October 3rd, 2012

Ed Refuses To Answer BBC Questions on Wealth

Ed Miliband’s dubious lines about David Cameron getting a £40,000 tax cut unravelled this morning as he crumbled under pressure from Charlie Stayt on the usually light ‘n easy BBC Breakfast when asked about his own worth. In order to qualify for the cut Cameron would have to have an income of over a million pounds. Ed claims not to be a top rate taxpayer, yet repeatedly refused to say what he is worth. Could it be that he’s a multi-millionaire?

There over 300,000 millionaires in the UK, of which just 6,000 have an income of over a million and will be keeping £40,000 from next April. No one can seriously believe that David Cameron or Ed Miliband fall into the latter category, however with accumulated inheritances, property and generous Westminster pensions there is little doubt they are in the former. People in £1.6 million pound glass houses should not throw stones, Ed…


  1. 1
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I am worthless.

    • 12
      V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

      Isn’t this typical of these lying Labour scumbags, they’re all at it.

      • 75
        UKIP.i.am.awake says:

        Miliband is a blatant liar.

        • 141
          Plato's Mum says:

          Born in London and inherited property.

          When his parents bought their house, Primrose Hill was a dump.
          It was where people too poor to live in Hampstead lived.
          Hampstead was pretty cheap then.

          Should he have sold his family home and given the money to the poor like you did?

          It shows that he and his family recognise the value of things, and don’t sell them off for a boiled sweet.

          • V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

            Just found out that Ed is worth over £5 million but less than £10 million. Not really the working class lad from the local comprehensive then?

          • Lord Snooty says:

            Would you like to be ruled by a pauper?

            You plebs want to have your cake and eat it.

            No wonder you are poor.

          • Predistribution now! says:

            Unlike Brown then, selling off our gold reserves for naff all. But point is, Ed makes an issue of cabinet`s wealth when he`s just as rich or richer as almost all of them. Also claims to be average Joe.

        • 182
          VoiceOfReason says:

          Its not the wealth that is the issue.

          It is to do with awarding people in your own tax bracket a whopping tax cut

          • Predistribution now! says:

            Yeah but those on high incomes already get massively taxed (and not just through income tax) so that law of diminishing returns sets in. Tax take may be higher on a lower rate of 45p-though still far too high.

    • 36
      Parker says:

      Rattled. He was welll and truely rattled.

      • 187
        Norman Smith says:

        Charlie Stayt has disgraced himself and betrayed the BBC by trying to hold a Labour politician to account. He should be fired.

    • 42
      Liarpoliticians says:

      Should use the entire interview, it was a train wreck. Ed was clearly prepared for the usual easy ride interview from BBC Breakfast… he was not prepared for the line of questioning from Charlie Stayte. Ed however wasn’t disappointed with the easy ride interview from Eammon Holmes on Sky News shortly after.

      • 45
        Liarpoliticians says:

        Oops, wrong clip..

        Ed Miliband train wreck BBC Breakfast interview.

        • 67
          Quiet Bat Person says:

          1 ) Doesn’t answer question ‘What would HE do about petrol prices’
          2 ) Talks of leader standing up to ‘vested interests’ – but doesn’t mention the unions that pull his strings
          3 ) The last Labour government did nothing to split High Street and Investment Banks from each other, despite the moral hazard that was especially obvious after 2008

          He looked like like a frightened rabbit in that interview.

          Blah blah, kids opportunity families future, empty waffle…

          I think that Ed’s Prime Ministerial chances died at 7:05 in that clip.

          • Bendi Wendy says:

            In fact Gordon Brown forced the banks to merge, quite the opposite from splitting them.

          • jgm2 says:

            Forced the banks to merge knowing full well that HBoS would bring down Lloyds so that now, instead of two (both Scottish) of the big five needing a bailout there’d be three who needed a bail-out. Hey-presto now it’s ‘the majority of British banks’ and not Brown’s fault at all.

            What a wicked and malicious c*unt.

          • Dr Nuts says:

            And the Conservatives would’ve done anything different?

            Conservative Home
            Osbourne in his own words… 2006

            Regulation too inhibits enterprise. For example, speak to any business in financial services – from the largest investment bank to smallest independent financial adviser – and the threat of future regulation from Whitehall and Brussels is now their number one concern. Para 39

            IF things are bad now, it would’ve been worse had the Conservatives been in power 2005-10! Don’t kid yourselves otherwise!

          • I’d suggest a course of Tranq.’s Dr.N – or even a recent history book. Tories dealt with a bloody great recession in the ’80′s and handed Bliar and BullshitBroon a deficit. Fact.

            Gordmong McBroonstuff couldn’t even manage his own demons, let alone the country. Result – foisted a busted economy on the incoming government, complete with strategically placed mines like the 50% tax.

            They may have dealt with it better – but better a recession then and recovery now, than this shit, bequeathed on us by RetadEd Militwat, the Elmer Fudd of Primrose Hill and Poky Pig Pies Ballsup – both of whom advised the Mongy Jock!!

            I’d just polish the old vernadium Snap Ons and don’t pretend that there was no alternative to this LieBore fueled fiscal limbo.

          • Or even…” in the ’80′s and handed Bliar and BullshitBroon a SURPLUS” FFS!

        • 116
          Tax is theft says:

          Interrupted because something more important came up….
          You know, we used to have to pay a penny to watch people with this kind of intellect in Victorian times – now we pay the license fee.

          Charlie has gone up in my estimation after this – how long do you give him at the BBC now?

          • jgm2 says:

            Ha. Loved it. Milliband… ‘Errr.. what was the question?’

            So used to getting away with any old unrelated shit in response to any question that he doesn’t even pay attention to the question any more.

          • Diddley says:

            It’s actually fucking scary that a wannabe PM was owned by Charlie of Brekkie TV.

            PM? Milibland couldn’t run a fucking bath, let alone a country!

        • 157
          rocknrolla says:

          Thanks for posting that – what an absolute train wreck. Still can’t imagine Ed becoming PM, he’s just hopeless. He absolutely fell apart when it was asked how much he’s worth. Kudos to the BBC for once making a Labour MP sweat – wouldn’t be surprised if that bloke is now demoted or prevented from interviewing any more labour MPs.

          • Tax is theft says:

            Now if the BBC were truly unbiased, they’d be chasing him relentlessly on this issue or do they only do that to Tories….

        • 168
          Obergruppenfuhrer-BBC says:

          Who the hell is this Charlie Stayt person? Have him sent to BBC Radio Scilly immediately. You can spare the totty. She looked suitably aghast at the turn the interview was taking.

        • 220
          Malcolm says:

          Hello Charlie

          Well done for your approach towards Mr Milliband on the morning show regarding his wealth. I was leaning toward Mr Milliband and his labour party as I felt he was taking the right aopproach toward the banks and the economy however, due to him not admitting to his wealth I feel he has lost the nation which he wants to unite as one. Hmmmmm!!!!

          Malcolm who is very disappointed in labour.

      • 139
        BBC Spokesper-son-daughter says:

        The BBC apologises to Mr. Edward Miliband, the next Prime Minister of One-Nation Rainbow Britain, for the unrehearsed questioning he had to suffer while an honoured BBC guest. This will not happen again and in future Mr. Miliband – the next One-Nation Prime Minister – will only be “questioned” on the Today Programme.

      • 222
        Pundit too too says:

        I certainly would not employ Chukka Brick on my board.
        His knowledge of business is less than I knew at 15, and I was working at a real job then.

    • 74
      My Trousers are at the Pawnbrokers, Again says:

      I have no trousers

    • 203
      Old Jimmy & The Cuddly Bunny Alliance says:

      leave the worthless, mirthless, uselessness to me my dear leader

    • 228
      Grrr says:

      Every Marxist leader from Mao, to Stalin, to PolPot claims to speak for the people, but lives in luxury, makes his friends and family rich, and attacks those who work hard and succeed.

      His speach could have been given by that other socialist Mr Hitler.

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    Ed is an example of the ” something for nothing” culture, he has done nothing of value but has been rewarded.

    And if you think stealing half of someones wages is “far” then donate half your wages to the state!

    Miliband can jog on!

  3. 3
    P.Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    What about people in £ 8,000,000 houses ?

  4. 4
    Moussa Koussa says:


    No hope of turning this one around Guido.

    Dave personal wealth £10m…ALL INHERITED !!!

    • 8
      I don't need no doctor says:

      But was it earned in the first place? If yes, then what’s the problem?

    • 11
      Sophie says:

      And Ed Millibands millions via his London property portfolio & inheritance tax dodge on his Marksit Fathers house are from the taxpayer – your point is?

    • 14
      jgm2 says:

      The politics of envy?

      So much for ‘one nation’.

    • 20
      Mike Hunt says:

      So what do you suggest?
      Give it all away and live in a show-box?
      Apologise for being his father’s son?


      • 21
        Mike Hunt says:

        Curse you auto-correct.

        SHOE box.

        • 52
          Sophie says:

          And yes he should apologise for his Father.

          He never once apologised for fighting for the Red Army, or supporting the purge of dissdents from the glorious red revolution.

          Like a certain “British historian” who died this week, his father was an apologist for Communist murder & tyranny.

          • Grumpy Old Man says:

            RedEd is not his father, and should not be expected to apologise for things that happened while he was still a wet stain on his mother’s knickers. RedEd should turn his mind to making a full and frank confession for the wholesale destruction of the UK economy wrought during the Brown/Blair years, even if his role was confined to fetching the coffee while his elders and betters chose the next targets to devastate.

          • jgm2 says:

            @Grumpy Old Man


            Miliband should stop claiming credit (if there is any credit to be gained from your father running away) for what he had no control over and start apologising for what he did have control over.

            And then, when he’s finished apologising, he should find a nice stout rope and hang himself. As should Balls. And the rest of the fuckers.

      • 48
        Sophie says:

        No, of course not.

        He should stop pretending to be an ordinary man of the people – he is very wealthy – & not by contributing to growth in the real economy.

        He is a parasite who has gained his wealth through taking every opportunity to enrich himself at the taxpayers expense – the very poorest taxpayers have paid for Ed Milibands accumulated wealth.

        Look at his property portfolio – then look at his employment record.

        Fair in your book?

        • 90
          Archer Karcher says:

          Not only content with being a weapons grade parasite from a parasitic family. Whilst in office, Miliband actively worked to make poor people in this country, even poorer and transfer what little wealth the poor have, to his rich crony pals and backers.

          All in all, Miliband is a shit of the lowest water.

        • 223
          Pundit too too says:


    • 30
      Steve Miliband says:

      It belongs to the State?

    • 49
      Hush, muzee says:

      Hi Moussa. Airport’s that way. Kindly fuck off to camel land.

    • 60
      Auntie Flo' says:

      No hope of turning around the extent of Ed Miliband’s inherited wealth either, Moussa.

      Telephone Directory 1967:

      Name: R Miliband
      Address: 74 Elgin Cres Wll
      Exchange: 01-727
      City/Town: Bayswater, Park
      Directory Title: London Surnames L – R
      Publication Year: 1967
      Directory County: London
      Page Number: 2303

      Google Map it.

      A similar mansion a few doors away recently sold for £7.2 million.

      • 64
        Auntie Flo' says:

        Telephone directory 1966:
        Name: Ralph Miliband
        Address: [number redacted] Edis St NW1
        Exchange: PRImrese
        Directory Title: London Surnames L – R
        Publication Year: 1966
        Directory County: London
        Page Number: 2287

        Google Map this too.

        Properties there sell for £2-3 million.

        • 85
          Auntie Flo' says:

          Woops, one of my posts seems to have gone missing, so I’ll post it again:

          Telephone Directory 1966

          Name: Ralph Miliband
          Address: 1 Rosecroft Av NW3 Hampstd
          Directory Title: London Surnames L – R
          Publication Year: 1966
          Directory County: London
          Page Number: 2287

          Properties there sell for between 2 million and 6 million

          • Archer Karcher says:

            Not bad going for a staunch man o’ the people and fervent marxist, who never had any income except from lecturing and minor writing. The money from communist Russia came in handy though.

    • 65
      it was a dark and stormy night says:

      Tell me moussa does stupidty run in your family, maybe a stupid gene or did you do a course?

    • 166
      Dr Nuts says:

      Dave personal wealth £10m…ALL INHERITED !!!

      That’s the entire point. The people in Parliament have money but few have any idea how to actually make any through private enterprise.

      So we’re left with ‘ideology’ because there’s no reality to provide perspective!
      I can understand Osbourne bringing the 45% tax band to the budget, his family gains!

      • 215
        Predistribution now! says:

        True enough. But ignorance of business is worst among Labour MPs, of whom only 9% have any experience of business.

        • 224
          Pundit too too says:

          Is it that high?
          Historically it has never been above 20% which includes the union bubble.

  5. 5
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Some communists are more equal than others.

  6. 6
    Loungelizard says:

    Ed pretty well refused to answer any questions at all. Any good he may have done himself yesterday was totally undermined by his poor performance this morning.

    • 35
      Mike Hunt says:

      But his ‘performance’ yesterday was watched by more people.

      • 79
        jgm2 says:

        It will have been watched by practically nobody except political obsessives. The ‘best’ bits will however have been cherry-picked and reported uncritically by the BBC on their 6 o’clock and 10 o’clock news.

        “Ooooh, ‘one nation’, ohhh, that makes a change from all that ‘bash-the-rich-stuff’ they normally come out with…”

        ‘oooh, he went to comprehensive and still managed to get to Oxford, he must be really clever…’

        Which is what the object of the exercise was all about.

        • 91
          Grumpy Old Man says:

          ‘oooh, he went to comprehensive and still managed to get to Oxford, he must be really clever…’ RedEd’s private tutors certainly were.

          • Now look here, you silly, silly people!! As I said in my brilliant piece in the worlds leading purveyor of News “One Nation Labour is a stroke of genius”, and it has been read and applauded to the heavensby all of the iinteligencia and world leaders (I had to personal autograph dear Baracks copy, you know!) in the Gruniad, or the “Hampstead and Tuscan Pravda” as we wags call it!

            Trust me By setting aside the past, this was the day Miliband took full command of his party, a shadow cabinet behind him no longer scratchy with a few doubters. No doubts at all that they voted for the wrong brother.

            Still, what’s a huge London property portfolio, a mass murdering Grandfather and an inability to string anything intelligent together going to be a hindrance to my cheer leading, hm? Hm? No exactly – HE’S A SOCIALIST – HE CAN DO AND SAY WHAT HE LIKES! It’s not as if he was one of the little people is it?!

            Horrible, horrible baby eating Tories.

          • Steve Lloyd. says:

            Same bog standard comp as Boris went to, wasn’t it?

          • soapy says:

            He managed to get from a bog standard comp to Oxford.

            His mummy must have put him on the train then.

  7. 7
    Sophie says:

    Look at his London property portfolio paid for by the taxpayer.

    Look at his inheritance tax dodge on his Marxist Fathers house.

    Of course he is a millionaire.

    It is about time he was asked for his tax return & asset wealth.

  8. 10
    a non says:

    Ed might be one of the poor millionaires but his brother David [ with media reports of over half a million pounds earnings outside his parliamentary salary] aint

  9. 13
    Hugh Janus says:

    A geek is a long time in politics….

  10. 15
    Anyone Know Why says:

    The fact that Ed’s dad was an illegal immigrant, entering the UK with forged papers appears to have been airbrushed from several articles including his Wiki entry, self edited I guess.

    • 229
      steve h says:

      and was a traitor who spent his entire life (paid for by the taxpayer) trying to turn the British into slaves. a more dishonourable c#nt you will never see. the worst advert for giving people asylum you could ever imagine

  11. 16
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Daddy wrote set texts for students, extolling the virtues of socialism, trying to influence others to back schemes to stifle private enterprise, whilst enjoying his royalties.

    Must be great being a child on speaking terms with old Eric Hobsbawn and all the other apologists for the murdering scum who followed Marx, Lenin and Stalin.

    • 56
      The Central Scrutinizer says:

      Ed and David Milliband are both ‘red-diaper babies’ – indoctrinated with left-wing ideology from birth. This is why neither of them will ever win the position of Prime Minister. Their advisors well know that ‘public opinion’ in the UK, although often being somewhat left of centre on some issues, it is never marxist. Marxism is only the ‘operating system’ of a small band of elites, idiots, radicals and academics (and their doe-eyed students).

      Yes, they have made great in-roads into the institutions, and are well versed in how to lie to and manipulate the public, however, their achilles heel is their ideology (and how it is so at odds with the public) and their own hypocrisy (which as this video clip shows, is so easily laid bare).

  12. 17
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Are you so dense Guido

    On your figures

    6000 who earn 1 Mill a year.

    So 6000 millionaires WILL get a £40,000 increase in their income

    errrr, so £240 Million of tax payers cash WILL be going to millionaires..

    errrr, well thats Ok then.

    • 31
      jgm2 says:

      You seem to have a very hazy grasp of who the money belongs to in the first place.

      If Tescos cuts the price of their lamb shoulders from 20 quid to ten quid Tescos is not ‘giving’ me ten quid.

      Same with tax.

    • 37
      The Libor party says:

      This is precisely why I raised the top rate of tax to 50% in 2010. I realised that Libor were going to be booted out in May 2010 so I just added this little ‘gift’ to the Poisoned Chalice we left behind.

    • 39
      Selohesra says:

      And were Labour were writing them cheques for £40,000 for the 13 years they were in power and kept top rate at 40%?

      • 53
        jgm2 says:

        Using Labour maths they were actually ‘giving’ ‘em 80,000 quid a year for the entire 13 years. Including for two full years after Brown’s ponzi economy finally crashed.

        A naked political trap. Nothing at all to do with raising money or ‘making the rich pay’. Just pure political malevolence.

        What a bunch of divisive, wicked, evil bastards.

        • 190
          Atlas says:

          Mr. “Hed of a Very Small Group” could be inciting hatred with these remarks. Isn’t that against the law?

    • 41
      Steve Miliband says:

      So where does the £3billion figure come from? Must have been using Gordon’s wonky calculator

    • 55
      lojolondon says:

      Actually, those 6,000 people are people like Lewis Hamilton, who lives in Monaco, Richard Branson – all assets offshore, Jimmy Carr – offshore tax dodge etc.

      So, of the people in the UK who earn a million a year, VERY FEW of them pay any tax at all, never mind paying 50% tax. The only people who get relief from this taxation are the directors of NHS trusts, the BBC, and quangos, and some senior managers/CEOs.

      It was explained to Crash Gordon that his tax would not raise any additional revenue, he did it anyway because “being harsh on the rich” sends the right message to the unwashed.

      Meanwhile, almost every MP is worth a million due to the house-flipping and expenses fraud during the Liebour years.

      • 80
        Anonymous says:

        tax feels like a fetish.
        why not also give a thought to the founder of a uk hedge fund biz who as a broadbrush earns £80m, give £40m tax and still have £40m in the bank. This is what Dragons Den is about too.

        • 100
          jgm2 says:

          Good for him. I’m not going to try and kid myself that if I had income of 80m a year that I’d happily write a cheque for 40m. I fucking well wouldn’t. Half my money? Fuck off.

          And deep down in their heart most of those bedwetter fuckers know that they wouldn’t either. As the likes of Ken Livingston proves.

          But luckily for most of them that conflict doesn’t arise so they can demand that ‘the rich’ pay more ven though they know, if they were in the same situation, they’d be giving it ’50% tax? They can fuck off’.

          • Labour in the pockets of the union twats says:

            Agreed, the fact that the top rate goes down to 45% means they’ll not be giving me £4,000 back, but taking £4,000 less from me and my family. When will these Hunts realise:GOVERNMENTS HAVE NO MONEY

      • 194
        TaxNeedn'tBeTaxing says:

        Take a singer like Adele who sells 4 1/2 million albums in the UK alone. The VAT from those sales would be about 6 million at 7 quid a disc. Then theres all the fuel taxes hauling them round the country, and the corporation taxes on the profits of every company in the supply chain, and the lass gets into trouble for complaining about the excessive tax bill she personally gets hit with? The biggest beneficiary of her efforts is the treasury.

        And thats the same for everyone who uses their abilities to earn. We are all taxed excessively. We pay for pointless wars, compensation to Gitmo bay scumbags or prisoners who dont like to slop out. We pay for methadone for junkies, for lawyers for traitors, for fake olive trees in Sicily, for MP’s expenses….

        Fucking stop spending all our money and everyone can have tax cuts.

    • 70
      Auntie Flo' says:

      Google Map this too while you’re about it:

      Telephone Directory 1966

      Name: Ralph Miliband
      Address: 1 Rosecroft Av NW3 Hampstd
      Directory Title: London Surnames L – R
      Publication Year: 1966
      Directory County: London
      Page Number: 2287

      Properties there sell for 2-6 million.

      • 98
        JH says:

        Um, can anyone explain to me exactly how, and I mean EXACTLY HOW, does a socialist academic arrive here, promptly starts sneering at the country that has given him refuge and BAM – winds up a millionaire a couple of decades later.

        How EXACTLY did this happen?

        Did he sell lots of books? Who was paying him the money, and for what services, exactly?

    • 72
      it was a dark and stormy night says:

      mousse you retard whats all tis errr,errr, crap

    • 109
      dog says:

      Small but important point the tax payer is not giving any money to millionaires. The government is allowing them to keep more of there own money. Unlike the unions who get millions from the tax payer by employing full time union staff.

      • 160
        Submitted For Your (nominal) Consideration says:

        True, if the millionaire in question does not have a public-sector contract of some kind or other. Once he/she does, all the questions of how that contract was procured enter the picture– who bunged whom, who shook down whom, who’s got a few bob stashed away someplace that haven’t been reported, you know, that sort of thing. Start a public-sector programme, hey presto! you’ve got someone there to cash in as a vendor or contractor. How’s about a two-tier business tax system, taxing income received from the public-sector at a higher rate than purely-private transactions? Cut out the middle-man and just withhold at source. Let’s see who’d go for that idea and how long it would last.

        • 212
          dog says:

          Very silly idea, largely because individuals aren’t awarded contracts they are only awarded to companies. Another reason if you charge more tax they will put up the price.

    • 221
      Anonymous says:

      Well, as your mate Jimmy said in #18 in this very thread: “all within the rules.”

      So what’s your problem, then?

  13. 22
    Red Ed says:

    You wont find it, it’s all in a Venezuelan bank account, I got Ken to organise it.

  14. 23
    stuart Kutner says:

    nor would he answer ‘whats your favourite filling station’

  15. 24
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Ed Miliband should set an example and declare his full financial affairs and assets.
    This should be followed by the rest of his shadow cabinet.
    What is Ed afraid of?

    • 57
      lojolondon says:

      Only afraid of the truth – that is all.

      Do you really think he would not have done it if he could??

      Along with the union leaders, Labour leaders will never, ever, ever admit their wealth.

      You can bank on that.

    • 93
      My Trousers are at the Pawnbrokers, Again says:

      I’m happy to declare mine at anytime, go on just ask

    • 206
      New Jimmy says:

      me again. rearing my ugly head. that is all for now. FWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEP!

  16. 25
    Glyn H says:

    People from the Brown Treasury only know how to debauch other peoples money. But it is odd when both Miliband and his father only ever draw on funds from the state yet end up in fine, expensive houses.

  17. 26
    jgm2 says:

    Ed might not be a top-rate tax-payer. But then I bet his brother, with income of reportedly half a million quid isn’t either. They’ll both be using the same scam as Livingston or Brown or Blair. Fake charities, personal service companies paying tax at 20% on dividends.

    Usual drill.

    Wicked and mendacious and divisive.

    Looked at some of the CiF comments about the ’40,000 tax cut’ – those fuckers are literally insane. The thought that such imbeciles can vote makes me sick to the pit of my stomach.

    • 38
      Steve Miliband says:

      Form a Ltd Company. Eg Mili Wonka Chocolate Fireguard Ltd. Get paid in dividends at 20%

      • 82
        Mitt Romney says:

        That’s what I do. And even though I pay, as an absolute number, way the hell more than even a lot of millionaires do, I still get clobbered for not “paying my ‘fair’ share.” There’s no winning with these idiots.

    • 40
      Mike Hunt says:

      I know, same as those who can’t grasp the difference between deficit and debt.

      The lie was there as a pavlovian whistle to the rabid left.

      • 68
        jgm2 says:

        It’s not that they can’t grasp the difference. It’s that they know the majority of voters aren’t paying enough attention to grasp the difference.

        And this works for both sides.

        The T*ries know that if folk realised that the debt was still ballooning out of control they’d wonder what all this bollocks was about ‘cuts’. Even though most of the voters, with their own personal behaviour, understand that real cuts have to be made. Fuel consumption is down by 10% since 2008. That’s an awful lot less journeys being made. An awful lot less pub lunches being bought when they don’t go wherever they might have gone. An awful lot less admission fees to whatever attraction etc etc.

        The public gets it. They understand the need for cuts. They understand that we’ve individually and as a nation been living beyond our means.

        It suits Labour to confuse the two because even though the deficit is reducing the debt is still increasing. So they can muddle the two ‘accidentally’ depending on what lie they’re trying to plant.

        • 172
          Lefties are liars says:

          You should replace that Stephanie Flanders woman. She gets confused about all this too. But then having sh&gged Two Eds is proof that she’s utterly stupid.

          • soapy says:

            Sorry, that will have to wait until she gets back from spouting her usual bollocks at something or other in Wisconsin.

          • steve h says:

            Evan Davis.he fell for Brown’s abolition of boom and bust hook line and fishing vessel.

            and he is an economics graduate – talk about gullible!

    • 101
      JH says:

      I have a modest proposal that only net taxpayers should be allowed to vote.

      Whoever pays the piper and all that.

    • 225
      Labour Placemen Charity Leaders (LPCL) says:

      Like us poor charities pulling out of the government’s Work Scheme or going broke because of it.
      Toady Programme BBC pushed our case this morning with Jimmy the Red Naughty ripping into the Minister on why we were going broke.
      At one stage the Minister had the temerity to imply that we were badly managed – Jimmy fought our case vigorously as this is on dangerous ground.

  18. 28
    Shooty* says:

    Caught the end of the interview this morning. It was woeful. Evan was on top form.

  19. 29
    Party Pooper says:

    Never trust a politician, most especially one who talks out of the side of his mouth like that.

    Or has Balls in the background, very reminiscent of the old Nazi SA brown shirts, poised ready to throw out any dissenters from the audience. Even has the mad staring eyes.

  20. 33
    the fart that looks like a fish says:

    can not emerge a true Englishman to restore the realm ?

  21. 43
    Party Pooper says:

    He just comes over as a totally foppishly wet lightweight, hardly leader material, as the vulture (Balls) on his shoulder well knows.

    Miliband, the only human with Balls on his shoulder!

  22. 44
    Flatcap Army says:

    base MP salary is £65,738, higher rate tax kicks in a £34,371. If he’s not paying higher rate tax then he’s an evil baby-killing tax dodger (c. Richard Murphy) and must be pursued by HMRC

  23. 46
    Lincolntory says:

    Why is it always forgotten that the rise from 40% to 50% was only implemented in Labour’s last months as a poisonous legacy for the Tories?12+ years at 40% was far more generous to ‘millionaires’ than 45% jsy starting now.

  24. 47
    Party Pooper says:

    Money and hypocrisy, his daddy taught him well!

  25. 51
    Ed started this class issue, now he's trying to hide from it says:

    Typical Labour hypocrite.

    • 59
      jgm2 says:

      Not at all. It’s deliberate confusion marketing. Keeping the rabid bedwetters on-side with the divisive ‘millionaires, toffs, blah blah‘ and appealing to the middle class floating voters with his ‘one nation’ bollocks.

  26. 54
    BBC Tannoy System says:

    Calling Mr Charlie Stayte!!!, Calling Mr Charlie Stayte!!!! – please report to Broadcasting House, room 101……..Calling Mr…….

    • 226
      Jimmy Saville - your charitable peodophile says:

      Would’nt have happened in my time.
      I had the BBC in the palm of my hand – literally.

  27. 58
    Popeye says:

    Ed Miliband – 1969 UK – Born: Leader Labour Party and of the Opposition – Married

    Annual: GBP 132,387.00
    Monthly: GBP 11,032.00
    Weekly: GBP 2,647.00
    Daily: GBP 529.00
    BBC Oct. 2010: Ed Miliband has said he will match coalition ministers by taking a five per cent pay cut. The current salary for the post of Leader of the Opposition is £139,355 – which will be reduced to £132,387.
    This is what we know about! Sad when the old marxist is ashamed of his wealth. Equality, fraternity, but you aint having my money.

  28. 61
    Ordinary pleb says:

    A million is nothing nowadays. We’ve got £360K in the building society and our house is probably worth more than £400K. We aren’t high earners (no 40% tax here).

    • 96
      My Trousers are at the Pawnbrokers, Again says:

      You’d be kings where I live! Come and rule us

    • 164
      Nigerian Prince (if no reply, ask for Jim) says:

      You are my sort of friend. Send me some details such as your bank account and PIN number. My late father’s $3.3 Bn legacy could be transferred to your bank by 5 pm.

      • 191
        My Trousers are at the Pawnbrokers. Again says:

        Eh you get you own King. But if you need to transfer that cash no problem, I must warn you though that if I give you the last bank account details I had there is a very good chance that you might not see your cash again. Just being up front, if you planning to rob me, then I can only refer to the Ballad of Jumping Jesus. Hurry up as the Libray is going cold now and I’ve got the chance of some shop lifting down the local offey as they’ve put some idiot student on the till so have to strike while we can.

    • 200
      soapy says:

      Do you propose to take it all with you? Tickets for the Pearly Gates don’t come cheap these days do they?

  29. 62
    Keith Vaz says:

    Ed Miliband “I’m not making an issue of David Cameron’s background”

    He’s a bigger liar than I am.

    • 69
      Joss Taskin says:

      Are you part of the ‘One Asian Libor Party’ ?

    • 76
      Britain the Ruined Country says:

      Milliband on Today R4 this morning was Brown Mk2 – even with the Labour biased interviewer he couldn’t answer a question, instead all he did was shout down the interviewer – Gordon personified, why am I not surprised.

      Never ever forget Milliband and Balls were the sidekicks to McMental and his disasters.

  30. 63

    you’re all in it together

  31. 66
    Gladys says:

    I mean to say Mummy and Daddy Milliband came to this country without a pot to piss in .

    If Milliband junior has made a few bob for himself then he is the type of guy I would employ .

    Much rather have someone like that than some jumped up public school type who has been helped every step of the way by rich and pushy parents .

    • 73
      The Libor party says:

      Red Ed is a career politician, he has never had a real job, has never risked his own hard-earned cash. He has fed off other people all the way up.

    • 83
      jgm2 says:

      The Milibands are ‘jumped up state school types who has been helped every step of the way by rich and pushy parents.’

    • 87
      Loungelizard says:

      That’s right, the Miliband brothers have come up the hard way. Ed got where he is today with no help from his parents whatsoever. Starting on the shop floor he worked his way up to management because of his natural business acumen and a unique understanding of the manufacturing process.

      • 111
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        ….and always fetching the coffee getting everyone’s order right and without spilling any on the chocolate bikkies.

    • 209
      New Jimmy Better The Old Jimmy (FFS) says:

      zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz i do it much better. kindly leave the stage.

  32. 77
    Hannibal from Carthage says:

    A good day to have a go at Milliband .

    The Transport Department is all over the place.

    Branson and all the others are smelling taxpayers money by way of compensation .

    Not the slightest explanation coming out about what has gone wrong though .

    • 86
      UKIP.i.am.awake says:

      Another state department cock up. That sort of thing passes for normality in the public sector. Down with that sort of thing.

      • 94
        Bert Camus says:

        The Telegraph say it will only cost 40 million so it is hardly worth making a fuss about .

        In reality it will cost every man woman and child the price of about a cigarette each .

        So there is no problem .

    • 102

      Omni shambles.

      I’m not very big on conspiracy theories but there have been so many ‘civil servant’ cock ups by underlings and minions that one does begin to consider.

      Is this the stay behind Spetsznaz, planted deep under cover by Watson, sniping and blowing up policies.

      Or is just the usual civil service incompetence?

  33. 81
    Tony BiLlionAIRe says:

    I vote Tory these days.

  34. 92
    Britain the Ruined Country says:

    M – Meglomaniac tutored by Brown.
    I – Insult the public intelligence.
    L – Laughable, my performance.
    L – Lying, what I do when my mouth moves.
    I – Immigration, what I have foisted unasked on Britain.
    B – Bullying, I’ve been taught by a master.
    A – Assumption that I can rule even though I have no ability.
    N – Nepotism, how I’ve got so far.
    D – Dunce, remember a polished turd is still a turd.

    • 140
      Cato Street Conspirator says:

      Oi, Dunce, don’t you know there’s only one L in Miliband? Back to the remedial class for you.

      • 184


        Sorry – didn’t mean to shout.

      • 201
        Britain the Ruined Country says:

        I had to put two in to remind you of both laughable and lying, mind you I could easily go through the alphabet several times given his failings.

  35. 95
    Patronising socialist hypocritesthe electorate... says:

    The Milibands are posher than Dave for Chrissakes…of cousre they’re multi-millionaires they are part of the socialist aristocracy who think that they are born to rule….forget about all that “Comprehensive” Bollocks…how many go to Oxford and Harvard ..and whose parants had regular dinner guesst such as Tiny Ben or Tariq Ali and drop straight into a safe Labour seat ?#

    If the electorate swallow all that guff from yesterday then they really ARE stupid

    • 99
      My Trousers are at the Pawnbrokers, Again says:

      Think you are goig to be dissapointed with the electorate

    • 183
      Snaplegs says:

      35% of the electorate ARE that stupid and will continue to be so.

      At the last GE anyone with a smattering of intelligence should have voted for anyone but Labour. Clegg should have been the leader of the opposition and labour reduced to a few dozen stalwarts sat in the back corner. Even UKIP should have won a seat or two.

      Sadly personal greed (One Nation meaning “what’s in it for one?”) meant that a large part of electorate continued to vote for the most fiscally inept party in history. It’s depressing to think it’ll continue in 2015 – but if Miliband does win I’m making plans now to emigrate

  36. 97
    the fart that looks like a fish says:

    from somewhere will emerge a true Englishman

  37. 110
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I don’t pay 40% tax. Now stop calling me Ed Millionaireband !!!

  38. 114
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    By the way, did I mention I went to the local Comprehensive School ?

  39. 119
    Anonymous says:

    Hallelujah! He’s finally being called to account by the BBC.

    Forget about personalising it for now. The “millionaires” slogan from the weekend was so obviously incorrect, why has it taken until now to be challenged? Are his sloganeers that cynical or just financially illiterate? And why has it taken the BBC so long? Andrew Marr has come up woefully short.

  40. 122
    Anonymous says:

    6000 people on £1m +
    It would be interesting to see the demographic. I’m guessing that the majority of that would be made up of people from the following groups:

    Sports Stars (Footballers mainly I’m guessing)
    Pop Stars
    Movie Stars
    TV Personalities

    How many are business people?

    • 131
      Vince Inacapable, the anti-business business secretary, says:

      There might be one or two businesspeople who earn that much but, rest assured, I’ll git ‘em! Yeeee haaa!

  41. 123
    himindoors says:

    There is a big idea here… It is about creating a society that is genuinely one nation, in which we seek to realise the potential of all our people – T Blair – 1996
    About 1:45 in

    • 137
      Joss Ayinglike says:

      Labour – things can only get better.


      • 150
        My Trousers are at the Pawnbrokers, Again says:

        To be fair I used to be only trouserless 3 days a month under Labour, but more like 6 days a month now. And it is a lot harder to cadge fags in the street

  42. 124
    Kevin T says:

    For fuck’s sake, he’s the one constantly bringing up the wealth of others. Why do the likes of him and Toynbee think they can harp on endlessly about “the rich” without anyone questioning how much they have?

    • 186



      Now go and pay some of that tax, thingy, stuff that other people keep whittering on about.

  43. 129
    Anonymous says:

    Best interview by BBC Breakfast for ages. Its ok when Eds preaching to the converted but when pushed on basic policy he waffles on and on. What is becoming very striking about Labour at this conference is how they have swiped many of the Coalition`s initiatives i.e. what they are doing right here and now and have reworded or rebranded tory ideas as their own. On the 50p tax question I have never seen a politician flounder like he did. I never meant it like that – oh yeah pull the other one Ed. One Nation = We Are All In it Together, doesn`t it Ed? This is rapidly turning into the Tory Party conference.

  44. 134
    JH says:

    I have a theory that fervent lefties tend to have twisted looking faces, often moulded in to a permanent sneer.

    This is the outward manifestation of the daily contortions and denials they put their own minds through in order to sound like true believers in the socialist golden dawn, while being on the take n’ make at the slightest opportunity. Their facial muscles distort in parallel with the twisted mind that controls them.

    When I see pictures of Eric Hobsbawm I see the proof of this theory in extremis.

    It could also explain the ‘forceps features’ of the Miliband juniors. Ed’s right eye is about inch higher than the other for Chris’s sake, he looks like a walking talking advert for Kai’s Power Goo.

  45. 135
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    ‘People in £1.6 million pound glass houses should not throw stones, Ed…’

    You’ll have to explain this one to me. Do you mean that wealthy people are not allowed to believe in a tax system that taxes them more heavily?

    Because if someone who isn’t wealthy says they believe in this then you accuse them of ‘the politics of envy’. So who precisely is allowed an opinion on taxation?

  46. 136
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    These comments are all very well but why no mention of legalising gay marriage.

    I am determined to make the UK a pink nation.

  47. 142
    Roman Abramovich says:

    Just don’t mess with me and my taxes.

    You understand OK.

  48. 153
    H Shandy says:

    Ed Milliband went to a comprehensive school so he gets my goat. Sorry vote.

  49. 159
    H Shandy says:

    Breaking News: Charlie Stayte sleeps with the fishes.

  50. 161
    Nick Robinson says:

    “The test though is whether those who are not committed Labour supporters can now close their eyes, visualise the most famous door in the world and genuinely picture Ed Miliband standing in front of it as Prime Minister. ”

    Not without the assistance of some very heavy guage chemicals.

  51. 169
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    He really looks like Mr. Ed with those fake teeth; God I want to punch them out.

  52. 171
    Rightallalong says:

    Labour have got into the habit of lying. In previous years they would at least be a bit crafty about it with the spin of Alistair Campbell, the double accountancy and stealth taxes of Gordon Brown. Then, when Gordon Brown became desperate to cling on to power, he lied every week at PMQs with the choice at the next election mantra being ‘Labour investment or Tory cuts’. Now they lie and seem to believe the lies. They can’t see that wealth and income are seperate (neither can the Lib-Dems).

    On education, Miliband wants the 50% who don’t go to University to take a technical baccalaureate. That’s fine, but a huge percentage of that group can’t read, write or do basic sums.

    • 202
      soapy says:

      When I grew up we had excellent technical colleges which specialised in teaching manual skills to those who were “less academically” inclined. The Castle/Crosland mayhem and sabotage of the education system dispensed with them and invented the famous bog standard comps pandering to the lowest common denominator.

      Regrettably, many of the technical and engineering skills taught to willing pupils at the technical colleges are no longer in demand as vast swathes of manufacturing industry has been shunted offshore. Much of what remains is now done by robots – the electro-mechanical ones, not the bog standard comp graduates.

  53. 173
    Kevin T says:

    What I still want to know is, does he think the strikes are wrong while negotiations are ongoing?

  54. 176
    Kevin T says:

    Priceless fake smile at 0:15 in the original video Guido posted.

  55. 192
    Westminster Gossip says:

    It’s the wrong question!!!

    What someone is worth and what they own is not the question the nation should be concerned with, the question that I want the answer to from Dave, Ed and Nick is this: what is a fair percentage that the state should be entitled to take from my earnings; cash, salary, property and my estate when I’m dead. In addition the state takes my money on by VAT, car tax, fuel duty and others.

    If I earn/own £100 what proportion of my £100, which I earned through my skill or labour do you Dave, Ed or Nick think it is fair to take off me?

  56. 217
    Ed (i'm not my brothers seat warmer) REALLYBLAND says:

    I’m sure his multi millionaire brother , A serving MP who never turns up will welcome his £40,000 tax break
    and if

  57. 218
    Ed (i'm not my brothers seat warmer) REALLYBLAND says:

    I’m sure his multi millionaire brother , A serving MP who never turns up will welcome his £40,000 tax break
    and if Little Ed shouts too loud David will just get his Onion pals to launch a leadership contest , and replace the unconvincing little turd
    It would be really amusing to watch a parliament where the PM is never in attendance , due to “speaking commitments”elsewhere !

  58. 233
    darth vader says:

    Red Ed must have put in a lot of time learning that “One Britain” speech and did a good job.

    All this stuff about did banks, did he not work under and advise twat mcbroon in the treasury on how to train wreck an economy?

    It all sounds great until he is asked questions he has not had scripted by his advisors, the muppet couldn’t even run his own house let alone the country.

    I fear for the BBC presenter who made him squirm, how dare he question a member of the labour party like that?

  59. 234
    Geoffrey Brooking says:

    Documents from the Land Registry show that the house that Red Ed shares with and in the name of his wife is worth £2.3 million.

    That’s £700,000 more than they paid for it and even taking into account a £400,000 mortgage comfortably makes him Ed Millionaire.

    What’s more, the £400,000 is borrowed from the same banks (Barclays) who’s former boss (Bob Diamond) he vigorously attacked.

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