Here are some thoughts prompted by Ed Miliband's first speech as Labour leader, I'm old enough to have heard about "new generation's" having taken over, this that or the other political party and whilst it may be a cliché to me I'm sure its a fresh concept to the odd whippersnapper or two, but any follower of politics of any age will be familiar with this meaningless banality.
Ed Miliband's selection as leader, is indicative of just how Labour and I suppose politics in general has become more like some dull corporate world, neither of the Miliband brothers look big on charisma or personality.
Politics without passion, is how I'd describe Labour today, just look at all, that apologetic language of how, Labour made mistakes but of course, the word which spokesmen of all sorts use, particularly when they've just shafted you is "understand" as in "I understand the product/service has failed" while thinking don't worry, we've taken your money.
I just counted how many times Ed Miliband used the epithetical term, 14 times, no surprise like many a dodgy salesman the word responsible was a little less frequent, in fact despite being in the last Labour government writing the last manifesto, the word responsible was not used once in the context of say we the Labour party were responsible for Iraq/banks/economy, still Ed Miliband says "I will be a responsible Leader of the Opposition." but responsible in the true sense, not flipping likely.
To round up then, understand this, Labour is kidding nobody, you were in government, you had a popular mandate and frankly screwed up.