Our panel responds to Labour's general election shop windowby Prospect Team / April 13, 2015 / Leave a comment
Today, the Labour party launched its manifesto with a speech by Ed Miliband in Manchester, attended by the Shadow Cabinet. While few voters will have been watching, Miliband’s team will be pleased with the good appraisal his performance received from the press.
What is Labour promising?
Speaking at the launch today, Miliband said that the manifesto offered not just “a shopping list of proposals,” but “seeks to answer the questions you are asking” about the way the country is run. One key criticism of Miliband’s Labour leadership has been that he has displayed moments of brilliance, but failed to tie his ideas together in a coherent narrative. The manifesto looks to allay that, knitting together Labour’s proposals into a clear offering: “a country where hard work is rewarded, with high skill, high wage jobs. An economy built on strong and secure foundations, where we balance the books.” With this document, Miliband dismisses the anti-austerity economic challenge on his left flank from the Greens and the SNP as irresponsible and fantastical, while setting out what Labour would do to address the rampant inequality, social fractures and Little England mentality the party says have worsened under the Coalition.