February 1st, 2012

Ed’s Lack of Shadow Cabinet Authority

Ed is having a relatively good week, with more amusement and less despair. Labour staffers however are decrying that the Shadow Cabinet is out of control and rudderless. Douglas Alexander’s “Labour must do more to be credible on economy” Observer interview last Sunday came at as surprise. Jim Murphy going rogue had to be patched up as “part of the strategy”, while it’s accepted that Liam Byrne is spending his days briefing the Telegraph. Peter Hain even had time to write his memoirs while supposedly preparing to form a government. 

This lack of authority in Shadow Cabinet is trickling down to the backbenchers, not least the most important Labour backbencher of them all – David Miliband. There is growing frustration amongst Labour whips that David  is simply ignoring direct orders on voting.  He’s said he will not be dictated to, and he will decide when he is needed. Take today for example; instead of being in Westminster David is peacocking at the Cambridge Union; and the voting data from Public Whip is very telling. Since the election David has voted in just 186 votes out of a possible 444. Less than half and well below average. 

The insubordination is spreading. Labour sources indicate that the likes of Ben Bradshaw and Shaun Woodward are particularly good at not hanging around for late votes or simply not bothering to turn up. Junkets are up, and attendance is down. The mood among the old guard can be summed up as “if the brother can ‘eff off to China, why can’t we?”


  1. 1
    Nodrog Nworb says:

    Am I first?

  2. 2
    Peter Hain D.U.E.M.A Champion says:

    Not true.

    Ed is a strong assured leader.

  3. 3
    Mr Bag-Carrier says:

    Wondered why I spotted David Miliband sitting in the Adjournment Restaurant during a vote last night… it now all makes sense.

  4. 4
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘Since the election David has voted in just 186 votes out of a possible 444. Less than half and well below average.’

    Finally he comes out as a Brownite. Idle, but takes his wages.

  5. 5
    Hang The Bastards says:

    What do you expect from a bunch of over-paid, under-worked, talentless thievings twats ?

  6. 6
    Only me ! says:

    i luv this duema stuff – it is on my twitter picture and shold be on yours :)

  7. 7
    Only me ! says:

    if i only showed up for 186 of 444 shifts then the depot wold not function and i wold be fired

  8. 8
    Jock Strapped says:

    The Scots accent is strongly associated with hard work, success and reliability in the workplace, according to a poll of business executives

    Company chairman Professor Khalid Aziz said: “The Scottish accent is well liked, with many positive associations.”

    Kirsty Young and Gordon Brown scored high on a list of individuals’ voices….


  9. 9
    Loungelizard says:

    All this despite the massive effort made by the BBC over the past few weeks. As the voice of the left they seem to be failing.

  10. 10
    Thomas O'Pikey says:

    Pilgrim MPs, anyone?

    Temporarily seconded to “union duties” in their spare time, tirelessly working to improve the lot of the hard working families in China, Cuba, Angola – in fact anywhere but here.

  11. 11
    Ed Miliband says:

    I will be amazing at today’s pmqs. Just you wait and see.

  12. 12
    Grammar School Boy says:

    When he came out with his supposed funny line yesterday I wondered if his Shadow Cabinet were laughing with him or at him…

  13. 13
    colin crane says:

    errrm WHAT……………….???

  14. 14
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Ha hahahahhahahahahahahaha, good one Ed.

  15. 15
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Rather than pay the little fuckers a fancy salary why not just pay them a daily allowance for attending debates and voting.

    Aren’t I the silly one.

  16. 16
    Desperate Dan says:

    I look forward to seeing how much longer your nose has grown since last week.

  17. 17
    colin crane says:

    Well tbh you haven’t been up until now SO…whats the plan?

  18. 18
    Lazy Gijon says:

    I see this as a collegiate moment, many Labour folk want their say.

    The main thing is that they keep Ed in place. That wait 2015 will rhyme with CON GAIN.

  19. 19
    Rage Against the Political Elite says:

    There is a smell of Sh-t coming from the putrid political system, Blaming Bankers for the State of the economy wont save the Political class from the Starving masses. EU Set aside policies, ha ha ha.

  20. 20
    Dennis Shitter says:

    Dennis Skinner is the most gutless sack of shit in British politics. The twat thinks he’s brave and audacious with his aggressive questions to whoever the Tory PM happens to be but he kept his mouth shut for 13 years of Labour even when they were pushing through legislation he vehemently opposed. Not once, not a single time in those 13 years, did he ask Blair or Brown anything confrontational.

    He has an undeserved reputation for being funny and abrasive when in fact he’s an obedient Labour stooge who does as he’s told by the party. And while he likes to portray himself as a working class hero, let’s not forget the time he was caught with a mistress in a posh 5 star hotel suite.

  21. 21
    duema and dumber says:

    You would, you fucking simpleton.

  22. 22
    Loungelizard says:

    Not only that he has the most terrible halitosis.

  23. 23
    yeah, right.. says:

    It gets worse. Liam Byrne vents outrage today about housing benefit, and how private landlords are filling their boots.

    But no-one in the media seems to think it reasonable to point out to him that this problem escalated during the thirteen years his party were in power and it didn’t seem to bother them then. Just so long as the benefit recipients keep voting Labour, who care’s about where the money comes from…..

  24. 24
    Gordon Brown says:

    My farts are strong and assured.

  25. 25
    Desperate Dan says:

    What Ed needs is a good thrashing with wet twigs courtesy of a 25 year old banya boy.

  26. 26
    Gordon Brown says:

    Stop stealing my ideas!

  27. 27
    Some Geezer wot thinks a certain dog will have HIS day no matter what he may tell you says:

    In the light of Mr. Brown “MP[?]” ‘s failure to attend at all, Dave M’s roughly 30% attendance rate seems high for a former Minister who could make a ton of dosh with all sorts of outside interests. Maybe his attendance rate means he’s in a class with the proverbial hind-leg-walking dog and woman-preacher– that fact that he does it, in the first place, is what is remarkable!

  28. 28
    Tom Tomos says:

    Obviously not enough lasagne then.

  29. 29
    yeah, right.. says:

    Perfect Old Labour stooge. The fact it that his electorate would vote for a pig’s swizzle if it were the Labour candidate.

    The people of Bolsover should ask themselves if their lives have improved during his time as their elected member, and then ask Mr Skinner just what he’s got out of it.

    The other place awaits the Noble Lord…

  30. 30
    bergen says:

    He passed his sell-by date years ago. But he’s the type of Labour MP who much prefers opposition so that he can parade his “working class conscience” in public to his heart’s content without the nuisance of dealing with the real world.

  31. 31
    Gordon Brown says:

    Wacky races! Wacky races! Penelope Pitstop is a bigoted woman!

  32. 32
    Desperate Dan says:

    “Ed is doing tremendously well and is on a high. He was better than Cameron yesterday”, says BBC loony Nick Robinson. Nick the Fantacist has a reputation for always seeing the best in Ed Miliprat and will continue this theme for the rest of the day regardless what happens. New BBC Motto: “Making Things Up Is Us”.

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Yeah, like we were all happy subsidising Somalians living in the West End to the tune of £12,000 a month. Duplicitous fuckers.

  34. 34
    Braeking Fox News says:

    Just give up on the BBC, it’s a lost cause and needs to be smashed, end of story.

  35. 35
    Displaced Brummie. says:

    So, David’s not quite as Brown as Brown. More of a light tan colour.

  36. 36
    Displaced Brummie. says:

    As nobody has heard much of Brown’s voice in the house lately…

  37. 37
    Beware, blog wrecker says:

    Neo Gudio is in charge. there’s an half an hour delay between when you post and when the comment appears.

  38. 38
    Beware, blog wrecker says:

    Neo Gudio is in charge. there’s an half an hour delay between when you post and when the comment pops up.

  39. 39
    Not surprised says:

    What happened to the Recall Bill? If he was my MP, I’d want to know what the fuck he does for me – never mind swanning off to some poncy lecture, raking in cash (probably via some charitable trust set up to manage the office of ..etc avoiding the very tax they moan about others not paying!)

  40. 40
    Future PM. says:

    Anyone else cringe when Miliband labelled the Tory front bench as a bunch of millionaires?

    Hypocrisy (sorry, can’t use that word) at its best.

  41. 41
    More Labour hypocrisy says:

    Miliband said the govt are all millionaires. Not very wise of Ed to point fingers when the entire Labour shadow frontbench are millionaires.

  42. 42
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Marvellous innit, voted in by the voters. Then skiving off for any freebie going. Now pay the bastards extra bonuses based on turning up and actually VOTING in the house, might bring a wee bit of interest in the proceedings. Perhaps it is time to re-define the MP’s job descriptions.

  43. 43
    Ali Waheed says:

    I love the United Britains! I comes here from my country and I get seven bedrooms housing for frees and money not to works. Thankings to Labours councils and The Guardians I can do my culture traditions like honour kills, female circumcisionings and arranged marrying daughters to first cousin. I much enjoy free benefit money to buy the jihad DVD to show my childrens how to killings the J ew and kafir. Allahu crapbar!

  44. 44
    Ali Waheed says:

    Death to Twix and Wispa bars!

  45. 45
    Babe says:

    Liking the sexy secretary glasses look that Priti Patel has today.

  46. 46
    G Eagle Esq says:

    ” …. the most important Labour backbencher of them all – David Miliband …”

    Ach so, silly mich

    AND there was Moi thimking that the most important Back=Bencher was Mrs Dianne Abbott

  47. 47
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    He had a VERY limited vocabulary.

    He could say words and short phrases like
    hard working families
    no more boom and bust

    But he could never say the words
    public expenditure
    lower taxation
    value for money

    Wonderful man, he had a lovely smile that some consultant taught him to use at the age of 56.

  48. 48
    Quote of the Day says:

    Cameron at PMQs: “Where is Baldemort? He’s not in the house today”.

  49. 49
    Liebour Party says:

    A great many of our supporters are creaming the housing benefit system. If we are to retain their votes we must oppose these savage Tory cuts.

  50. 50
    Ed's fucked says:

    I think it’s fair to say Miliband was given a good thrashing at PMQs today.

  51. 51
    Laurie Penny says:

    I don’t think sovereignty in Ed’s own home is something we should be striving for.

  52. 52
    Whale Watch says:

    Holy shit, how fucking large is Labour’s Rosie Cooper? She looks about 30 stone!

  53. 53
    Mustapha ben Effit says:

    Oh yes I do not even have to live in the country. I have been claiming incapacity benefit now for 20 years and I can now live like a prince in my own country. Thank you British people.

  54. 54
    Max Mosley says:

    a good thrashing? … bring it on!

  55. 55
    Desperate Dan says:

    “Ed had Cameron on the back foot”, says BBC loony Nick Robinson.

  56. 56
    Loungelizard says:

    He could lose votes. A fair proportion of these landlords are buy to let who work in the public sector, ie the BBC. They flourished under Labour.

  57. 57
    penioner who still pays tax says:

    £6000 for a pensioner per year whos paid tax and NI for years while working and
    £29000 for immigrants /work shy says it all in the UK at the moment

  58. 58
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Miliband’s authority. WHAT AUTHORITY?

  59. 59
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Liam Byrne is the labour party’s answer to Darling from Blackadder.

  60. 60
    81IIy 8owden i5 7he gre@test ump1re ever ! says:


  61. 61
    B Fuddled says:

    How can anyone claim to be working class on a hundred thou a year?

  62. 62
    B Fuddled says:

    I hope you are keeping the pitchfork clean and sharp.

  63. 63
    Edinburgh is a controlling shithole says:

    They can’t be bovvered with politics. They’re on their knees praying to get on This Week!

  64. 64
    Mit Romney says:

    What the fuck are you all talking about?

    God bless America!

  65. 65
    Voice of Reason says:

    Ah yes, David Miliband he’s the one lining his pockets with oodles of cash a bit like Blair. In fact he’s very much like Blair, a self-serving, grinning hypocrite who will do anything as a ‘socialist’ to progress his career no matter who he treads on. The devious sod.

  66. 66
    Voice of Reason says:

    And the bizarre thing is that the landlords have been able to line their pockets with outrageous rents because Labour’s benefits system allowed them to do just that. Just watch those rents come tumbling down once there has been a cap on the obscene amount that feckless scroungers can claim.

  67. 67
    Councillor Mike Handycock CBE (Head of Planning) says:

    You have to remember that these immigrants have made me, my ‘boys’ and some council officers in Portsmouth, very rich. Government grants for taking them in and housing them, huge development by my ‘boys’ to house, them, then collect their rents, and my little tickle for providing the planning permissions. Off to my villa in Spain. Jahbulon.

  68. 68
    without a paddle says:

    More a “baby diarrhoea” sort of colour.

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