September 28th, 2012

Where’s Ed? – Press Coverage Plummets

Ever thought you haven’t been seeing much of Ed Miliband recently? You wouldn’t be wrong. A new study by LexisNexis has found that both Boris Johnson and Danny Alexander receive more press coverage than the leader of the Labour party. Ed Balls didn’t fare much better – apparently he has a lower press profile than Ed Davey. The analysis looked at how many articles mentioned the two Eds over the last seven days in comparison with other politicians. That submarine strategy is working… 


  1. 1
    jgm2 says:

    I noted this a couple of days ago. Is he undergoing another operation? Intense meeja training? Voice coaching?

    Or is it the realisation that he is an overall drag on the party so they’re going to keep him hidden, like the Maximum Imbecile before springing him on an unwary electorate a month before the election?

  2. 2
  3. 3
    Denis McShane's Shed says:

    The less we see those two eminently punchable faces on the telly, the happier I will be.


  4. 4
    Timmy Tour says:

    You say it best, when you say nothing at all

  5. 5
    jobbie says:

    Probably down to the fact that the MSM spend 99% of their time trying to take down the Government

  6. 6
    gramma says:

    Perhaps Ed has been practicing his “faux outrage” face and stance for the forthcoming Nationwide strikes.
    Doesn’t want to upset the Union paymasters / kingmakers too much.

  7. 7
    Red Ed says:

    If I appear more I will be going too far and too fast, and it’s important when you want to create jobs to give people reassurance that we are committed to helping those who need the most, and not in the cahoots with the banks, who brought us to our knees, when we least expected it, and that we can bring new ideas by recycling the ones of the 1970s, in an environmentally friendly manner, by printing money, borrowing money, taxing the rich and reopening British Leyland, restarting Concorde, reopening Yorkshire coal mines and making sure even family gets a free house, turnip and government made car.

  8. 8
    genghiz the kahn says:

    out of his depth.

  9. 9
    Stephanie Flanders says:

    Ed and Ted. What could have been. I’ve got that picture over my bed.

    I’ve had to keep them off the news recently since the economic figures are not as bad as we first hoped.

  10. 10
    Observer says:

    It doesn’t matter. Cameron and Clegg have much the same view of things as Miliband. It would be overmanning to have Ed on the rota as well.

  11. 11
    jgm2 says:

    No. It’ll be a deliberate Labour strategy. Remember, anytime they want TV coverage they have only to click their fingers and Andrew Marr arranges a nice 30 minute cosy chat on a Sunday morning. The ‘key’ points then being reported as ‘news’ at 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock on t’BBC.

    Nope. If Nasal Ned and Toxic Ted aren’t on TV it’s because Labour have realised that every time they appear the voters give it ‘hold on a minute – this nasal twat wants to be PM – and that fat fucker, wasn’t he Gordon Brown’s bag-man….?’

  12. 12
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    Oh how I’m looking forward to Conference.

    I will kick some bottom.

  13. 13
    Moussa Koussa says:

    LOL…..submarine strategy is working…Surely you are talking about Gideon, Mitchell, Warsi, et al. BBC Question time, first episode of new season…Mongo Mogg rolled out, last week it was Johnny Major all over the TV.

    You are funny Guido. Attack best form of defense..Not in politics my dear boy.

  14. 14
    Steve Miliband says:

    He’s been to New York to listen to the United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education – someone had to.

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  16. 16
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    Great post Moussa! You’re a card!

  17. 17
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Thanks – funny yourself!

  18. 18
    jgm2 says:

    Nice try at diversion. But no cigar.

    Nasal Ned and Toxic Ted are being deliberately kept away from the TV by Labour.

    Why is that?

    Is it ‘cos private polling shows that their very presence reminds the voters of the Brownian clusterfuck?

    Oh yes it is.

  19. 19
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Like his mentor Deadwood will be a failure.

    “Gordon Brown knew he wasn’t up to the job of prime minister, former cabinet minister Jack Straw has claimed.”

    Jack must have a book to sell.

  20. 20
    jgm2 says:

    It seems that everybody in the Labour party, including Brown, knew that Brown wasn’t up to the job.

    And yet nobody stood against him.

    What a bunch of c*unts.

  21. 21
    Silent Edth says:

  22. 22
    Edward Milibandit says:

    I’m Ed to Ed

  23. 23
    Balls says:

    And I’m Ed Boy

  24. 24
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Miliband is too busy filling out job applications, obviously not using his real name.

  25. 25
    Mike Handycock says:

    I am so relieved that the 15 year old schoolgirl has been found safe and well. If she wants any help or advice, she can call my constituency office where I will answer her call personally and arrange an appointment for her to visit so I can deal with her case.

  26. 26
    Luciana Burger with Lies says:

    I give good ed.

  27. 27
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Pretending to be a journo?

  28. 28
    What We Are Not Told says:

    It’s all part of the Arab Spring……

  29. 29
    Mike Hunt says:

    Can I quote you?

  30. 30
    I don't need no doctor says:

    No, Straw needs a good barrister.

  31. 31
    Eds or Tails says:

    I’m Eding for wictory, Comwades

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Ed Balls has got him locked up and isn`t going to let him out until after the Labour party conference. Won`t be missed, except by Andrew Marr and Nick Robinson.

  33. 33
    Sir William Waad says:

    He’s shedding a skin. The Reptile People of Vl’hurg have to do this once every Earth year.

  34. 34
    Andrew Mitchell says:

    I didn’t get where I am today with no press coverage.

  35. 35
  36. 36
    Sai Baba says:

    Before you say anything, consider this……..does it improve on the silence?

  37. 37
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    The FTSE is tanking nicely after a promising rise earlier. If this continues,Labour will win the next General Election.

    Now about my plan B for the economy ?????????????????????????

  38. 38
    Just Saying says:

    Ed for the exit

  39. 39
    Jack Straw says:

    I still treasure my time with Condoleeza Rice. Ah, Condi! Strike, dear mistress, and cure my heart!

  40. 40
    Magna Farta says:

    Yankee go home.

  41. 41
    genghiz the kahn says:

    spineless Hunts.

    How did so many get taken in by a man with so little idea how to use power when he became PM?

    Was it blackmail that enabled Brown to get to the top.

    50 Shades of Brown, all merging into shit.

  42. 42
    The Indian Ocean Water Board says:

    You need a cold shower

  43. 43
    Gawd Help Us says:

    Funny I remember being told repeatedly by them that he was the best person for the job surely they weren’t lying…………….were they?

  44. 44
    Gordon Brown says:

    I did

  45. 45
    I'll Stay On Me Own says:

    How true! The problem is old Cameron is not much better, come 2015 it will still be a close run and the fear is Cameron will still be tagged with the LibDims. By the way does anyone know if Andrew Super Injunction Marr is still living with the wife or has she evivted the little shit?

  46. 46
    Johann Hari says:

    Can I misquote you?

  47. 47
    Fatty Holly MP says:

    It’s all part of my astoundingly brilliant plan to bring Labour back into Government in 2015 and for me to become, dare I dream, Deputy PM– the bloggers and re-tweeters I’ve got working for me tell me that most people’s opinion of Ed and Ed-too is that they’re actually fairly amusing in small doses, and familiarity would only breed contempt. I’ve passed that along to the two Eds’ handlers with advice along the lines of “Don’t ruin it for my candidates in the potential ‘swing’ constituencies by giving the voters two and a half years to see who’d be running the country and how they’d be doing it– Ed and Ed-too work best with the public as ‘lovable oddballs,’ you should pardon the expression!” (No offence, Boss.)

  48. 48
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Straw interview here.

    Took a while to find it.

    Night Waves must be the most inaccessible part of Radio Three’s output. Wonder why he didn’t go on Marr to push the book.

  49. 49
    The Chipping Norton Set says:

    Not- mine please Dave

    It is already very sore

    Love Rebekah and Charlie

  50. 50
    Even Gordon knew he was shit says:

    If you ask me, this is a bit of a bombshell and I expect Guido will make a new thread for it:

    Gordon Brown knew he wasn’t up to the job of prime minister, former cabinet minister Jack Straw has claimed. Mr Straw, who ran the former PM’s leadership campaign, said Mr Brown came to realise it was “a job that he couldn’t properly do”.

    He admitted he discussed challenging Mr Brown with colleagues, including David Miliband, Alan Johnson and Harriet Harman. But “backed off” because he thought it might make Labour’s situation worse.

    Speaking on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves, Mr Straw said during Mr Brown’s time in Number 10 – and as the 2010 general election approached – senior people in the cabinet talked about whether to challenge Mr Brown “all the time”.

  51. 51
  52. 52 says:

    Gordon Brown admits he was never capable of doing the job of PM as anyone with any intelligence always knew.

    Gordon Brown knew he wasn’t up to the job of prime minister, former cabinet minister Jack Straw has claimed.

    Mr Straw, who ran the former PM’s leadership campaign, said Mr Brown came to realise it was “a job that he couldn’t properly do”.

    He admitted he discussed challenging Mr Brown with colleagues, including David Miliband, Alan Johnson and Harriet Harman.

    But “backed off” because he thought it might make Labour’s situation worse.

  53. 53
    Dr Freud said all women suffer from penis envy says:

    I think Empty Ed is masochist

    Blinky stabs him in the back every other day

    And he smiles…

    He clearly needs a session with my acolytes (or my PR super spinmeister great grandson – that will sort him out and make him a greedy capitalist)

  54. 54
    Mornington Crescent says:

    More worrying, Nige is bottom of the table despite it being UKIP conference time.

    Crap UKIP PR work or the MSM not wishing to upset the apple cart? Probably a bit of both.

  55. 55 says:

    Hardly- now that the thicko Ed Balls is now beginning to realise that Plan A has always been far better than his plan B.

  56. 56
    Sir Jimmy Savile says:

    I’d have “done the dirty deed” with her, about thirty-odd years ago, as it happens:

  57. 57 says:

    Yes Gordon, you got to be PM even though even you knew full well you were crap at the job.

  58. 58
    Jack the F r a u d Straw says:

    I,of course, was and am a great success story

    Just look at Irak…

    I just swing with the wind, believe in nothing apart from own self-aggrandisement and living in luxury off the taxpeyer…

    I will be at my third home this evening … in Oxfordshire…

    It is very fashionable you know, since the Chipping Norton set put in on the map..I really feel like a Lord, you know…(which I will really be, soon)

  59. 59
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Straw trying to rewrite history, burning all the files. First it’s depression, now this.

    Next: “Iraq? Where’s that?” “Afghanistan? Never heard of it” “David Kelly? Nah, search me – too depressed to remember”.

  60. 60
    Jack Man of Straw says:

    I,of course, was and am a great success story

    Just look at Irak…

    I just swing with the wind, believe in nothing apart from own self-aggrandisement and living in luxury off the taxpeyer…

    I will be at my third home this evening … in Oxfordshire…

    It is very fashionable you know, since the Chipping Norton set put in on the map..I really feel like a Lord, you know…(which I will really be, soon)

  61. 61
    jgm2 says:

    He wasn’t up to the job of chancellor either, the incompetent jackass.

    Now he’s jetting off around the world trying to kid himself and anybody that will listen that he is the man to educate the children of the world.

    He’s a fucking nutter. I noted, back in the day, his Winston Churchill delusion, whereby he’d often quote from the great man and seemed to think that he way to deal with high oil pr*ices was to get on the plane and speak to those Johnny A-rabs in person. Then of course there was his dedication to getting as many Yalta-conference-style photoshoots of himself as possible. ‘Here, Mr Obama, here, stand next to me….’. Fucking pathetic.

    It seems the Maximum Imbecile has now taken on the perceived persona of Andrew Carnegie. Yep. He’s going to become very rich by giving after dinner speeches and build libraries all over the world. To educate the masses. So that in 100 years people will see a public library in Mauritius or Adelaide or Moosejaw and say ‘Who is Gordon Brown..?’

    The fucker is completely off the highboard.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    What does that say about the rest of them?

  63. 63
    Jack Strawman says:

    I,of course, was and am a great success story

    Just look at the War in I r a k…when I was Foreign Secretary

    But I was against it, as you know

    Nothing like speaking with forked tongue like Tonto…

  64. 64
    just a thought says:

    But selfishStraw and the rest of the Cabinet,including some current Shadow ministers, did sweet F.A while the country was run into the ground.

  65. 65
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Jack Straw Condemns Former Labour Leader John Smith as a Drunk ‘With no Vision’

    I don’t think Channel 4’s Sarah Smith will be wanting to interview him.

    St John the Smith, a member of NOTSOBA after all. Funny how his drinking was kept quiet by so many, bit like Champagne Charlie Kennedy.

  66. 66
    jgm2 says:

    Worse, they cheered his every imbecile attempt to cover up his prior mistakes to the echo.

    When the borrowing had to stop in 2007/8 he could easily have (as he did) blame the banks and embark upon a period of austerity/public sector job cuts/public sector wage cuts/pay freezes.

    But he didn’t. He plumped for the insane delusion that all his prior deficit spending still made sound economic sense even though events had shown that the figures still didn’t add up even when the entire population were borrowing and squandering money like there was no tomorrow. So what fucking hope had they of adding up when people drew in their horns to a more normal level of private borrowing?

    Not a fucking hope.

    Yet they (all the Labour MPs) watched him piss away 300bn quid and print another 200bn quid trying to buy 0.1% of growth and the 2010 election. Two years and half a trillion quid wasted just to try and hide his incompetence.

    Every time I think of it – I could weep.

  67. 67 says:

    Hardly unexpected that the pro-EU mainstream media will do their best to avoid UKIP coverage.

  68. 68 says:

    Would you buy a second-rate cartel from this man?

  69. 69
    genghiz the kahn says:

    David Owen listed some signs of bipolar disorders.

    In diagnosing the manic phase of bipolar disorder doctors look for a number of signs and symptoms which cumulatively can make the diagnosis:
    1. Increased energy, activity and restlessness
    2. Excessively ‘high’, euphoric mood
    3. Extreme irritability
    4. Racing thoughts and talking very fast, jumping from one idea to another
    5. Distractibility, inability to concentrate well
    6. Little sleep needed
    7. Unrealistic beliefs in one’s abilities and powers
    8. Poor judgement
    9. A lasting period of behaviour that is different from usual.
    10. Increased sexual drive
    11. Abuse of drugs, particularly cocaine, alcohol and sleeping medications
    12. Provocative, intrusive or aggressive behaviour
    13. Denial that anything is wrong
    14. Spending sprees.

    Brown might tick most of these boxes.

  70. 70 says:

    “David Cameron has given his clearest hint yet that he will back a referendum on Britain’s relationship with the EU if the Tories win the next election.

    He said there will be opportunities for the British people to give “fresh consent” to the UK’s EU membership.”

    Hardly a cast-iron guarantee of an in-out referendum.

  71. 71
    soapy says:

    If Ed & Ed are in this submarine, can somebody please pull the plug out pdq.

  72. 72
    Jeffrey Bernard says:

    Great picture. Who is the donkey sitting next to Blinky?

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    I’m trying to work out from the picture which one of them farted…

  74. 74
    the savant says:

    or perhaps a combination of the hunchback of notre dame and nosferatu — with adenoids and a lisp

  75. 75
    the savant says:

    Seriously though thats a good idea — to amend their first names to avoid confusion

    So MilliMetre could stay as ED and Smalls could become TED

    From whence would come the diminutive TEDDY

    Thus he would be known as TEDDY BALLS

    ( makes a change from teddy “bares” – what a ghastly thought, his paunch on the football pitch was quite suficient thank you !)

  76. 76
    the savant says:


    I am now looking under John Prescott’s bed

    ( loads of fish and chip wrappers and empty ferret pie food containers )

  77. 77
    the savant says:

    what about the gamine ms cooper

    == is she still his wife or is she hoping that in time the surname difference will allow teddy to realize the inevitable .

  78. 78
  79. 79
    Barnehurst Bob says:

    Ed Balls looks like Bob Crow with hair!! Are they related? I think we should be told.

  80. 80
    Jethro says:

    68 Exactly: is he saying ‘Eeyore’, or is he saying ‘Hee-haw’?
    It’s certainly not neo-endogenous Growth Theory.

  81. 81
    anybody who voted in new labour in 1997 are fucking idiots says:

    ed balls has the yuck factor while ed milliband looks like a total moron but they are all hypocrites tax evasion+avoidance is the same champagne socialism & tony blairs wife love the muslims who passed laws in their favour & new Labour created more millionaires than tories ever did thats fact check it out plus new labour created more inequality than ever

  82. 82
    duczarse says:

    ,relax your,e a mong … friends.

  83. 83
    Diddley says:

    Nope, they’re both off in hiding assembling the next labour clusterfuck.

  84. 84
    duczarse says:

    nurse, the tablets are wearing off again,no i won,t be quiet ,i,m going out on my bike and if i see any freaking plebs they,ll be in trouble

  85. 85
    filipinomonkey says:

    Noooooo soapy, think Napoleon; never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.

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