David Miliband told the campaign trail that his pledge to train 1000 future leaders as part of the “community organising”, Obama-lite “Movement for Change”, was more important than winning or losing the campaign. In reality the whole thing was a failure. Funny he didn’t bother staying in Manchester for the Movement for Change events that were planned before he lost.
He told the Guardian in June: “To bring out the best in my leadership, we need to bring out the best in leadership at every level. This campaign is not electing a new leader. We all have to be leaders now.” Well, you’re not.
Miliband’s withdrawal statement is imminent, there must be part of him that wishes he had spent less time faffing around trying to look with it and more time phone-banking union members. Will he take the Purnell line and say he is going to spend more time as a mythical nonjob “community organiser”?*