Wednesday 28 September 2016

Miliband mocked for engraved monolith vow

Matthew Holehouse

Published 04/05/2015 | 02:30

Mr Miliband, pictured yesterday, has repeatedly said he is not “measuring the curtains” for Downing Street when asked about his plans (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)
Mr Miliband, pictured yesterday, has repeatedly said he is not “measuring the curtains” for Downing Street when asked about his plans (Chris Radburn/PA Wire)

Ed Miliband suffered his "Neil Kinnock moment" yesterday, opponents said, after pledging to install an 8ft limestone monument to his manifesto in the Downing Street garden.

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Labour descended into infighting over who was responsible for the monolith engraved with six UK election pledges.

Mr Miliband unveiled the edifice to show his vows would be "carved in stone".

Chancellor George Osborne said it was a "Sheffield rally moment" - referring to Mr Kinnock's 1992 US presidential-style convention, in which he repeatedly shouted: "We're all right!" The rally was regarded as "triumphalist" and hubristic, and has been credited with costing him the election after voters thought he was taking them for granted.

Mr Miliband has repeatedly said he is not "measuring the curtains" for Downing Street when asked about his plans.

Prime minister David Cameron said the "tombstone" showed Mr Miliband had "a problem with judgment".

Other critics dubbed it a "policy cenotaph" and "the heaviest suicide note in history", and likened it to the stone tablets carried by Moses.

Mr Miliband wants the 8ft 6in monument to be installed in Downing Street's walled rose garden.

The structure carries his signature and a list of policy aspirations on the economy, living standards, healthcare, immigration and housing.

"These six pledges are now carved in stone," he said. "They are carved in stone because they won't be abandoned after the general election." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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