Tories and hacks from right-wing papers are queuing up to praise Ed’s “no notes” speech to Labour conference in Manchester — they’ve even cracked open the Tony Blair comparisons:
The Sun’s Tom Newton Dunn had an idea what was coming:
I’ve had a whiff of the main line in Ed’s speech; and it’s clever. Prepare for quite a cheeky lurch to the centre. #lab12
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) October 2, 2012
ITV News’ Tom Bradby was mooted as a possible candidate to succeed Andy Coulson as David Cameron’s top spinner:
Superb, transformative speech by Ed M. On the measures that really counted today, he hit the ball out of the park.
— tom bradby (@tombradby) October 2, 2012
Daily Mail deputy political editor Tim Shipman is probably more centrist than his paper:
Too long and absent of detail but that is the best speech by a Labour leader since Blair in about 2004.
— Tim Shipman (Mail) (@ShippersUnbound) October 2, 2012
“Red Tory” policy wonker Philip Blond:
Its a very very effective speech by Milaband- even the policy recommendations (taxes excepting) will resonate
— Phillip Blond (@Phillip_Blond) October 2, 2012
Telegraph deputy political editor James Kirkup begins his blog on the speech with the words: “Not bad. Not bad at all.”
Ed Miliband’s One Nation claim is cheeky, but David Cameron has a fight on his hands: Not bad. Not bad at all. H… bit.ly/VbpV6Q
— James Kirkup (@jameskirkup) October 2, 2012
Having said that so far this is the best speech he has ever made. Very confident delivery.
— Patrick O’Flynn (@oflynnexpress) October 2, 2012