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Labour, Ed Miliband, Murdoch and Bandwagons

Seemingly the most important thing in politics at the moment is to distance yourself from Rupert Murdoch and his News International empire. He is the most vile person on the planet swiftly followed by Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. James Murdoch is in the running too and behind them are everyone who has ever worked for a News International company and then anyone who has bought a News International product.

Well that is what the pitchfork and fire wielding holier than thou mob are screaming but to be fair the general public aren’t too far behind although they don’t want to round up and shoot everyone who has paid for Sky TV or ever bought The Sun or News of the World – unlike a lot of the holier than thou mob. From what I can gather anyone who has given a Murdoch company even a penny doesn’t deserve to live on the same astral plane as those who haven’t – and are therefore clearly better than everyone else.

So apart from these perfect people being better than everyone else what can we look for? Well if these people are right and that Murdoch is a big issue then let’s look at the blunt truth. The Labour Party have courted and long had support of the Murdoch empire. The Tories have the same issue. The other parties from the Lib Dems to the Green through to UKIP and even the BNP to not have those issues. Therefore is this a big strike against those parties or not?

I am sitting here with Ed Miliband on Sky News (oh no – I’m watching Sky News – string me up now!) and listening to him then I’m sure that he and his party have always hated Rupert Murdoch and his empire. He is being clear. However as we all know the truth is not the same as the facade that he is putting up. It is like Ed Miliband is jumping on a public bandwagon and seeing how far it can take him. ‘I won’t rest until this deal is delayed until after the criminal investigation’ says the Labour leader as he sounds strong in his hatred and distrust of the Murdoch empire. He also says that Labour (when he wasn’t in charge) was pretty crap on this issue but under him they are strong and are standing up against Murdoch.

It just doesn’t wash with me. It reeks of a bandwagon jump – and a dangerous one in all honesty but heck that is his style of opposition politics. Labour under Ed Miliband is not proactive but a reactive opposition and I wonder if that is good enough to give Labour a victory in 2015. Of course that General Election is a long way off but in the year or so since Ed Miliband took control of the party I have not heard any policies or ideas that aren’t reacting to public sentiments (Bankers, NHS, Murdoch) and it will be fasinating if he keeps this up for another four years and runs his whole 2015 General Election campaign on a strategy of ‘we’ll listen to the public and do what the most vocal group say’ and see just how that would play out with the electorate.

Labour and Ed Miliband are sounding great in all honesty but can people see through them? That is the question.

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