David Miliband’s victory speech that never was to the Labour Party conference last September, leaked to the Guardian, reveals all too clearly the disastrous path down which he would have taken the party to near-extinction, by adopting the Osborne cut-and-slash strategy in full, and indeed perhaps going even further. His claim that “the party will only be trusted when we show in word and deed that the alternative to mean government is lean government” exposes just how far DM was taking on the Blairite project of shrinking the State and outsourcing public services wholesale. Osborne and Cameron have used the deficit created by the bankers (a rather important fact which DM disregards) as the pretext for a massive cutback of public services and of the role of the State, and DM clearly saw himself leading Labour down the same route. There would then have been three parties all agreed on a policy programme driving Britain into prolonged stagnation. What a near escape!