A politician or any public figure, in general, is perceived based on his views and ideas related to certain situations in the environment. Their ideas represent who they are, and what they stand for. The ideas that make a person more inclined towards the goals they think they have to achieve for the well being of the people under them. The people who elected them as democratic leaders and are very much looking forward to the logical, analytical as well as communicating and diplomatic skills of their elected leader. Ed Miliband is an opinionated leader and an influential individual as he proved from his tenure in the parliament. Here are some of the views, opinions and policy perspectives of Ed Miliband and how they evolved with the passage of time.
Personal Description of Views
Ed Miliband had the idea of being a contemporary politician, paving new ways for the party to walk on rather than following the footprints of predecessors like Blair and Brown. He wanted to escape the Labour party’s debatable past and expressed how new politics are required in the system. When he was standing for the elections of Labour party;s leadership, he expressed his opinions against Blaire’s policies and mentioned that he considers himself a socialist so he cannot stand social injustice on the grounds of civil liberties or foreign policies of the state. Before even being the MP of Doncaster North, Ed openly expressed his
However, Miliband expressed his desire to support Israel and remove bans on Israel manufactured goods as he wanted to maintain good relationships with that country being a jew himself. But he also openly expressed that being close to the country meant he could criticize them as well where they were wrong, pointing out to the unlawful Palestinian murders and violence. Miliband identifies himself as a feminist and supports the homosexual communities by vouching for allowance of marriages in gay and lesbian couples to they could be recognized as lawfully wedded couples in the society as any hetreosexual couple.
Opinions about Other Politicians
Being an active politician in the British government, Ed had many positive as well as negative associations with many political personas. When Ed was still the leader of the Labour party, he used to criticize David Cameron which was his rival at that time as the head of the Conservative party and became Prime Minister after. He accused him of using orthodox political techniques by promising people about what they want and not being able to deliver them in actuality. He also had extremely critical views about the leader of Liberal Democrat Party at the time, Nick Cleg for allegedly selling out the key party voters and thus betraying the Labour \party after the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.
He publically announced that he would require the resignation of Nick Clegg as the party leader if they want to go under an agreement in future with the Labour Party under Ed Miliband’s leadership. He would not even stand the presence of Nick Clegg on the same floor during campaigns considering him too toxic for his and his party’s image. Although Ed supported and had relatively positive relations with Lord Ashdown, Charles Kennedy, Simon Hughes, Caroline Lucas, Vince cable etc during the campaigns. He praised Margaret Thatcher after her death and showed appreciation for the work she did in her lifetime. Ed chose Clement Atlee as his most favorite serving British Prime Minister and also adored the work of his seniors Gordon Brown and Tony Blaire.
Perceptions of Media
Media portrayed Ed Miliband as a strong opinionated person who could stand for his beliefs and attempts to give advantage and rights to the people he is standing for. However it is courtesy of the comic perspectives of politics that the media found a striking resemblace of Ed Miliband with the classic British animated characted Wallace from Wallace and Gromit. So they portrayed his images and animations with unusually exagerrated facial expressions. Other than that, one of his famous media portrayal was when he had a TV appearance in Jeremey Paxman’s show before electionsand was asked if he was tough enough to be the Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Ed gave a wittingly confident response, ”Hell yes, I’m tough enough, which the media enjoyed and couldn’t forget.