The Curmudgeon


Saturday, September 15, 2012

I Sort of Believe in the Least Worst We've Got

The leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition has once again demonstrated the extent of his radical vision by giving an interview to the Daily Torygraph about how little he disagrees with the Conservatives. Asked whether being rich was a Good Thing, the Upper (formerly Lower) Miliband answered, "Yes, if you make it the hard way"; then, as one would expect of a leader who has just passed a moral judgement, he proclaimed, "It's not for me to pass moral judgment." For the benefit of those who are being made poor the hard way, the Upper (formerly Lower) Miliband burbled some sweet nothings about making capitalism more decent and humane, doubtless with the same degree of sincerity as Daveybloke used to burble about the humane decency of the National Health Service. The Upper (formerly Lower) Miliband is "keen to show that he is a centrist", which naturally means dispensing with all those economically tainted leftish votes and trying to win over the kind of people whose idea of socialism begins with Kenneth Clarke and ends at The Gulag Archipelago. It is to be hoped that the Upper (formerly Lower) Miliband has no delusions about winning the next election by sheer force of personality. Nevertheless, despite his criticism of Blairite "light-touch regulation" (corruption, in Standard English), the Upper (formerly Lower) Miliband still managed a choirboy echo of the Reverend Tony's evangelical fervour: "I want to save capitalism from itself," he squeaked to the empty church.


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