Wag The Finger

Have you been watching Prime Ministers Question Time recently? I am somewhat disappointed in the performance of Ed Milliband. When he was a minister, he spoke with assurance and calmness, addressing the problem and comfortably formulating an answer.

Since becoming leader he has struggled to portray the image of a leader, more like a headmaster.  Have you noticed the way he leans forward? looking towards the bar and then his finger points out, as if he was reprimanding an errant pupil.

There is  no spontaneity it’s all scripted to perfection, when David Cameron said “we are doing all we can to get young people in to work” he should have leapt to his feet saying “no you are not, there are a million young people looking for work”! But he didn’t, just followed the script and wagged the finger.

Why can he not be emotional, show he cares, wave his arms around? When a politician cares he needs to show it, let the electorate see that what he speaks about comes from deeply held conviction, not the script writers views on what he should be saying. The public are pretty savvy they know when a politician is speaking  from the heart and beliefs, they also know when a politician is just using a formula till it is election time.

So come on Ed, revert back to the style you had as a minister, tell the spin doctors this suit doesn’t fit.  I had real confidence in you then, believed you would be a better leader than your brother.  Put the finger away, become a bit more Italian, not like Berlusconi, but with passion.

About michaeldouglasbosc

I am retired and live with my wife on a small olive finca in the middle of a forest in the mountains of Spain in Catalonya. I served 9years in the armed services, am an engineer and because of my love of navy sailing ships a naval historian of the 1700-1800's, plus the author of 10 books. When I retired I started writing adult books my first being A Soldiers Wind. Then came Stanley's story again adult books such was his life. Another book on life in the 1950's this very much an adult book. I have now returned to my love of the sea and my latest navy book 'A Plymouth Story' follows the life of Dr James Blackstock. But Clearing In The Forest is an historical fantasy set in the middle ages at the end of King Johns reign. All the books are published on Kindle and Create a Space in paperback. I have worked all my life and for relaxation I sailed a coastal yacht for many years, but deep inside me was a writer waiting to get out. So when I retired I started writing I find story telling both relaxing and - for me - a pleasure.
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