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英国工党领袖埃德·米利班德在2013年工党年会上的演讲

发表时间:2015-06-02内容来源:VOA英语学习网
It’s great to be in Brighton. AndI want to start by thanking somebody from the bottom of my heart for thekindest of words. Not Justine …oh, I would like to thank her, a round ofapplause for Justine please, ladies and gentlemen. Not my mum … but a womancalled Ella Philips. It was local election day, Ella rode past me on her bike,she fell off …it’s not funny! I helped her up and afterwards she called mesomething I had never been called before: she said I was an “action hero”. Whyare you laughing? She said I was an action hero “who mysteriously appeared outof nowhere”. And she said, “What added to all the confusion was that Ed wasactually attractive and not geeky at all”. I promise you, she did say that. Shesaid, “Even the way he appeared was suave”. I don’t know why you find this sofunny, friends. “He was dressed casually, but he had style”. Sounds quite me,doesn’t it? Now I was pretty pleased with this, as you can tell, until somethingdawned on me: Ella was concussed. She was badly concussed. In fact, she herselfsaid, “I was seeing things because I was still in quite a daze”. Well, Ella,you are not kidding. But let me say, Ella, if you are watching today, thankyou, you have made my year. I want to start today with thesimplest of thoughts. An idea that has inspired change for generations. Thebelief that helped drive us out of the Second World War and into that greatreforming government of 1945. An ambition that is more important now than ithas been for decades. An emotion that is felt across our country at kitchentables every night. A feeling that is so threatening to those who want to keepthings as they are. Words that are so basic and yet so powerful, so modest andyet so hard to believe. Six simple words that say: Britain can do better thanthis. Britain can do better than this; we are Britain, we are better than this.Are you satisfied with a country where people are working for longer for less,year after year? Are you satisfied with a country divided losing touch with thethings we value the most? Are you satisfied with a country that shuts out thevoices of millions of ordinary people and listens only to the powerful? Are yousatisfied with a country standing apart as two nations? Well I am notsatisfied. We are Britain, we are better than this. And we have to rebuild anewOne Nation. An economy built on your success, a society based on your values, apolitics that hears your voice – rich and poor alike – accepting their responsibilitiestop each other. One Nation, we are going to make it happen, and today I amgoing to tell you how. I want to start with leadership.Leadership is about risks and difficult decisions. It is about those lonelymoments when you have to peer deep into your soul. I ran for the leadership ofthis party, it was really hard for my family, but I believed that Labour neededto turn the page and I was the best person to do it. I when I became leader Ifaced a decision about whether we should stand up to Rupert Murdoch. It wasn’tthe way things had been done in the past, but it was the right thing to do so Idid it. And together we faced them down. And then the other week I faced aneven bigger decision about whether the country should go to war. The biggestdecision any leader faces, the biggest decision any Parliament faces, thebiggest decision any party faces. All of us were horrified by the appallingchemical weapons attacks in Syria, but when I stood on the stage three yearsago, when I became your leader, I said we would learn the lessons of Iraq. Itwould have been a rush to war, it wasn’t the right thing for our country. So Isaid no. It was the right thing to do. You see, the real test of leadership isnot whether you stand up to the weak, that’s easy; it’s whether you stand up tothe strong and know who to fight for. And you know I am reminded of a storyback when I was starting out, standing to be an MP in Doncaster, with a womancalled Molly Roberts. Molly was in her seventies, and there I was candidlytrying to get her vote, sitting in her front from sipping a mug of tea. And shesaid to me, “How can you, who weren’t brought up in this area, possiblyunderstand the lives of people here, their hopes and their struggles?” It wasthe right question, and here is the answer. For me it lies in the values I wasbrought up with. You see in my house it was my mum that taught me these values.About the importance of reaching out a listening to people, of understandingtheir hopes and their struggles. She is the most patient, generous person Ihave met in my whole life. And she taught me never to be contemptuous ofothers, never to be dismissive of their struggle. Now she was teaching me alesson of life. And some people will say, ah yeah but you have to leave decencybehind when it comes to politics. Well I say they are wrong, because only ifyou reach out and listen can you do the most important thing a leader can do,the most important qualification in my view for being Prime Minister. Only thenwill you have the ability to walk in the shoes of others and know who to fightfor, whoever your opponent, however powerful they are, guided by the only thingthat matters: your sense of what is right. This is what I believe, this iswhere I stand, this is the leadership Britain needs. And when I think about who weneed to fight for I think about all the people I have met over the last year. Ithink of the people Britain and their enormous and extraordinary spirit. Ithink of our troops, serving so bravely all around the world. Let us paytribute to them today. You know I have seen in Afghanistan those young men andwomen, young men and women who are young enough to be my son or daughterserving our country, and it is a truly humbling experience. And the events of thelast few days in Kenya remind us of the importance of being ever-vigilantagainst terrorism at home and around the world. I think of the brave men andwomen of our police force, who serve with so little credit each and every dayfor our country. Let us thank them for what they do. And then I think of allthe people I have met over the last year. During the local election campaign Idid something unusual. I went to town centres, market squares and high streetsand I stood on a pallet – not a soapbox, but a pallet. And I talked to peopleabout their lives. I remember this town meeting I had in Cleverly. It was justcoming to the end of the meeting and this bloke wandered up. He was incrediblyangry. It’s a family show so I won’t exactly repeat what he said. He was soangry he wouldn’t give me his name, but he did tell me his story about how hespent the last ten years looking after his disabled wife, and then another fouryears looking for a job and not finding one. He was angry about immigration andsome people in the crowd booed him. But actually he wasn’t prejudiced, he justfelt the economy didn’t work for him. And then I think about the two markettraders I met in Chesterfield, standing by their stalls, out in all weathers,working all hours, and they said look this country just doesn’t seem to berewarding our hard work and effort. There seem to be some people gettingsomething for nothing. This society is losing touch with our values. And then Ithink about this beautiful sunny spring day I spent in Lincoln. And the face inthe crowd, this young woman who said she was an ambulance controller. So proudto be working for our National Health Service. And so proud too of her youngson. Because she was a single parent, nineteen years old, and what she said tome was, “Why does everybody portray me as a burden on the system? I am not aburden on the system, I am going out, I am doing the right thing for thecountry, why doesn’t anyone listen to my voice?” And then I think about thisscaffolder I met just around the corner from where I live. I was just comingback from a local café I’d been at. He stopped in me the street, he said to me,“Where’s your bodyguard?” I said I don’t have one, but that’s another story. Hetold me his story. And what he said to me was “look, I go out, I do the work, Igo all around the country, again out in all weathers, I earn a decent wage, butI still can’t make ends meet”. And he said to me, “Is anyone ever going to doanything about those gas and electric bills that just go up and up, faster thanI can earn a living?” He wanted someone to fight for him. Now if you listen tothese stories – four of millions of the stories of our country – and you haveyour own, and your friends and family, what do you learn? All of these peoplelove Britain, they embody its great spirit, but they all believe that Britaincan do better than this. Today I say to them and millions of others you’reright, Britain can do better than this, Britain must do better than this,Britain will do better than this with a government that fights for you. But for Britain to do better thanthis we’ve got to understand why we got here, why things are so tough at themoment even while they tell you there is a recovery and why unless we putthings right it will only be a recovery for the few. Now what I’m about to tellyou is the most important thing I’m going to say today about what needs tochange about our country. For generations in Britain when the economy grew themajority got better off. And then somewhere along the way that vital linkbetween the growing wealth of the country and your family finances was broken.This is, this goes beyond one party or one government. It is more important toyou than which party is in power, even more important than that. You see, when Iwas growing up in the 1980s, I saw the benefits of growing prosperity, peopleable to buy a house, a car, even a second car, go on a foreign holiday theirgrandparents would never have dreamed of. Not spend all their hours at work,able to spend time with kids, not working all the hours that god sends, have asecure pension in retirement and also believe that their kids would have abetter life than them. That feels a long way away from where Britain is todaydoesn’t it and that is because it is. You see, somewhere along the way thatlink got broken. They used to say a rising tide lifts all boats, now the risingtide just seems to lift the yachts. Now I say this to the people of Britain. IfI were you I wouldn’t even take a second look at a political party unless theymake this their central defining purpose because your future depends on it.Your children’s future depends on it. Britain’s future depends on it. I say weare Britain we can do better than this. Now I have got a question for youladies and gentlemen, do the Tories get it? [Audience: No] Oh come on, I didn’t hear you, dothe Tories get it? [Audience: No] 来自:VOA英语网 文章地址: http://www.tingvoa.com/html/20150602/249169.html
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