January 26th, 2012

Mandy on Miliband

Nothing like a bit of Mandy to liven things up and the master of the dark arts had luke-warm words for Ed on the Today programme earlier. Despite saying that he was “doing well”, there were criticisms too:

“…he’s struggling with two things. He’s trying to oppose the Government on the economy… at exactly the same time, he’s struggling to invent a new left-of-centre political paradigm… It’s a rather unenviable job…”

Well that’s almost better than saying nothing, and more than he could manage at Davos yesterday. CityAM reports:

Sir Martin [Sorrell] mentioned that some commentators haven’t been so kind about Mandy’s current party leader Ed Miliband. “Have they?” said the dark prince nonchalantly. “I’ve been travelling.” Barclays chairman Marcus Agius doubled over with laughter.

Ed will be lecturing this lot about his new capitalism this week. Guido is sure they are going take him very, very seriously…


  1. 1
    Oi Ed says:

    Will he use his predetors and producer line?


  2. 2
    Observer says:

    If the Devil could cast his net at Davos, what a catch he should have.


  3. 3
    Peter Hain says:

    It will be a strong and assured performence by Ed Miliband at Davos this week.


    • 4
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Ed is almost as assured as Pietersen against left arm spinners on a turning pitch.


      • 53
        Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

        As the greatest economic innovator of his generation, I am sure Davos will be enthralled by Ed Miliband’s revelation of New Capitalism.

        I am sure Alan Greenspan will be listening intently after what he said in today’s FT.

        Greenspan warns : Meddle with the market at your peril

        Whatever the imperfections of free-market capitalism, no regime that has been tried as a replacement, from Fabian socialism to Soviet-style communism, has succeeded in meeting the needs of its people.

        Surely Ed won’t just be rehashing the “The Economic Alternative” theme so warmly received to the Fabian Society a couple of weeks ago, would he?


        • 58
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          Dont Meddle with the Market for F-ck sake. These governments can’t get anything right. Its the markets punishing them for their profligate policies and War Monger adventures with NO Cash to treasuries return.


          • Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

            ….and your solution is????


          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            The Solution, Em!
            1. Cut VAT and Fuel TAX.
            2. Reduce income TAX.
            3. Lower the Non Commercial business of Town Halls and Government.
            4. Lower Benefits for the feckless.
            5. Stop destroying foreign economies with handouts and use the money reduce Tax on UK businesses.
            6. Cut all public sector wages on any one being paid over 50’000 per year. Cap Maximum salary in the sector to 100’000
            7. Scrap all public sector bonuses, apart from those who are producing goods for sale.
            8. Sack any one who dosn’t like it.


  4. 5

    The most interesting thing I took away from that interview, was how well it illustrated the contempt the BBC has gathered amongst those with real decision making power in the world, now gathered at Davos.

    Mandy, I ask you? Talk about sticking with your old socialist cronies with whom you may feel comfortable!


  5. 6
    Life is A Box of Chocolates says:

    So Dame Mandy is laughing at Forrest Gump.

    That is: National Treasure Taker – Takes the P*ss


  6. 7
    Not surprised says:

    Heard Mandlebum this a.m. Masterful! Francis Urquhart all over again! If he’d said, “You might think that, I couldn’t possibly comment.” I may have died laughing!


  7. 9
    Ed Miliband, live from Davos says:

    I havth a fivth pointh phlan.

    I just canth thell you wath ith isth.


  8. 10
    Scottish Culture says:


  9. 20
    the dead of the night says:

    Mandy is as about a credible socialist as Ed is a credible leader.


  10. 22
    Hugh Janus says:

    As soft interviews go, this was one of Toady’s finest. No challenge of any kind to the tidal wave of waffle and pure drivel from Mandelslime. Giggling Davis at his most cringe-making.


  11. 25
    This is good. says:

    You really must listen again to Vernon Coaker on BBC Radio Ulster with Steven Nolan tearing him a new arsehole.


  12. 26
    nellnewman says:

    Well if I was a labourite like mandy I’d be cringing with embarrassment as this idiot stood up to spe@k to world leaders. First they had gordy plugging a new book due out in November . He says in the scottish press this morning that he’s writing another best seller based on his experiences as a ‘world leader’ ++++++Laugh++++++

    Then they’ve got militwit the schoolboy who hasn’t yet grasped the basics of pocket money economics.

    UK Labour don’t just look like a bunch of amateurs on the world stage they look like a dishevelled bunch of really bad comedians.


  13. 28
    Who said it first? says:

    ” To far, too fast” “Me” says Stephanie


  14. 29
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Mandleson, shit by name shit by nature.
    Mandleson the one who was brought back to help save labour at the last election. Failure, crook, vile little man.
    How do arsewipes like Mandleson make money and get into positions of power. If there was ever an example of corruption Mandleson is it.


  15. 30
    Lefty capitalism says:


  16. 33
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “Ed will be lecturing this lot about his new capitalism this week.”

    Taking lessons in capitalism from Ed Milimong? That’s like being taught surgery by Josef Mengele.


  17. 34
    Get it into your head says:

    It takes £500,000 of turnover in a small business to pay enough tax to support one £26,000 benefits family

    It takes £1,000,000 of turnover in a small business to pay enough tax to support one £26,000 benefits family and pay state services bill for the small business employees


  18. 39
    Anonymous says:

    “he’s struggling to invent a new left-of-centre political paradigm… It’s a rather unenviable job…”

    That’s true.

    Nobody will believe anything he says as NuLab spent its entire time in office following Mandy’s advice to continue with Thatcherite bollocks.

    Fortunately Mandy will not be forgotten after regime chance. Or Ed.


    • 43
      Tessa Tickles says:

      So.. the easiest way to rationalise the failure of Labour’s policies is to draw the conclusion that it was all – one way or another – “Thatcher’s fault”?


  19. 40
    Scotland is angry says:


    • 49
      Alizee the beast of paris says:

      They are like that
      Even worse when pissed


    • 68
      Sir Alex Salmon-Fishcake says:

      You see what enourmouse potential an independent Scotland has?

      The talent of my people knows no bounds. Each one a natural poet and orator.


    • 86
      Mando Lynne says:

      Meet our new Foreign Secretary after we win the vote on devolution

      He is currently briefing our diplomats in the skills of diplomacy and scottish hospitality.

      We are hoping to get Gorbals Mick out of retirement as his number two.

      Don’t lose out vote Yes


  20. 45
    Gordon F Brown's former advisor says:

    Whatever you might feel about my bosom buddy, one thing is certain. He’s not daft and he can spot a loser from another planet. Mandy doesn’t do losers.

    He spotted me as unelectable within nanoseconds all those years ago and we was right on the money. So spotting Miliband minimus with LOSER emblazoned right across his forehead was relatively easy for him.


  21. 46
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    What is something of a mystery is why, when all the union bosses are bully boy hard men, to a man, did they choose a wimp like milliboy, who is from the pampered privileged class, traditionally their sworn enemies?

    Their ranks are filled with these tough bullies and closed shut to any effete pasty faced woosies like the boy millie, so what were they thinking when putting him in charge of the organisation they control?


  22. 51
    Sith Lord Emperor Mandy says:

    Miliband, my young apprentice, henceforth, you will be known as Daft Evader.


  23. 61
    monty sidebollock says:

    Mandy on Milliband – the most vomit inducing title for a porn film ever dreamed up


  24. 63
    Naughtie is Mandelson's pillow-biter says:

    Mandy was worth listening to for other reasons. His analysis of where Labour went wrong, “insufficient priming the pump, not enough state assistance to up and coming enterprises” was all standard issue big-state interventionist Labour.
    His take on what the next Labour government should do was more of the same, to “direct state money and resources at areas where we can excel” etc.
    In other words, the state (bureaucrats and politicians) will pick the winners, and tax into the dirt such other enterprises as they do not think are deserving. And needless to say this statist claptrap went through completely unchallenged.


    • 76
      Anonymous says:

      Sadly favoured guests on Toady are rarely ever challenged.


    • 79
      jgm2 says:

      His analysis of where Labour went wrong, “insufficient priming the pump,

      Fucking hell. I didn’t realise he was that mental too.

      300bn quid of government ‘pump-priming’ between 2001 and 2007. One million ‘pump-priming’ jobs created all off pushing up housing costs for everybody with their borrowed salaries. Consumers and house pr*i*ces going mental from borrowing even more money.

      All this resulting in the biggest crash in 80 years, 180bn quid annual deficits and his anaysis is that Labour didn’t ‘pump-prime’ enough?


      • 90
        sockpuppet #4 says:

        Balls economics was that you shovelled the money everywhere and anywhere, and that would be good. So rather than small amounts of water into a pump to prime it, they pissed it all over the place.

        I suspect mandy is saying “they could have spent the money better”.
        The astonishing bit is that he needs to point that out.


  25. 70

    Icecream is served to delegates in a new flavour: Milibandy


  26. 77
    Hang The Bastards says:


    can anyone shine any light on just WTF they do ? Or what their role is in making the UK a beater place to live ?


    • 83
      Tessa Tickles says:

      “Or what their role is in making the UK a beater place to live ?”

      Subsidised whips and paddles?


    • 84
      Gordon Brown says:

      If ye wunt Britain to be a bet’r place tae live, – wae’ no’ ask me an’ Peter to do it fo’ ye ?


    • 97
      Welsh Branch of Mossad says:

      Look closely is Millitwat the love child of Mandy, both have this limp wristed look about them


  27. 78
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    “Mandy on Milliband”

    Not again! Throw a bucket of water over them !


  28. 88
    Miss Scotland 2012 says:


    • 109
      Mando Lynne says:

      Alex Salmon to Gorbals Mick

      We have sorted out the new national anthem which encapsulates
      All Scotland stands for :

      – Culture and good taste
      -Joy and feelgood factor
      -Mountains and scenery
      -Good out door living and fun in our lovely surroundings
      -Good living (roll ups and booze freely available)

      Thoughts please ASAP!!


  29. 91
    Gordon & Peter says:

    we like pumping


  30. 92
    Well said, Ken. says:


  31. 95
    Steve Miliband says:

    SarahBrownUK Sarah Brown
    Jean-Claude Trichet: praising Gordon Brown for leadership and handling of economic crisis of globalisation. Thanks JC. #davos


    • 102
      Desperate Dan says:

      Some people thought Sarah was Gordon’s wife but it turns out she’s his carer and has to accompany him everywhere.


  32. 98
    Desperate Dan says:

    I hope BBC and Guardian journalists are staying outside in the igloo with the other whingers. It would be monumental hypocrisy if any of them were to stay in nice comfortable hotels with the “1%”.


    • 105
      only asking says:

      Perhaps both organisations would be kind enough to release such information.


      • 110
        will says:

        The BBC only really supports Wimbledon Tennis to bolster its middle class credentials. If it did not then it feels that it would lose middle class allegiance.

        It only makes programmes like sherlock to bolster its quality drama claim whilst on BBC3 pumping out loads of crap than very few people watch to get the youth viewers but most dont watch TV.


  33. 108
    J.Rutter says:

    I see you are deliberately exploiting the amibiguity of the word “struggling” to put your own spin on this.


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