May 25: Be’er do something about your enunciation, Ed

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From: Brian H Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.

ED Miliband can’t help his adenoids but like James 
Robson, I find his enunciation truly awful (The Yorkshire Post, May 21).

I am sure his speech patterns did him no favours in his disastrous election campaign.

The mantra for politicians 
and even royalty nowadays is not to sound too posh but Ed
Miliband has taken it to an absurd level not just with “gnu” and “gonna’ but the refusal to recognise the existence of the letter ‘T’ in the middle of any word, resulting in “be’er” (better), “ini’ed” (united) etc.

The only thing I liked about Margaret Thatcher was the way she spoke.

My understanding is that she took elocution lessons earlier in her career.

Come to think of it, most of the Prime Ministers in my memory, from the received pronunciation of Churchill, Attlee, Eden, Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home to the pleasant regional tones of Harold Wilson, made easy listening.

Not so Ted Heath’s southern counties drawl, but at least it was unaffected.

Tony Blair contrived a more populist delivery and with the advantage of an apparent 
charm (which escaped this reader I hasten to add), got away with it.

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