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Ed Miliband’s summer speech: Soundbites against soundbites

The Labour leader is attempting to cast himself as a politician of big ideas rather than photo-ops, but he overestimates the electorate's appetite for political debate

By Jay Elwes  

Miliband has finally remembered to talk about the deficit. © Jay Elwes

The room was remarkably full 30 minutes before Ed Miliband arrived, audience bubbling, smooth yet unassuming music plupping over the PA system. The room was set up for a performance in the round, concentric circles of seats arranged about a central arena of floor, in the middle of which stood a spindly metal table, and on it three full glasses of water. It was a hot day…

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