincerity.

    Really looking forward to Ed answering the question on Yoosk about an English Parliament.

    “A resent survey returned 68% of English people in favour of an English Parliament. The Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish are all benefiting from their own parliament or assemblies working in their interest. Isn’t it time the people of England were consulted on an English parliament working in the interests of the people of England.”

    Watch Miliband senior almost choke on the words “English people” then go on in true Labour style to tell the electorate what they want rather than asking them what they want. http://tinyurl.com/35f6l4g managed to completely avoid the question.

    Then there’s shifty Andy Burnham http://tinyurl.com/35lxewr. Who is against regional and national government unless it’s British national government and England broken into regions. He appears to be against devolution all together although I expect that really it’s only England he objects to having its own parliament. Not a word on answering the actual question and asking the actual people what they want of course.

    He criticises nationalist views as narrow but supports the even narrower regional view (after initially knocking the regional view as well). He comes across as absolutely clueless. But then he makes it clear that he’s Welsh, Scottish, Irish & British. Anything than being English despite being born in England and living here all his life and representing an English constituency. Why should anyone who knows themselves English ever vote for this man?

    So, certainly looking forward to hear Ed Milibands view on that question. Will he just avoid the question as usual? How will he justify not asking the people of England what they want?
    Then there’s shifty Andy Burnham http://tinyurl.com/35lxewr. Who is against regional and national government unless it’s British national government and England broken into regions. He appears to be against devolution all together although I expect that really it’s only England he objects to having its own parliament. Not a word on answering the actual question and asking the actual people what they want of course.

    He criticises nationalist views as narrow but supports the even narrower regional view (after initially knocking the regional view as well). He comes across as absolutely clueless. But then he makes it clear that he’s Welsh, Scottish, Irish & British. Anything than being English despite being born in England and living here all his life and representing an English constituency. Why should anyone who knows themselves English ever vote for this man?

    So, certainly looking forward to hear Ed Milibands view on that question. Will he just avoid the question as usual? How will he justify not asking the people of England what they want?

  6. Wyrdtimes

    My apologies for that – edit came out wrong. Please delete the above…


    He is indeed a master of evasion and insincerity.

    Really looking forward to Ed answering the question on Yoosk about an English Parliament.

    “A resent survey returned 68% of English people in favour of an English Parliament. The Scots, Welsh and Northern Irish are all benefiting from their own parliament or assemblies working in their interest. Isn’t it time the people of England were consulted on an English parliament working in the interests of the people of England.”

    Watch Miliband senior almost choke on the words “English people” then go on in true Labour style to tell the electorate what they want rather than asking them what they want. http://tinyurl.com/35f6l4g managed to completely avoid the question.

    Then there’s shifty Andy Burnham http://tinyurl.com/35lxewr. Who is against regional and national government unless it’s British national government and England broken into regions. He appears to be against devolution all together although I expect that really it’s only England he objects to having its own parliament. Not a word on answering the actual question and asking the actual people what they want of course.

    He criticises nationalist views as narrow but supports the even narrower regional view (after initially knocking the regional view as well). He comes across as absolutely clueless. But then he makes it clear that he’s Welsh, Scottish, Irish & British. Anything than being English despite being born in England and living here all his life and representing an English constituency. Why should anyone who knows themselves English ever vote for this man?

    So, certainly looking forward to hear Ed Milibands view on that question. Will he just avoid the question as usual? How will he justify not asking the people of England what they want?

  7. Robert

    Then give the welsh home rule, we do not have to have New Bloody Labour or Tory messing about with us. Whats the use of having assemblies unless they have real power, ours in Wales is basically toothless and expensive.

  8. Yoosk

    RT @leftfootfwd: @Ed_Miliband again dodges question on why his opposition to Iraq etc. wasn't more vocal http://bit.ly/c8WcLX

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