Ed Miliband has put the willies up ConservativeHome

Ed Miliband has seen this Tory-led government pull a fast one on the 'C2s' and the 'strivers' and has offered something the Tories cannot give.

Fear has ripped through the Conservative party’s activist base right before conference. Why? Because Ed Miliband gave a fine speech.

Sensible Tories have long been saying that energy prices are too high. Even more sensible members of the party realise that rather than criticise Ed, the onus is on companies to sort themselves out – not potentially hold the country to ransom with black-outs because of their vested interests.

A YouGov poll on Thursday, accounting mostly for polling before Ed’s speech to conference, showed that Labour’s lead has risen from five points to nine. Labour are now up two to 41 per cent, while the Tories are down two to 32 per cent. This is expected to stay more or less the same, perhaps with a slight spike upwards, when another poll is revealed today post-speech.

Labour’s focus on the cost of living is clever, people like it, it’s classic Labour territory, and it is also classic One Nation territory. And it has put the willies up ConservativeHome, too.

Today is the day they begin their new ‘anti-establishment’ campaign: Homes, Jobs and Savings for all.

They more or less admit that the Tory Party’s lurch left in the early stages of Cameron’s leadership didn’t work. Tim Montgomerie, the once editor of said blog, who a couple of years ago was worried about pandering to the Guardian liberal left, has been proven right.

But the so-called ‘Fox Newsification’ is no balance either. Telling illegals to go home on the side of a van may have appeased the type of Tory voter for whom UKIP now appeals, but what did it achieve for the country?

Indeed, how did austerity Britain help them? In the opening salvo of the campaign by ConHome editor Paul Goodman, he writes of “what used to be called ‘the rising class’, [or the strivers], before globalisation challenged that rise and austerity halted it”.

Mark Wallace at ConHome also made his plea to the government and the Tory party to do right by savings. “Savings”, he correctly points out, “are good for us. Someone with savings has protection against unforeseen calamities”.

But how can we save when we are being led down the ‘road to Wongaland’ by George Osborne. It wasn’t long after Mark Carney declared interest rates would stay low that critics remembered that we have returned to the day where a recovery will be fuelled by consumption and rising debt.

As it has been pointed out time and again, George Osborne sensibly said during his Mais Lecture in February 2010 that: “The overhang of private debt in our banking system and our households weigh heavy on future prosperity”.

But now look. Private debt is Osborne’s only tool. As Wallace himself notes, 31 per cent of British families save absolutely nothing each month and 23 per cent of families have no savings whatsoever.

Ed Miliband has seen this Tory-led government pull a fast one on the ‘C2s’ and the ‘strivers’ and, through commitment to One Nation, has offered something the Tories cannot give: a government which sticks up for them and challenges the status quo and vested interests.

To the editors of ConHome: good effort! But for fiscal responsibility and greater prosperity for the working man and woman, Ed has it covered.

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9 Responses to “Ed Miliband has put the willies up ConservativeHome”

  1. JR

    Good stuff. Ed’s opening salvo is a media winner, and has knocked his opponents off balance before they have even got up on the stage.

    That said, he needs to forge a path with business too or the Tories will take him to town on the economy. Mandy and Al have played their parts well, but both know the value of working with industry, banks and businesses.

    It doesn’t have to be a love in, and it doesn’t have to be something voters understand, but ignoring the way that our current economy works is no way to build a recovery of any kind.

  2. A taxpayer who cares

    You lot are comedy …….. Milliband? Labour? Really? Have we forgotten how incompetent, spendthrift and ghastly they are ….. I think not ….

  3. mikems

    Didn’t your mother teach you manners, young man?

  4. Jake Church

    i certainly know how your tory poshboys are, greedy, uncaring, selfcentred out of touch bullies happily destroying the people at the bottom whilst heaping tax breaks on the rich and companies where a tory has his greedy paws

  5. Toryhater

    The other week we had bongo bongo, followed by the Libelous demolish on conference, this week a breath of fresh air ONE NATION a fair deal for all next week its the turn of the CONMEN.

  6. duckman

    The tories are in real long term trouble. They have low ethnic minority support, low young support, low female support and low working class and “Celtic” support and continue to be seen as the Nasty party

  7. blarg1987

    To play devils advocate you can’t say the alternative has been really any better and to be honest both parties have roughly followed simular policies over the last several decades, PFI, the city being the biggest focus of the economy etc.

  8. Tim

    Exactly Jake. It can’t get any worse under Labour than what posh boy and chums are doing at the moment.

  9. kipper

    A fuel price freeze is just a dictator´s caprice and does not solve the problem in the long run.

    I hope – as future PM – that he treats his fellow citizens as his own brothers.

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