DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Ed Miliband shows who he is - an utter catastrophe 

Ed Miliband pictured during last week's TV debate

Ed Miliband pictured during last week's TV debate

Launching his party’s business manifesto last week, Ed Miliband extolled the virtues of British companies in fulsome terms, ‘from the multinational to the family firm’.

He promised a future Labour government would help them in ‘creating wealth, making profits, and providing jobs’, and asked the business community to join him in a partnership ‘to build a better future together’.

Yesterday the business community gave its answer. In a survey of FTSE 100 company chairmen, 70 per cent said a Miliband government would be a ‘catastrophe’ for the economy and 90 per cent believe he’d make a worse prime minister than David Cameron.

And is it any surprise, given Labour’s nakedly anti-business agenda? They want to raise corporation tax, regulate energy markets, effectively outlaw casual labour – vital in many industries to both worker and employer – and renationalise the railways.

Where Tony Blair once wooed the City, Mr Miliband has reverted to the traditional us-and-them language of socialism, characterising some big corporations as ‘predators’.

By contrast, David Cameron has a proud track record of fostering a climate where business can thrive and create the jobs this country needs. Having inherited from Labour an economy on its knees, he has helped transform it into the fastest growing in the Western world.

Indeed, today sees the introduction of a raft of tax benefits made possible by that transformation – the marriage tax allowance, increases in income tax thresholds and a real-terms increase in working-age welfare benefits.

Even Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon – potentially Mr Miliband’s partner in government – reportedly thinks Mr Cameron would make a better prime minister than him.

Mr Miliband was further embarrassed yesterday by the leaking of a crib sheet he used to self-prompt during last week’s TV election debate. It seems he had to keep reminding himself that he was ‘a happy warrior’, ‘calm never agitated’ and a man of ‘decency, principle and values’.

David Cameron has a proud track record of fostering a climate where business can thrive

David Cameron has a proud track record of fostering a climate where business can thrive

At the top of the first page he had written: ‘Relish the chance to show who I am.’

There really is no need for him to bother. Business leaders already know who – and what – he is. Miss Sturgeon knows, and we can only pray the voters realise it before election day. He is quite simply a catastrophe waiting to happen.


Home cure for NHS

More than one in five GPs is now foreign, NHS hospital managers routinely travel to Spain and Portugal to hire nurses, and today the Mail reveals that ambulance bosses are flying more than 10,000 miles to recruit Australian paramedics.

The Mail has one question: With the NHS so desperate for staff, demands increasing every year due to an ageing population, and thousands of young British people clamouring to become doctors, nurses and paramedics, why on earth don’t we train more of our own medical staff?

It may be expensive to begin with, but it’s surely the only long-term solution to this crisis.


Cereal offender

Following Amazon, Google and Starbucks, the breakfast cereal giant Kellogg’s has emerged as the latest US-owned multinational making a fortune in Britain while paying almost no tax here.

Isn’t it about time Chancellor George Osborne lived up to his repeated pledges to clamp down on such blatant avoidance?

The taxman is quick enough to jump on ordinary people who don’t pay their taxes. Why should massive foreign corporations be given preferential treatment?