Does Ed Miliband read Vox Political?


Part of the Labour leader’s speech that really stood out for us here at Vox Political was his use of the phrase “For the privileged few.”

He said it a couple of times. Firstly, when discussing Gareth of the software company, he said: “He’s got a five year old daughter, he’s earning a decent wage, he can’t afford to buy a home for himself and for his family, he’s priced out by the richest. He thinks that unless you’re one of the privileged few in Britain the country is not going to work for you and your kids are going to have a worse life than you.”

His words echoed a series of images created by Vox Political during the Conservative Party conference last year, when it became clear that the toffs were talking to themselves and had no interest in the vast majority of the British and Northern Irish people. Working with a friend on Twitter, we produced images like this one:

'For the privileged few': George Osborne.

‘For the privileged few’: George Osborne.

And this one:

'For the privileged few': David Cameron.

‘For the privileged few’: David Cameron.

Had Mr Miliband been reading this blog before he said, “In the next eight months the British people face one of the biggest choices in generations; a choice between carrying on as we are, on your own, for the privileged few, or a different, better future for our country”?

You decide.

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6 thoughts on “Does Ed Miliband read Vox Political?

  1. Nick

    house prices in the uk are horrendous in many areas and will get worse. it’s very difficult to get a grips with it thou as it is a world wide problem

    where i live in the south of England you need a joint salary of £50’000 gross to purchase a 3 bed semi

    that’s a down payment of 10% £27’000 and a mortgage then of £247’500 on a property worth like mine of £275’000

    when interest rates rise next year things will be much worse as any mortgage above £200’000 is very precarious over a 25 year term no matter what job you have

    just staying fit and well is a tall order staying sane even less so

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Who says interest rates will rise next year? When Labour get into office, the figures might suddenly get a reality check.

      1. Michele Witchy Eve

        Mike, could you expand and clarify what those reality checks might consist of? Either here or in another post. There is little said anywhere how Labour would avoid a backlash from property owners if the price of property or housing falls even if interest rates don’t go up.

      2. Mike Sivier Post author

        Unemployment figures are currently – shall we say diminished? – by several factors.
        Nobody who is on a mandatory work activity scheme is included in the unemployment figures, even though the taxpayer funds them with benefit payments throughout the placement.
        Nobody who has been sanctioned – fairly or unfairly – is included in the unemployment figures.
        Many people are currently claiming tax credits as ‘self-employed’, having been persuaded to do so by advisors at Job Centre Plus. They do this in the belief that it means they won’t be constantly hounded by the same advisors or face sanctions (but have actually swapped one peril for another as HM Revenue and Customs will eventually be chasing them from the tax credits money, saying they are lying about being in work).
        I’m sure I’ve missed one or more other groups.
        Add all of the above back in and you have anything up to a million extra unemployed people.

        The bad news for people who have bought property during the current period of high prices is that they should be prepared for the price of their home to drop once the house-building bottleneck is eased. They bought their houses during a period when prices were artificially raised, because government policies have choked off the building of any social housing and planning policies have stopped private developers from building housing (they don’t want to put up social housing, as required by the law, so they sit on their planning permissions). Once these bottlenecks are eased (the solution is obvious – the government should allow local authorities to build social housing again), prices will come down.

    2. Florence

      Let’s hope Ed is not just reading and picking up your best slogans but will also be nicking your policy proposals, too!

  2. Mr.Angry

    Here Here Florence, Mike speaks common sense with an element of compassion something sadly lacking with the tory toffs. Sorry can not bring myself to use capital letters for those undeserving muppits.

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