He did use the word "leadership" four times though. It looks like all those people who thought he'd ruled himself out of the contest to be the next PM are having a change of heart. Hate to say I told you so but... It now looks increasingly likely that Reid will be the Blairite sponsored "anyone but Brown" candidate. Beau Bo D'Or sums up the situation perfectly.
Here are a couple of lowlights from Reid's speech which I thought were particularly noteworthy.
My guiding purpose is to reduce fear.Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...
There are, if you wondered, sixteen uses of the words "terror", "terrorism" and terrorist" in Reid's speech. But the Doctor will protect you.
I don't dispute that terrorism poses risks to British citizens and it clearly must be tackled. To do this successfully, it is crucial to realise that the most dangerous thing terrorism can do to society is force it to abandon its own soul. Reid is utterly incapable of understanding this. I'm only half joking when I suggest that this is probably because he doesn't have one.
Reid also said:
We will go where we please, we will discuss what we like and we will never be brow-beaten by bullies.This, from a New Labour politician. It beggars belief. How does that principle sit with the fact that we've now have to ask permission to protest outside our own parliament?
Here's an image from last year's Labour Party conference.
We will go where we please, we will discuss what we like and we will never be brow-beaten by bullies.
I want to see the widest, deepest, national alliance. That's why I am genuinely saddened by the response of the opposition...He then launches into one of his trademark assaults on Cameron's Conservatives. Now, I hold no torch (or indeed oak tree) for the boy wonder so the attack itself doesn't bother me unduly. But, to call for a national alliance and in the very next breath indulge in a sustained bout of party political name calling takes an unprecedented degree of shamelessness. Even for a politician.
Reid exemplifies everything that is wrong with politics in this country today.
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