Miliband’s ‘proper job’

WHEN David Miliband was running for the Labour leadership last year, I asked him straight out on one of his tours of Haverstock School how he could expect to lead the party and the country when he had never had a ‘proper job’, i.e. one out of the world of politics. He wrinkled his nose a little and put me in my place:

I think Foreign Secretary is a proper job. The 24-hour nature of politics nowadays means you have to have lots of different skills, and employment experience is only one of them.

Still as he prepares to get some employment experience as a teacher and on the board of a football club, hey, maybe it wasn’t such a stupid question after all. If the  kids at Haverstock benefit from it all, good luck to him.

4 Comments on Miliband’s ‘proper job’

  1. David Douglas // January 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm //

    So why could he not teach in South Shields and join a football team in London? Football for northerners and education for Londoners. Sums up the literati attitude of North London lefties. I often wonder how much time he spends in South Shields, or Ed M in the old pit villages of North Doncaster! cant see either down the Terriers Arms downing pints….

  2. Local Tory // January 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm //

    Seriously, is there nothing we could do to force all MPs to have had a real, outside politics, job? I wouldn’t mind what it was, but just something where they might have experienced “the real world”.

    Honestly, Miliband and running the country, it’s like a virgin setting himself up as a sex advice columnist.

    • Phil Jones // January 13, 2011 at 6:14 pm //

      Wot, like David Cameron…?

      Eton — Bullingdon Club — Tory research dept (allegedly arranged by someone working at Buckingham Palace)– PR man for Carlton (allegedly arranged by wife’s family) — Tory MP — PM

  3. William Nawrocki // January 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm //

    Why is David’s middle finger up in the photograph?
    Maybe he is trying to re-live his mis-spent teenage years with a little immature behaviour, or maybe this is the secret “Masonic” identification sign for all those who attend or have attended Haverstock School?

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