David Cameron has a shallow charisma derived from a deep sense of entitlement that gives people the impression of leadership. He has the confidence of someone who expects to get his way. This is seductive to the electorate. It is dangerous. If you look at his domestic decision making in terms of immigration and education for example and his record of diplomacy in Europe and elsewhere he is incompetent and incoherent, acting on the basis of what will make him and his government look good.
Ed Miliband however seems genuinely driven by a sense of injustice and is deploying policies designed to make peoples lives better. Not just the well off but for society as a whole. People seem to have begun internalising the media’s message that he is a weak leader because it’s been repeated so many times. But he has a much more thoughtful and deep charisma derived from the fact that he engages with the issues and makes decisions on the basis of what is best for the people and not his image. This carries much more authority and legitimacy for me than the showmanship and self-interested pomp of Cameron.