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.