Miliband claims he is "nose" in front of PM David Cameron on economy

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LABOUR LEADER Ed Miliband claimed he was a “nose ahead” of the PM David Cameron today in his keynote speech to the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.


But his PR speech ended up in disaster as for a few minutes, broadcast power was cut off, meaning the mainstream media could not stream his speech LIVE on TV on the BBC and SKY.


The speech, which was low on policy announcements, was really a direction  of where the Labour leader stood in the Labour movement  today and how Labour could shape Britain in future – assuming it wins the 2015 election.


The days of the Blair and Brown years were swept aside by him, as he said they were “great men,” but “they were the past,” he said.


His speech was “directed” by a famous film director, Paul Greengrass, director of films such as United 93, Bloody Sunday, and the “Bourne” films with Matt Damon.


He joked though that he was a “nose” in front of David Cameron, by being on the centre ground of British politics.  


The joke related to an operation he had earlier this year, a deviated septum. He even said he was named on the day of his operation, Ed Nose Day.


He told a packed audience in Liverpool that it was “great to be here in Liverpool. Labour, Liverpool.”


And he told them: “If this government does not sort out the deficit in this parliament, we will sort it out in the next one.”


Miliband’s speech talked about values, saying Britain at the moment was a system based on “something for nothing culture.”


People, he said, want to become celebrities instantly, without putting the work in.


He said that Britain needed a new set of values.


The old set of values were over, he claimed. But he wanted more “producers,” not “predators – people making a fast buck”. He wanted to promote better British business, responsible business.


On welfare he said that he wanted to tackle the scroungers not because he was anti-welfare, but he was pro it.


Like Ed Balls, he slammed the coalition cuts, and claimed that there was an alternative way to bring the deficit down, but also gain growth.


Balls’s VAT cut, and the bankers’ bonus share would help young people get jobs, he said.


On the NHS, Miliband jibed: “You can’t trust the Tories on the National Health Service.”


He said on David Cameron: “He is the last gasp on the old set of rules.”

Deputy PM Nick Clegg claimed last year that there was a “new politics” in town from the coalition.


Miliband claimed that he was the “new” politics now – rewarding hard work, “Labour work”.

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