(AFP) – Jan 7, 2012
LONDON — Ed Miliband has defended his leadership of the Labour party, saying he has a clear plan for the party.
In an interview published in the Guardian on Saturday, Miliband said he relished the fight.
"I think it is a fight. I always knew it was going to be a fight. It is one I relish."
"I have a very clear plan and I have set out very clear themes ? the squeezed middle, young people and the next generation, responsibility at the top and at the bottom," he told the newspaper.
Labour peer Lord Glasman, who has advised Miliband in the past, had complained this week that the party appeared to have "no strategy, no narrative and little energy".
But Miliband hit back at critics, saying he was "the guy who took on (Rupert) Murdoch" over phone hacking and called for a shake-up of capitalism to remove "predatory" firms.
He called for 'responsible capitalism', saying his party shared its responsibility for things it "did not get right like bank regulation".
"Labour people are coming to terms with the fact that the financial crisis did not just have huge implications for Britain, it also had big implications for our politics," he said.
"I think what you see in a number of debates in the Labour party is how do we come to terms ? which I don't think we adequately did in government ? with the financial crisis and what it means for us."
Miliband also rubbished suggestions of splits within the shadow cabinet over the need to accept some spending cuts.
He challenged Prime Minister David Cameron to match Labour's pledges to curb executive salaries.
"If one of the big battlegrounds of British politics is going to be who is really going to take action on executive pay, I say 'bring it on'. I promise you they are not going to steal a march on us in this area."
"There can't be any more foot-dragging and backsliding. If David Cameron wants a more responsible capitalism - responsibility at the top and the bottom - then this would be a start."
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