To say that Ed Miliband does not have a particularly compelling personality is a statement of the obvious. His non-political hinterland is small and mostly pedestrian. The only remotely interesting thing about him is the brutal ambition that led him to betray his brother David- until then widely seen as the more gifted of the two- and drive him out of politics.
Nevertheless his clumsy geekiness could be sold as some kind of a positive- you may not have picked him for your playground football team, but maybe, at least, he has some kind of intelligence.
Not any more.
His latest declarations on the so-called "war on drugs" are not merely pathetically banal, they are almost entirely- indeed dangerously- wrong. They fact that he has only "read about cannabis" marks him out from the large majority of his generation who certainly have inhaled: so indeed the playground geek does actually live up to his stereotype. Despite this lack of knowledge, however, this has not prevented the Labour leader from suggesting that the failed war on drugs should nonetheless be continued, because to abandon it "sends the wrong signals to young people"
As police forces across the country facepalm themselves in contemptuous amazement, it is worth taking a step back and thinking about, you know, actual evidence rather than "wrong signals".
In report after report, from pressure groups, concerned worthies and the law enforcement officers themselves, it is crystal clear that the criminalisation and prohibition of many narcotics has not only become totally counter-productive, it has created even greater social ills than the simple use of the drugs themselves would have caused. The costs rank in in the billions of dollars and have caused untold human misery.
For Ed Miliband to dismiss the urgent need for wholesale reform of legislation as it concerns illegal drugs "because it sends the wrong signals" is the ultimate in contemptible gesture politics: to fail to do the right thing, because it might look bad.
Ed: not only are you a shit, you are an incompetent and unworthy shit too.
For this alone you are not fit for public office.