His aim was probably just to pretend to be a normal person, but in a radio interview, Ed Miliband said he blubbed at his favourite movie, the comedy Pride. He was talking to Absolute Radio’s Geoff Lloyd and said he blubbed at the film about the lesbian and gay community in London who went to demo with the miners in Wales when the mines were being closed down. Based on a true story, the National Union of Mineworkers was at first reluctant to accept the group’s support due to public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group. The gay activists go directly to Wales, win over the miners and the union turns out to be a triumph.
The sharply written comedy is a delight as the sincerity of the gay guys wins over the butch buttoned up miners and character roles are played to the hilt, but the whole film is ruined by the basic thread of dishonesty that runs through every scene. There are vitriolic outbursts at the hated Maggie Thatcher who carries the entire blame for the suffering of the miners.
Like Ed, tears ran down my cheeks, but for rather a different reason. I was in a rage. The film is an outright lie. In fact, Harold Wilson and Labour closed far more mines than Maggie did. Harold Wilson closed 211 mines between 1965 and 1970. From 1979 to 1990, Lady Thatcher closed 154 mines.
The film has noble elements, great comedy and excellent acting, but it is a Labour promo, with Lady Thatcher as the scapegoat. The blood of a dreadful deceit runs through its veins. The film is based on a terrible lie, Ed, and you must know that. It leaves a dreadful taste. Why do you think I was crying?