Miliband’s Amateur Grid

Credit where credit is due, so kudos to Sam Coates of the Times for getting hold of Ed’s media grid for this week. Much has been said about the amateur feel of Miliband’s media operation, but nobody had quite realised how bad it was until the written proof emerged. The same message is hammered everyday without deviation, but with plenty of repetition. An opposition needs more than one vacuous, non-costed, promise a day. Only a handful of faces are allowed a look in, though Guido is looking forward to who the “weekend guests” might be.

One thing that did amuse was the assumption that Labour will win on Thursday’s Heathrow airport by-election. The visit is already planned in for the next day. It somewhat undermines the whole “every vote counts, not taking anything for granted” message. An all round PR disaster. 



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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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