Miliband turns on 'tainted Cameron'
Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Ed Miliband will today launch a strong personal attack on David Cameron, branding him a "tainted Prime Minister" who stands up for the rich and powerful rather than ordinary people.
The Labour leader will try to exploit the snapshot of Mr Cameron's lifestyle revealed before the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday, including his close relationship with Rebekah Brooks, the former Murdoch executive and near-neighbour in his Oxfordshire constituency. Mr Miliband will tell Labour's national policy forum in Birmingham that the scandal being exposed by Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry is not just a media one but a symbol of what is wrong about the way Britain is run.
He will argue that the "Murdoch scandal", the UK recession and the global economic crisis show the orthodoxies about the economy, society and politics are "crumbling before our eyes".
Claiming that Mr Cameron cannot be the solution because he is part of the problem, Mr Miliband will say: "This is a Prime Minister who sent the texts, received the texts, even rode the horse. And what we now know is we have a tainted Prime Minister. Tainted because he stands up for the wrong people. Tainted because he does not stand up to the rich and powerful. Tainted because he cannot be the change this country needs.
"When this Prime Minister says 'we're all in it together', he means country suppers with Rebekah Brooks. When we say we are all in this together, we are talking about the hard-working people of this country."
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