Miliband 'not playing class card'

Wandsworth Guardian: Labour leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester Labour leader Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester

Labour leader Ed Miliband has denied he was trying to play the class card by highlighting his education at a north London comprehensive.

Mr Miliband's references to his time at Haverstock School in his keynote speech to Labour's annual conference in Manchester, and in a party political broadcast on Wednesday evening, have drawn comparisons with the background of Eton-educated David Cameron and one Conservative MP has accused the Labour leader of using "class warfare" tactics.

But Mr Miliband said that, as someone who was seeking to become Prime Minister, he felt he should explain to voters where he came from and what experiences formed his political beliefs.

Speaking after his no-notes speech in Manchester, in which he claimed for Labour the mantle of the "One Nation party", Mr Miliband told ITV1's Daybreak: "It's not to do with a class act. It is much more to do with trying to explain who I am. People have been saying to me, 'as somebody who wants to be prime minister, we need to know more about you and what makes you tick'."

Mr Miliband said he was "flattered" to have his performance compared to Tony Blair, adding: "Tony Blair gave incredible conference speeches."

He brushed off opinion polls taken ahead of his speech which suggested only one in five voters saw him as a potential prime minister: "If you start looking at the polls as a leader, that's not the thing to do. Do what's right for the country, say what you think is right for the country. I think what people heard yesterday is how I want to change the country. Goodness knows, people are less interested in the polls and more interested in what's happening to their family finances."

Mr Miliband said his speech had set out a "different political approach for new times".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I think I said when I became leader, we need to move on from New Labour and people then said 'Does that mean a return to Old Labour?' and I think what I was setting out very clearly in the speech yesterday was 'No, it doesn't'. It does mean a different political approach."

He added: "Let me just be very clear about this: the banking system, the media, Rupert Murdoch, the energy companies - we didn't do enough to demand responsibility." Mr Miliband said he had been "very clear" with his party in the speech that "we're not going to have lots of money to spend".

The Government's economic strategy rooted in political ideology, he argued, had not worked. He said: "They (the Government) believe that there is a public economy and a private economy and the two don't really depend on each other, that's the way they portrayed it, definitely Two Nations. But actually what turns out to be the case is they were wrong, that's why this is a country in recession, because they believed that, if you just cut as hard and as fast as you could in the public sector, the private sector would miraculously take over, it turned out to be wrong."

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8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:44pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

8:45pm Mon 8 Oct 12

A Casual Observer says...

He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible. A Casual Observer

5:31pm Sun 21 Oct 12

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

A Casual Observer wrote:
He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.
Groundhog day ?

The only people who mutter on about class are people like you who know nothing about anything but like having a rant - but did you really have to repeat yourself quite so many times ?

Trouble is, as you know nothing, if you ever had anything to do with Government you would probably make an even bigger mess than that idiot Prudence Brown did.
[quote][p][bold]A Casual Observer[/bold] wrote: He certainly SHOULD have played the 'class card', after all we are now fully in the midst of an all-out Class War against the Tory scumbag oppressors who want to kill-off as many poor people as possible.[/p][/quote]Groundhog day ? The only people who mutter on about class are people like you who know nothing about anything but like having a rant - but did you really have to repeat yourself quite so many times ? Trouble is, as you know nothing, if you ever had anything to do with Government you would probably make an even bigger mess than that idiot Prudence Brown did. Idontbelieveit1948

6:22pm Sun 28 Oct 12

loonyleft says...

The government are fighting a class war it's time to fight back,what has pensioners and disabled people done to deserve what is being visited on them,David Cameron, is a bigger idiot than Brown could ever be he's done so many u-turns he is in a permanent spin.
The government are fighting a class war it's time to fight back,what has pensioners and disabled people done to deserve what is being visited on them,David Cameron, is a bigger idiot than Brown could ever be he's done so many u-turns he is in a permanent spin. loonyleft
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