The Labour party conference 2011, second in the series of the UK's major parties' self-review, was sandwiched between the preceding one of LibDems and the succeeding ones of Tories coming next week. Was there any remarkable point discussed by the Harman's gawky eyed school boy, Ed Miliband, leader of the current opposition Labour party? To be precise it is a modest attempt to unify the wide electorate, the efficiency of which is a debacle in its own right.
Liverpool witnessed Ed Miliband, a struggling orator, take the Labour party further towards Leftism at a time when the party is trying to emerge as a strong opposition and from the shadows of Blair's leadership. Although the rhetoric was the same, asking for industrial intervention and more spending, Miliband's speech at the five-day conference brought out some challenging roles for the party. As Miliband emphasised on the vision of a one united nation under Labourism, the aspirations of the party seem to coincide with Cameron's brand of one-nation Conservatism. This overlapping of agenda between the opposition and the government would require greater trust building among the ordinary families of Britain for the Labour party, and an active role by the party workers towards achieving it.
The party conference went theatrical in its performance when Liverpool councillor, one of the previous LibDem supporters, changed her colour to the Labour's red, condemning Clegg's compromised translation of its manifesto, and in return received a standing ovation from the conference. However, the point here is that curbing tuition fee hike at lower level may prove an effective and lucrative offer to the young parents and families, thereby securing more local councillors as secure voters.
At the moment, Miliband has to focus on tying some loose ends within the Labour party. First he has to give direction to the Labour Party with some realistic and reformed policies to strengthen and widen its hold on the electorate. Currently its policy ideas can be easily adopted by the ruling coalition as time demands. Also, Miliband has to find a compromise between the persisting Blair and Brown camps within the party to unify from within his leadership and proactively create a faith in his worth as a party leader.
The summer riots, the phone-hacking scandal and the unsuccessful austerity drive have already led to the decline in popularity for the Conservatives among voters, leading the Labour ahead of the coalition. However, Labour will also have to lead the role of opposition from front and find the right opportunities to take advantage of the slack in coalition until the election dawns.
The conference could not create a promise of a stronger communicator in the party's leader and that is what Miliband needs to work at.