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Discurso de Ed Miliband

Quarta-feira, 11.01.12

O Blog Esquerda Republicana (ER) fez-me despertar o interesse no que Ed Miliband, líder do Partido Trabalhista, andaria efectivamente a dizer.

O discurso a que se refere o ER, que pode ser lido aqui, tem de facto alguns excertos que merecem a minha concordância.


We warned that trying to cut spending and raise taxes too far and too fast would make it harder to get that deficit down.

The Government’s failure in eighteen short months has proved the point.


There are some who say that fairness is a luxury we cannot afford in tough times.

That fairness is something for good times, and nothing more.

I believe that is profoundly wrong.

When there is less money to spend, the choices are starker.

So our values matter even more.

And if you don’t believe me, talk to the low paid working families who are losing the most, thanks to this Government’s priorities.

Talk to the school-leaver, joining a queue of one million young people looking for work.

It’s Labour’s responsibility to find a new approach for tough times.

So we will be a different party from the one we were in the past.

A changed Labour Party.


The ideas which won three elections between 1997 and 2005 won’t be the ideas which will win the election in 2015.

And not just out of necessity, because there’s less money around.

But because we have to recognise some of the things we didn’t achieve.

The last Labour government did more to tackle poverty than any in British history.

Yet, inequality between the very top and the very bottom still grew.


We have already set out what

we would do to get the economy growing again immediately.

We would tax bank bonuses and use the money to get young people back to work.


Too often in the past we ended up with wealth creation which was built on unstable foundations.

With excessive rewards at the top and everybody else seeing their incomes squeezed.


That is why we have to take on irresponsibility wherever we find it.

At the top and at the bottom of society.

We have to end the situation where we have rewards for failure at the top — harming the company and its workforce.


We need an economy that builds long-term wealth creation, fairly shared.

But we also need to act on the vested interests that squeeze the living standards of vast numbers of people across the country.

Does anyone doubt that people are feeling squeezed?

The price of food is going up.

The price of gas and electricity is going up.

And the price of getting around, getting to work is going up.

And when there is little money to spend, fairness starts with how you are treated when you spend the money you have.


Take train fares.

This month, some are going up by as much as 11%.

Next year and the year after, some are going to go up by as much as 13%.

And that at a time when so many peoples’ wages are falling.

Some train companies have jacked up prices so much that some season tickets are now a fifth of the average salary in this country.

So much that some parents are giving up jobs because they can’t afford a child minder and a season ticket.

And what are the Government doing about it?


The Government are giving the train companies more freedom to rig the system of fares, so that the busiest routes get the biggest fare increases.

That’s got to change.


That’s why when we say invest money in our young people to make uni-versity more affordable, we also have to be clear that means not giving the banks the corporation tax cut this Government has planned.


My answer is different.

Different to this Prime Minister.

And different too to the previous Labour Government.

My Labour Party is not going to bow to the outdated idea that says that government cannot help, that there are no choices to be made.

My Labour Party is going to show that we can deliver fairness even when there’s less money around.

And in the end, once the savings have been made and the deficit has been reduced, the question is this:

What is your vision for this country?

This Government doesn’t have one.

But we do.

Because we understand that a responsible economy is also a stronger, growing economy.

Our vision is for an economy based on sustainable wealth creation.

Where rewards are more fairly shared.

Where we take on the vested interests that squeeze people’s living standards.

Where we stand up for the hard-working majority with the choices we make.

That is the basis on which Labour will govern.

That is what Labour stands for.

That is where Labour stands.


Sem dúvida um excelente discurso que merece ser lido na íntegra, e que reforça a minha esperança que a era deste capitalismo selvagem que nos arruina só pode estar no fim.

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