Labour leadership profile: David Miliband
Name & Title: David Miliband PC
Slogan: ‘A pro-business Labour for a brighter future’
- Labour needs to adopt a pro-business approach, calling for lower corporation taxes and more relaxed banking regulation so that the businesses won’t leave and ruin our economy
- Oh, I need another policy? Erm, it is my view that austerity has gone too far, too fast
Previous jobs: Ah, where to begin? I’ve been a policy analyst… Actually I’ve mostly just been a policy analyst and an MP. I was Environment Secretary in the Blair years (an unfairly maligned part of Labour history, in my view) and I was the third youngest foreign secretary ever, which was very exciting for my career development. Some people have called me a careerist, but I’m not running for leadership for the money. I’ve already got tons of that from my extremely lucrative speaking engagements. I’m very comfortable and very happy, and not cynical at all. I’ve also done some really fantastic work as president of the International Rescue Committee. I think I’ve done more for the world than any of the other candidates. I’ve certainly done very well for myself.
Tell us a bit about yourself: In many respects, I fully believe I could singlehandedly save the Labour Party. Maybe it’s just years of people saying I could and speculating about when I will, or perhaps it’s actually true. My apologies, did you mean about me personally? Well…
What makes you different from the other candidates? I’m Oxford educated like my brother, but unlike him I didn’t drop philosophy and I got a first. I think that speaks for itself.
How will you fix Labour’s electoral misfortunes? Listen. Everyone I talk to says they’ll vote for me. I’m not worried about getting elected.
Any last words? My brother is incompetent, a total laughing stock and he is absolutely not tough enough to win. Vote David Miliband if you want to see Labour succeed.
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