Speaking after the historic debate to Alistair Stewart, Ed Miliband, architect of the party’s manifesto, confirmed their ‘firm intention to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966’. Under intense cross examination, Miliband said the pledge had been fully costed and Alistair Darling had approved the promise provided that Scotland win the trophy in 2014. He also revealed Labour’s intention of phasing in the 2012 European Championships for Wales at the personal request of Welsh assembly first minister Carwyn Jones.
The Labour promise went down well with football fans watching the clash in pubs around the country. Devout England supporter Darren Bennett, 27, said ‘I was going to vote Liberal Democrat as I’ve been impressed by Vince Cable’s sound economic stance and his love of opera, but now that Labour are going to give us the World Cup, it’s a no-brainer.’
Once Tory advisors had finally managed to explain to David Cameron that the world cup in question was nothing to do with the polo world championships, the Tory leader acknowledged that their manifesto promise to ‘restore national pride by winning the Eurovision Song Contest’ now looked a little weak when compared with the football glory promised by the socialists.
‘We must admit that the Labour Party has come up with a real vote winner here and we are really struggling,’ said one insider speaking of the turmoil at Central Office. ‘Apart from the obvious difficulty of trying to come up with something of mass appeal to voters, we now have the Ulster Unionists pushing for the Northern Ireland football team to win something; but there is such a thing as stretching credulity.’
Meanwhile, after promising that England would beat Brazil in the semi-finals by ‘at least 5 clear goals’, Ed Miliband reminded voters that the Labour Party had a proven track record for delivering sporting glory. ‘After all,’ he told Radio 4 listeners, ‘England has never won the World Cup under a Tory Government.’
Labour denied it was making election promises it could not possibly keep, and went on to describe how Harriet Harman would come on as a surprise substitute with only twenty minutes to go to score a dazzling hat trick against the French, who had been two nil up following blatant handballs from Nicholas Sarkozy. ‘That is our guarantee,’ said the Minister.
15th April 2010