"We are going to show to people in 2014 how by standing up for the right people, by being willing to take on the powerful interests and make big changes in our economy, we can deal with the cost of living crisis both now and in the future so that we can earn and grow our way to a higher standard of living for people."
"People do not want the earth. They would much prefer some very specific promises, specific things about what a government will do - whether it's freezing energy bills, taking action on payday lenders, or tackling issues around childcare which lots of working parents face. All of this is adding up to a programme for how we can change things. It's clearly costed, it's credible and it's real."So three core issues for us to consider for 2013. Quite patently, the energy bill idea is beyond insane as we have discussed to death already many times. No only was its Milliband's barmy idea in the first place to set such a ludicrous carbon policy which has pushed up prices, but now he just wants to will it out of existence.
Payday lenders is an issue that puzzles me. If we don't like usury so much, then surely our ban happy politicians can just get rid of them altogether? As on energy where is brave Ed to set a maximum interest rate limit on lending? The ideological contradiction would be puzzling were it not so obvious that Milliband just latches on to whatever he thinks will hurt the Government ( in this way, how like Cameron he is, who will choose any policy as long as its popular?).
Finally, childcare and working parents. This is the most insidious of all. The whole idea of building a society where whole families have to go to work, whilst paying other people to look after their children - where mothers effectively get paid to look after each others children in a massive make-work scheme which achieves little except making sure kids are brought up by non-parent adults for big chunks of their young lives - is a pure Socialist nightmare. It ticks all the boxes, attacking traditional family units, creating make-work that relies on state subsidy, taking kids away from their parents to allow for state indoctrination, demeaning the role of fathers as carers and providers. It's perfect, no wonder it is a priority for Milliband.