June 18th, 2010

Is David Running Scared?

If ever there was a true “heir to Blair” it would be David Miliband. Mentored and politically raised by Tony and Cherie, his old boss is staying out of the race publicly, though he has apparently loaned David some of the Blair Foundation’s staffers for the duration of the campaign. Of all the candidates running David Miliband is meant to be the furthest to the right, but his piece in this morning’s Guardian is quite the eye-opener. Finally a leadership candidate is talking about the economy and the deficit. It doesn’t make for good reading though:

“If the Tories stick to their proposed formula of £4 of cuts for every £1 of tax rises this will see departmental spending slashed by a third outside of the NHS and international development. The balance should be 2:1.”

He goes on to call for an end to the charitable status for independent schools, extending the City bonus tax rather than raising VAT, a mansion tax and with faux naiveté he backs the “Robin Hood Tax“. Anyone would think Miliband was a little worried about his brother’s gaining popularity and is steering quite hard to the left. All good mood music to his party, but is an unconvincing shift in the direction of whacking up taxes really going to give him the keys to No. 10?


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  1. 1
    Head Lizard says:

    I wondered were he was getting funding

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      Labour = misery

      They are such a worthless irrelevance, who cares after their reputation lies there in ruins for all to see.

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        David Cameron and his lack of self awareness says:

        Petulant schoolboy? Silly and insignificant little tosser I would say.

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      • 89
        If ever there was a true “heir to Blair” it would be David Cameron. Because he is. says:

        DAVID CAMERON, the young pretender to the Tory throne who came close yesterday to embracing Tony Blair in his conference speech, has already done so in private.
        Mr Cameron, 38, who has put a modernising agenda at the centre of his campaign, clearly enjoys the comparisons that have been made between him and Labour’s most successful modern-day Prime Minister.

        At a dinner with newspaper executives on the eve of his address, he took the comparison a step further. “I am the heir to Blair,” he said. If his hosts were in any doubt about what they had heard, Mr Cameron repeated the mantra. He also said that a Cameron Tory Government would not reverse all of the Blairite reforms in the public services.

        George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor and fellow member of the so-called Notting Hill set of young modernising Tories, was also at the dinner table. Mr Osborne, defending the heir to Blair boast, said: “We have nothing to be ashamed of in saying it.”

        the Editor of The Daily Telegraph, which has yet to declare for any of the five candidates, was not so sure. “David,” he said. “I would not repeat that outside this room.”

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      Up sh1t creek says:

      David Miliband has lost the plot with his rant on Newsnight the other day. Apparently the Con/Lib coalition are into “economic vandalism.” Strangely the £2.5 Trillion deficit that Labour has run up is not “economic vandalism.” The blank cheques Labour gave out before the general election to buy votes is also not “economic vandalism.”

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        Hugh Janus says:

        “The blank cheques Labour gave out before the general election to buy votes is also not “economic vandalism.”

        Correct – it was just another attempt to buy votes, pure and simple. Funny how so many of the schemes were in NuLiebour marginals.

        Pure coincidence of course….

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        rocknrolla says:

        Good link: Miliband has all the presence and stature of a petulant schoolboy, even losing his rag and resorting to cursing “how the Hell?” It is obvious that he has never had a real job in the private sector.

        Given that he was Foreign Secretary we sometimes lose sight of just how immature, silly and prone to throwing around the word “outrageous” he is – he is not prime-ministerial material.

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          Anonymous says:

          Petulant schoolboy? Silly and insignificant little tosser I would say.

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          • Thunderbox says:

            His performance (at a distance) on Newsnight last night would echo what you have said. Particularly as the Conservative representative remained calm and bludgeoned Millipede on the Forgemasters taxpayers loan ( Half a million pound per job creation). My money would be on that arse Mandelson pulling the puppet strings. Total pewk making socialist garbage.

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          Lubey Loo says:

          Bananaman spent his time making H Clitnon a bit moist. Nothing else.

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      • 55
        Geezer says:

        This fucker is trying to cloud deficit with debt.Most of the public think they are the same.here’s a good link explaining it,take our the word federal.

        http://www.afn.org/~concord/coalition/debtdef.htm

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        HDB111 says:

        Kirsty will not give up her left wing creds easily, Milliband speaks with a remarkable low voice for a castrati

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    • 24
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Peter Hain talks about the job cuts to non existent jobs….. vis-a-vis the coalition government withdrawing the £80m loan New Labour gave before the general election to a Sheffield steel maker.

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        The Court of Public Opinion says:

        Loser hain at his best.

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        • 83
          Ophelia Balls says:

          Hain at his best. Is there actually such a thing?

          A fading tan on a fading politician.

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      • 85
        Erich Honecker says:

        Dimblebore was another petulant, sniping twat with his nasty comments to the woman on his right. Time his sinecure was terminated – he and the rest of the moral-high ground parasites. He and his bro will have to fund their own jerk-off travelling holidays.

        Dismantle the Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation cum Guardianista nexus.

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          Grammar School Boy says:

          Amanda Platell could’ve and should’ve wrapped Dinglebury in knots. He always managed to get a snearing dig about the Daily Mail.

          He was VERY disappointing last night, yet again.

          Long past his sell by date for political objectivity.

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  2. 2
    jdennis_99 says:

    ‘It should be 2:1′.

    It should be 5:0. We pay enough in tax.

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  3. 3
    The Court of Public Opinion says:

    So much focus on the losers who just got their worst election result since 1931.

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  4. 5
    Spin On This says:

    He or Ed can count on the support of Oona King. The wretched creature was on This Week last night and said she’d be voting for one of the Milibands. Of all the Blair “babes”, she was always the most sickeningly obsequious and sycophantic. On This Week, she couldn’t even bring herself to acknowledge the dreadful state Labour left the economy, and made it sound like the coalition inherited a garden of roses! And on the £2bn cuts to Mandelson’s spending spree on marginal constituencies, she said it was money for schools and hospitals! The spineless Hunt is always careful with her words so not to appear to be saying anything negative about Labour. Absolutely awful person. She’d have happily voted for nuking Iraq if Blair had called for it.

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      cant hunter says:

      Next mayor of London !!!!!

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    • 57
      Up sh1t creek says:

      The Conservatives are “trashing Labour’s entire economic record”??? Nothing to trash, the dire state of the UK economy speaks for itself……

      Even made Michael Portillo raised an eyebrow at Oona’s claim.

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        HDB111 says:

        She does not even understand VAT, talking head good for Boris

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        Spin On This says:

        This is why I like Portillo. King is scum. So glad Brillo knocked her down on her pathetic Ashcroft dig. “That’s not our money, that’s Tory money”. She’ll say and do anything to curry favour with the Labour Brownshirts.

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    • 58
      Up sh1t creek says:

      Oona King on the Labour leadership contest….

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      • 91
        Spin On This says:

        One of the Milibots has probably promised her lots of TOTALLY LEGAL AND ABOVE BOARD funding for her Mayoral campaign. Hunt.

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  5. 6
    Erich Honecker says:

    Who cares about this marxist whore — a fucking waste of a life.

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  6. 7
    Head Lizard says:

    Guido.This is Littlejohns poster maker

    http://www.glassgiant.com/wanted/

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  7. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Is it too much to hope that Blair’s Foundation is breaking any rules by providing political support like this?

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    • 26
      rocknrolla says:

      Even if it is Blair will slime away from it. He ruined our country, killed thousands of people and now gets to swan off as a millionaire.

      At least we know he has to wake up next to that ugly pig Cherie – surely a fate worse than death.

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    captain cumshot says:

    Milliband will say absolutely anything to get the Labour leaders job, especially with his muppet faced brother breathing down his neck.

    Likes to surround himself with ugly lesbians when doing impromptu TV shit speak.

    How progressive.

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  9. 10
    Tom FD says:

    Loaned Blair foundation staff?

    Smith Institute II?

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  10. 11
    The next Kinnochio says:

    Irrelevant. Who cares who is going to lead Labour to their next defeat?

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  11. 12
    BBC Executive says:

    We here at the BBC pride ourselves on being balanced and impartial. Now onto our autumn schedule, packed full of goodies, like a Labour Night on BBC2, which will be an evening dedicated to documentaries and debates on Labour, a new comedy panel show on BBC1 hosted by Alastair Campbell, and a new Sunday night chat show on BBC1 presented by Peter Mandelson.

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    • 14
      Dorian Smith says:

      I do look forward to the repeat of the BBC adaptation of the classic:

      Love, Labour’s Lost

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      • 65
        Dick Tator says:

        Ho ho ho. I like it. Can I borrow it?

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        Honest View says:

        Good one. A play to rank with the Scottish Tragedy (a life of Brown) or that epic on Cherie’s blunders, “The Timing of the Shrew.”

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    • 82
      To see you .... not nice says:

      Don’t forget Celebrity Come Dancing where they are desperate to sign Peter Madnelson to secure the gay viewing interest.

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  12. 13
    Anonymous says:

    The organ grinder was poor.The monkey would be worse!Good luck to Ed.

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  13. 16
    Lord Prescott of E Numbers says:

    ‘ey, lad. Get me a pizza, will ya? That curry I ‘ad last night has been makin’ me arse sound like a vuvuzela. I need summat to cleanse me bowels. A nice deep pan meat supreme should do the trick. Pauline’s gettin’ fed up of me breakin’ wind in front of her. It feels reet good, though. Tracey didn’t mind nowt when I did it in front of her.

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    Hugh Janus says:

    “…he has apparently loaned David some of the Blair Foundation’s staffers for the duration of the campaign.”

    The Bliar Foundation is presumably a charity? If so should it be involved in political activity??

    Anyone from the Charity Commissioners care to comment?

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  15. 18

    If the right wing candidate carries on like this, then “Next Labour” are going to make Militant look like UKIP.

    Keep it up banana-boy. Together we’ll keep Labour out of government for a 1’000 years…….

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    Spank Sinatra says:

    Poison Dwarf will not win the leadership – he has alienated too many of his core electorate. His gonk of a brother Ed has it for the taking. Either way, who gives a toss. They are yesterday’s men. Utterly devoid of depth of thought.

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  17. 20
    Ann Clwyd: Super Cunt says:

    I’ll do whatever the Labour leader, whoever it is, tells me to do.

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  18. 21
    An average Muslim's take on the issue says:

    Jihad Jihad!

    Sorry, that’s all I’ve got to say on this, or indeed, any issue. Oh, and death to the west and death to kit-kats.

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  19. 23
    Hugh Janus says:

    I see (opposite) that Peston is up for Controller Radio 4.

    Please God, let it be so, and get him off the airwaves.

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    An average Muslim's take on the issue says:

    Death to Spongebob Squarepants!

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  22. 33
    filipinomonkey says:

    Disappointing picture Guido, don’t you have something that more accurately captures the depth of talent this young and progressive future leader has?

    Maybe something showing his support of the Fairtrade movement, fruit growers for example?

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  23. 35
    Mrs Duffy says:

    here’s the leap.then will come the dip

    http://www.kitco.com/charts/livegold.html

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  24. 40
    Wes Streeting II says:

    David Miliband is a supporter of rendition, torture and is completely unapologetic about the Iraq war. The true heir to Blair

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  25. 43
    MI5 says:

    O/T

    “Sir” Michael Shyte getting trendy…?

    That’s a joke…

    He must be reading this blog…

    Having supported Labour for years he’s now being nasty to his old friend the Mong FFS!

    Wonders will never cease…

    Michael – it’s the only good thing you have done in your 75 years of journalism (apart from lamping Aly Al Campbell of course)….

    And BTW

    Are you still a member of the Lobby ????

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  26. 45
    cant hunter says:

    We sat watching open mouthed at Miliband’s NN rant last night. And how insulting the spindly legged one was ( Miliband in shorts–a sight to make your day). But what grated was the assumption that he has a divine right to govern us, that sooner or later he will come into his rightful political inheritence and grab our taxes and spread it around as he deems right. There is a permanent sneer about his lips, a disdain for all opposing views ( and, typically Labour,a desire to prevent them from expressing it), a bumptiousness that demands that he comes a complete and utter arser. Is there anyone watching him who didn’t think ” that man deserves a bloody good smack”.

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  27. 52
    NuAttackDog says:

    Labour = ghastly freaks

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  28. 59
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Are you a regular kinda guy too ??

    http://tinyurl.com/3xl63qp

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    Bluray says:

    I know it’s not the caption competition but –

    Millibland: “What did you do in the war, daddy?”

    Blair: “Lied my head off, son”

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  31. 68
    HenryV says:

    Could somebody explain why international development is ring fenced? We ran the world, they told us to f*** off, and then their countries went down the tube. And they still want us to pay……

    Also I am confused. Does international development include payments to the EU? I mean the EU is abroad and the Spanish have some wonderful roads which we paid for…….

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  32. 69
    Cynic says:

    Nice little analysis piece in Wall Street Journal

    http://blogs.wsj.com/iainmartin/2010/06/16/cameron-is-big-winner-from-labours-leadership-hustings/

    ” Balls was edgy and his attempts at self-deprecation have gone too far. Soon some people will start to feel sorry for him; but there are very few votes in pity. Burnham (who I thought would really shine in this race) has struggled to make an impact so far. Ed Miliband is the new darling of the left, and duly performed last night as though he was back running for office in student politics. His policy program and rhetoric will delight David Cameron: it is his dream to stand at the next election against a Labour party heading leftwards. David Miliband looks, in theory, like the grown-up but it is obvious that he is a man stuck on planet politics trying to do an impression of a leader who understands people (”I’m real”). Then there’s Diane Abbot, waving her hands around like a cut-price magician and burbling on about “the kids” that she represents.

    It is always fascinating to note the impact that entering office has on front-line politicians. Some grow almost instantly, and before you know it they are considerably bigger figures. Owen Paterson was a bright but not particularly starry opposition minister. As the new Northern Ireland Secretary has proven, in his well-judged handling of the release of the Saville report, he is comfortable in the cabinet and a star in the making.

    But the process can also work in reverse. Take away the red boxes, the civil service run private offices, the driver, the large budget, the retinue of aides and some politicians just shrink. Until quite recently four of the contenders here were cabinet ministers; all that now seems a long way away.

    Still, one of them must face David Cameron at some point. The prime minister is a lucky politician – ducking and diving through four-and-a-half years of scrapes as opposition leader and then becoming PM despite failing to win the election. Right now he must be thinking he’s lucked out again. It is hard to see any of the five Labour leadership contenders giving him much to worry about.”

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  33. 70
    MB. says:

    BBC Crimewatch pages, the Liberals donor Michael Brown.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/crimewatch/wanted/2010/06/michael_brown.shtml

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  34. 72
    Peter Grimes says:

    Let’s hope Millibananas1 declares the help he is getting from BLiar’s ‘charity’!

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  35. 75
    I hate New Labour says:

    “Is David Running Scared?”

    More to the point: who cares?

    The next Labour leader will not be PM, and it’s not likely to be the one after that. The one good thing Brown did was ensure Labour will not be allowed anywhere near office for a decade or two.

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  36. 78
    gildedtumbril says:

    D. millipede is a boring, unimaginative arsehole. His sibling is similarly endowed with perceptive genius.
    I’ll wager they are both bananas.
    Worse than that, they think we are.
    Bastards.

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  37. 79
    Peasant says:

    Yes. And next year too (the coalition will not last 12 months).

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  38. 87
    Pog says:

    Save yourselves from months more of this boring tedium.
    David Miliband wins the Leadership.

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  39. 93
    Aaron Porter says:

    Oona King is an arrsehole

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  40. 95

    [...] he has also been criticised for tacking to the left, which is puzzling. Danny Finkelstein even argued “he wants to raise tax by 60 per cent more than the Coalition [...]

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  41. 97
    Gooey Blob says:

    Nasty, cynical and sneering – that’s Miliband all over. It’s difficult to judge whether or not the Labour party wants that kind of leader this time, but Tony Blair he most certainly is not, and he will not win back Middle England for Labour, especially if he proposes tax rises in preference to public sector cuts.

    Of course, this talk is about winning the Labour leadership, is it not? And Miliband is the sort of politician who will say one thing to get elected as Labour leader, something else to get elected as PM, and then do something else entirely if he becomes PM. Is that why Blair referred to it as “The Third Way”?

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