Today witnessed Ed Miliband’s third speech in less than a year that was delivered with the intent of generating headlines that he and the Labour Party had finally awakened to the fact that the majority of people – British people that is – had neither wished for nor endorsed Labour’s policy of encouraging mass immigration. In this respect, the BBC dutifully reported today’s speech addressed to the Fabian Society as constituting an admission that Labour ‘did not do enough for ordinary people, becoming distant on issues such as immigration.’ What Miliband then went on to emphasise, as in his previous speeches on Englishness in June and immigration in December, was that he was unapologetic for the fact that the ethnic and cultural fabric of society had been radically altered, and that on the contrary, he rather liked it and that it was something (to use a much abused word in recent years) to be ‘celebrated’. In a telling sentence he stated: ‘I bow to nobody in my celebration of the multi-ethnic, diverse nature of Britain.’
Since last June Ed Miliband has plainly be toying with Blue Labour rhetoric as advocated by Jon Cruddas, in an attempt to reconnect with Labour’s neglected and alienated former bedrock of support: the indigenous working class. However, Miliband has made it clear on a number of occasions that he finds the substance of Blue Labour rather too strong to stomach, so he has chosen instead to don patriotic drag in an attempt to portray a party that is still wholeheartedly in favour of mass immigration, muliticulturalism and the promotion of non-indigenous interests (I hesitate to employ the term ‘ethnic minority’ for the English are now a minority in their own capital) as standing up for the national interest. His arrogation of Disraeli’s ‘One Nation’ phrase is a conscious part of this attempt to dupe and manipulate public opinion. People would be advised to consider that when Miliband speaks of ‘one nation’, he is referring to all of the populations of the globe resident in our country, not to our nation: 'I am proud to celebrate the multi-ethnic, diverse nature of Britain.'
Although Miliband is correct in criticising the Conservatives for fostering divisions in society, he is wrong in positing Labour as the answer to these divisions, for he is intent upon cementing and widening the divisions that he and his party so assiduously cultivated whilst in power. If voters wish to find the positive political substance of ‘Blue Labour’, then they are going to have to look for it outside of the Labour Party. Miliband’s three speeches relating to this theme illustrate that although he and his likeminded confederates have heard the discontent emanating from the British public on this score and been unnerved by it, they have not listened, and they will not act upon it.
Ed Miliband's vision of 'One Nation' revisited for a third time