Labour needs a "revived politics of Englishness" to restore its electoral fortunes, leadership candidate David Miliband has argued.Without making light of the serious issue raised by Miliband - the almost complete collapse of Labour in the south and east of England - waffle like "a revived politics of Englishness" does nothing to address the problem, and this sort of technocratic non-language only makes David Miliband sound like an idiot.
Instead, he argued, Labour needs "a revived politics of Englishness rooted in a radical and democratic account of nationhood", appealing to "the English commitment to democracy, to equal life chances and to challenging corporate excess". (1)
As if his previous literary ruminations had not already achieved that (2).
Noose, firing squad or guillotine?
1 - "Labour must revive 'Englishness'," unattributed article. Published by the UKPA, 1st of July, 2010. (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5hRmVcH9lHsg8yAVwWxmuF2qVi2Xw)
2 - As described previously on lefthandpalm: http://lefthandpalm.blogspot.com/2010/06/ye-gods-part-2.html