May 19, 2014

Ed Miliband's "intellectual self-confidence"

A provocative tweet from Janan Ganesh introduces his article about Ed Miliband (£) with the thrust that
There is more to "intellectual self-confidence" than believing in things a lot.
But Janan's argument (supple as usual) is too kind to the Labour leader.

It is easier for Mr Miliband to believe in his intellect because he lacks imagination. He cannot conceive that people affected by his policies might take avoiding action. It is the Gosplan view of human beings as cogs in a machine. Now where did he get *that* from, I wonder!

(We can also see his lack of imagination in PMQs, where all too often he can't think on his feet.)

Secondly, like his brother and oddly for a politician, he flinches from making decisions.

An indecisive PM is surely like a pacific medieval monarch - begging to be swept aside.


A K Haart said...

I agree - Miliband does lack imagination. Maybe that's because he knows Labour voters are much the same. Hard to tell.

John Page said...

To think himself into the minds of his voters would require ... imagination. So I don't think it's that, I think his (occasional) policies are painfully constructed intellectual constructs.

James Higham said...

If the British public put Beaker in, then the brains of the British public need to be examined by specialists.

Johnm said...

That would be the same public that elected two beakers?