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  1. 1. Email Subscribe Home / Current Affairs / Ed Miliband’s best chance is to channel his inner nerd. Ed Miliband’s best chance is to channel his inner nerd. By Jason Loewenthal on November 25, 2014 Ed Miliband and Labour need to focus less on image and more on what they could offer if elected. There is a similarity between Miliband and former Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. They are both nerds. Rudd realised this and rather than trying to present himself as normal, he used his ‘nerdiness’ to his advantage. There isn’t anything very ‘normal’ about most politicians, there is no point in trying to pretend otherwise. In Australia, there can be an issue with mistrust of people that sound too intelligent. It is a mistrust that takes its roots from the white colonisation of Australia and its relationship with England. Many politicians there, just as everywhere, try to show how they are just a regular person. It was strange then that Rudd managed to gain a lot of personal popularity despite being much cleverer than most people and in many ways, odd. Yet, despite all his oddities, he was elected because of his policies which presented a real change to the government and offered things that many people wanted. Interestingly, it became easier for his opponents to criticise him for his quirks and demeanour than for his many failures in government. For four years as Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband has been trying to show how normal he is and that he would make a good Prime Minister if elected. This tactic isn’t working. It’s time that he stopped worrying about his image, stopped listening to the advisors that inevitably tell him what he should say and what he should do. He should just be himself. It doesn’t matter if the electorate find him strange, if he has good ideas and good policies that resonate with voters, that should be enough to get him elected. TweetTweet 2 0LikeLike POPULAR LATEST COMMENTS Businesses want ‘can do’ graduates – Part 10: First impressions count Film Review: Lucy How to use your time wisely Miss Kenichi: New album The Trail and new video ‘The Ghost’ 25 Signs You’re Getting Old Guarantee yourself a job interview by making 3 key changes to your graduate CV Ed Miliband’s best chance is to channel his inner nerd. Jason Loewenthal | November 25, 2014 Ed Miliband and Labour need to focus less on image and more on what they could offer if elected. There is a similarity between Miliband and former Australian Prime... NEVER MISS A POST! SUBSCRIBE HERE: MORE TIPS & ADVICE… HOME ENTERTAINMENT STUDENT LIFE CURRENT AFFAIRS CAREERS ABOUT US CONTACT Search
  2. 2. 25 Signs You’re Getting Old ← Previous Story Miss Kenichi: New album The Trail and new video ‘The Ghost’ 25 Signs You’re Getting Old Guarantee yourself a job interview by making 3 key changes to your graduate CV You must be logged in to post a comment Login ADVERTISEMENT Email Subscribe Related posts: An alternative way to job search Fresher’s Week May Just Have Finished, But Start the Job Hunt Now Businesses want ‘can do’ graduates – Part 10: First impressions count What employers want from you: Part 8 – Businesses want ‘can do’ graduates In 2007, Kevin Rudd managed to defeat John Howard, the second longest serving Prime Minister in Australian history. Rudd attacked the government on changes that had been made to workplace relations, effectively giving individuals less rights at work. One of the key changes was that unfair dismissal became harder for an employee to claim. Standing up for workers rights’ became a key part of the success of the campaign. The personal faults of Kevin Rudd were not viewed as important because he was able to clearly show how his government would be able to help people. Miliband needs to do the same; calling for more regulation of the banks, promising and end to zero hour contracts, raising the minimum wage and addressing issues to do with housing and cost of living are real issues that people can relate to. He won’t win a popularity contest with David Cameron, who remains relatively popular despite widespread disapproval of his government. He isn’t going to convince people that he is a man of the people like Nigel Farage has managed to do. He isn’t going to make people feel the way they did about Nick Clegg in 2010. Miliband needs to show that his government would offer something different for the poorest people in society. It’s too late for him to change his public perception, but it isn’t too late to show that he can fight for the people that he says he is fighting for. Have an opinion on this piece? 0 comments Related Posts: 1. Did Ed Miliband fail the job interview for Prime Minister? 2. The Great Debate 3. Do we vote for parties or personas? 4. The Importance of Being British: Why we need our Patriotism back RELATED ITEMS DEMOCRACY ED MILIBAND FEATURED GENERAL ELECTION KEVIN RUDD LABOUR PARTY POLITICS Facebook social plugin Also post on Facebook Posting as Jason Loewenthal (Not you?) Comment Add a comment... TweetTweet 2 0LikeLike How to create your own opportunities during your job search YOU MAY ALSO LIKE... NEVER MISS A POST! SUBSCRIBE HERE:
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