Decoding David Milliband's article
Andrew Pierce in the telegraph has an excellent piece on how what David Milliband wrote in the Guardian compares with what he really meant.
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He wrote: "The odds are against us no question. But I still believe we can win the next election."
He means: "We are doomed under Brown as no modern leader has recovered from such poor poll ratings. But they can prevail if they change leader."
He wrote: "We must be more humble about our shortcomings but more compelling about our achievements."
He means: "We have to stop taking the credit for the economic boom of the last decade while blaming the global slowdown for the sharp economic downturn."
He wrote: "With hindsight, we should have got on with reforming the NHS sooner."
He means: "It's Brown's fault because as Chancellor he opposed the creation of foundation hospitals and resisted the introduction of more private sector providers within the NHS."
He wrote: "We needed better planning for how to win the peace in Iraq not just the war."
He means: "Blame Jack Straw, a potential leadership rival, who was Foreign Secretary when Iraq was invaded and failed to develop with the US a post-Saddam strategy."
He wrote: "I disagreed with Margaret Thatcher, but at least it was clear what she stood for. She stood uncomfortably within the Conservative Party because she was a radical, not a conservative."
He means: "We no longer know what we stand for under Brown who has never been a genuine reformer and is also a conservative."
He wrote: "He [David Cameron] may be likeable, and sometimes hard to disagree with, but he is empty."
He means: "Does that remind you of somebody? Tony Blair perhaps who still won three elections."
He wrote: "The economic challenge is new, too. People want protection from a downturn made in Wall Street."
He means: "Please ignore Northern Rock, and the other British banks that lent irresponsibly, because I am blaming fat cat American speculators to broaden my appeal to the left of the party."
He wrote: "We needed a clearer drive towards becoming a low-carbon, energy-efficient economy, not just to tackle climate change but to cut energy bills."
He means: "Brown has never showed any interest in green issues, which is a factor in the huge in crease in fuel bills, and politically he allowed David Cameron to make all the running."