Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DUEMA: Strong Ed Miliband Skewers Adam Boulton

The evil Murdoch mouthpiece Adam Boulton was left speechless and humiliated by a confident Ed, who quelled all speculation about his leadership in an interview with Sky. Ed was particularly stwong and definitely did not wince when faced with the fact that only 6% of people believe that he has a credible economic plan. He also nailed that shocking question about whether he should stand down for the good of the party. The crisis is over…

UPDATE: Ed falsely claimed to Jon Snow that only 50% of Labour Party funds come from the unions, according to the official filings it is 86%.

Jon Snow should know better…

Video via LiarPoliticians

Bloggers and Tweeters to be Censored at Olympics

It seems the Olympic authorities are attempting something of which broadsheet editors, and their learned allies, could only dream: censoring bloggers and tweeters in order to protect their interests. Anyone accredited at the games will be bound by these rules regarding social media:

“…any such postings, blogs or tweets must be in a first-person, diary-type format and should not be in the role of a journalist – i.e. they must not report on competition or comment on the activities of other participants or accredited persons, or disclose any information which is confidential or private in relation to any other person or organisation. A tweet is regarded in this respect as a short blog and the same guidelines are in effect, again, in first-person, diary-type format.

Postings, blogs and tweets should at all times conform to the Olympic spirit and fundamental principles of Olympism as contained in the Olympic Charter, be dignified and in good taste, and not contain vulgar or obscene words or images.”

The IOC clearly learnt a lot in China…

Ellie Keeps the Red Flag Flying From the Outside

It seems Ed Balls’ most loyal Twitter fan can’t get used to life on the outside, Ellie Gellard used to Tweet relentlessly for Ed Balls when he was running for leader. Having left his entourage to go work for Tetra Strategy, the Twitter foghorn formerly known as BevaniteEllie is now “Head of Digital” for the shady spinmeisters.

And look what a difference it has made to their Twitter feed:

Compare that to the more neutral offerings put out before she arrived. Though Tetra was set up by former Labour figures, they have been trying to ingratiate themselves with Tories, most notably with their hiring of the disgraced expenses cheat Julie Kirkbride.

Someone better tell the new kid though…

Tony’s Toxic Thai Trip

Much to SamCam’s distress, Dave was forced cancel his Christmas holiday to Thailand in 2010. He was meant to have been the guest of fellow old Etonian, and then Prime Minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. However the little matter of a coup d’etat and the shooting of dozens of peace protesters made the trip a little tricky. Since July, Abhisit has been in opposition and is under investigation by the Thai Department of Special Investigations for over ninety deaths. That’s wasn’t enough to put one British leader off from pressing the flesh yesterday though:

Our Tone always pops up in the most interesting of places. Where next… Syria?

Ed’s Change of Heart

When Ed Miliband was elected in 2010 he said:

“You have put your trust in me and I am determined to repay that trust to you. The first way I need to repay that trust is by uniting our party and taking it forward together.”

He made clear that he wasn’t going to follow the Blairite route of dividing sections of the party against each other with talk of hard choices. Less than two years later he’s had a typo-free change of heart:

In a way he has united his party, all wings seem to have it in for him. It won’t stop him taking their money though…

Ken’s Dilemma

While Ed may be pleased with Unite’s outburst, it puts another leading Labour figure in a rather tricky spot. What’s Ken going to do?

On the one hand he has the unions who are bankrolling his campaign and on the other he has his party leader and machine. His track record is hardly one of party loyalty, but Ed desperately needs a victory in May so the party machine is devoting a lot of resources to the effort. It’s worth remembering that Ken backed Balls for the leadership. Will he still have such kind words for Blinky, now that, as Unite say, he is one of the “four horsemen of the austerity apocalypse“. One to watch in the run up to May…

Unite Join the Splitters

Of all the attacks on his leadership, Miliband will have been most relieved with “Red” Len McCluskey’s war-cry in this morning’s Guardian. Unite the Union declaring that Ed is shifting to the right and thus heading over an electoral cliff was to be expected after the two Eds declared support for the public sector pay freeze and the messy announcement about not reversing cuts. Last night one Miliband insider dryly described it to Guido as “the best news he’d had all year”. While putting some distance between the leader and dinosaurs is a good plan, it’s a little more complex in this case though…

Rumours that this is coordinated are wide of the mark and there are some pretty vicious one liners for McCluskey. Blair and Brown could risk the wrath of the brothers because they were not so dependent on their money. Unite are Labour’s biggest donor at the moment and put Ed in the job. The PLP didn’t want Ed in the first place, and now he’s losing support from those that did. Team  Ed won’t be so cock-a-hoop if the money dries up…


Seen Elsewhere

Speaker Bercow Defeated | BBC
Nigel Farage is Bigger Than Jesus | Speccie
Year of Sleaze | City AM
Top 10 UKIP Donors | London Loves Business
Tory Candidate Leaflet Blooper | Get West London
Why Aren’t Middle Class Voting Tory? | Sun
UKIP Do Not Have Monopoly on Fruitcakes | Danny Finkelstein
Ed Must Stop Dithering | Mary Riddel
Ed Cannot Rebuild Trust From Westminster | Rafael Behr
An Open Letter to Russell Brand | "Jo"
Merry Bin-Mas From the Greens | Speccie


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