Miliband attacks Cameron’s Europe speech

January 22, 2013 3:46 pm

So “the speech” – barring any last minute changes – is tomorrow at 8am, and will take place in the Bloomberg building in Central London. That’s where Ed Balls gave his now famous “Bloomberg Speech” attacking Osborne’s austerity agenda (Cameron might want to leaf through it beforehand).

Ed Miliband has come out and (unsurprisingly) attacked tomorrow’s speech. Following a similar line of attack to Douglas Alexnader’s speech to Chatham House last week, Miliband said:

“Tomorrow’s speech by David Cameron will define him as a weak Prime Minister, being driven by his party, not by the national economic interest. In October 2011, he opposed committing to an in/out referendum because of the uncertainty it would create for the country. The only thing that has changed since then is he has lost control of his party and is too weak to do what is right for the country. “

“Everyone knows that the priority for Britain is the jobs and growth that we need. We have had warning after warning from British business about the dangers of creating years of uncertainty for Britain. This speech will do nothing for a young person looking for work, for a small business worried about a loan, for the family whose living standards are squeezed.”

“Britain needs a Prime Minister who is making change happen now in Europe, ensuring that we put jobs and growth ahead of austerity and unemployment.”

No doubt Miliband and Cameron will resume their hostilities on Europe tomorrow at PMQs…

  • Amber_Star

    David Cameron must think British business people are really thick. He will hold a referendum but he’ll campaign for an IN vote. As if the Tory Party will let him do that. Either he changes sides after election day & campaigns for OUT or there’ll be a coup & he’ll be replaced as Tory leader by somebody who will!

    If British business people believe that the EU is good for business, they’d better get firmly behind Ed Miliband & the Labour Party because the Tories cannot be trusted on Europe.

    • Daniel Speight

      The problem is that Labour is allowing Cameron to turn the next election into a virtual in-out referendum without actually promising an out.

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