On February 25th of this year, that is.
How’s that for a cynical and desperate attempt to up the numbers on this website?
We also grudgingly said nice things about the man in May 2009 and in July 2009, when he was in Manchester in 2009.
A chunk of that latter post bears re-posting
“That said, I don’t see what more- on a personal level- you can expect from a politician than she/he
a) turns up in spirit as well as flesh,
b) doesn’t overuse precious time (he again kept the ratio of his introductory remarks to total time at about 1 to 4), and
c) actually listens to questions and answers them coherently and concisely.
I don’t know where Ed Miliband got his “working a room” skills. Maybe from his rather cool dad? Maybe he just honed them himself? But – and this is the strangest compliment I will ever pay a Cabinet minister- he wouldn’t have been out of place in an anarcha-feminist gathering of Climate Campers. He was judicious in seeking out female speakers, was neither patronising or over-solicitous, turned questions around, sought more information etc. I know several self-proclaimed “non-hierarchicals” who could learn a thing or three from watching this Labour Party (stodgy hierarchical) and Cabinet (powerful bearpit hierarchical) minister operate.”
There is actually a disturbing number of MCFly posts that mention him. I am not on retainer, but maybe I should be.