March 24th, 2014

‘Weird Ed’ Problem is Not Going Away

After four years as leader the British public still thinks Ed Miliband is a weirdo who was the unpopular bed-wetting swot that got bullied at school and picked last for sport teams.

All vote winning qualities…

Buzzfeed’s YouGov poll today shows Ed is seen as by far the weirdest party leader, with 51% of 18-24 year olds describing him as weird. That’s 50% weirder than Cameron. YouGov find that 29% think Ed Miliband is doing well as Labour leader, 60% badly, a negative net score of minus 31% compared to David Cameron’s minus 9%. As Guido wrote last week, these are not the numbers for a Prime Minister in Waiting, and the public literally laugh at Labour’s ideas.

The weirdo evidence is compelling…


65 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    He may be weird but the thought of him as PM is bloody terrifying me.

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    • 31
      Mind the gap says:

      … and why is UKIP not included in that little chart?

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    • 41
      Rusty Bodangler says:

      In the background to that first graph Milibrain appears to be channelling the spirit of the Were-Rabbit.

      Alas, I fear he shall win fewer awards than the 2005 clay-mation film.

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    • 53
      Myfanwy says:

      “swot that got bullied at school” stop talking about our Wills like that, there is is nothing wrong with being a little swot, they are trying to do it all themselves and get into university on merit.

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    • 57
      I dislike socialists intensely says:

      He makes Mr.Bean seem almost normal . What a grade A plonker.

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    • 60
      broderick crawford says:

      In the top picture Edward Scissorhands resembles an out if control Billy Joel when he still had hair …. all tbat s missing is the piano and the mouth organ.

      He coulld always give us his version of “Piano Man ” …..or perhaps “New Bjiork State of Mind “

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  2. 2
    Mitch says:

    Guessing what other people might have thought about them over 30 years ago isn’t very scientific?

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    • 24
      jgm2 says:

      No. It’s not very scientific but voting intention isn’t very scientific either. Some will vote Labour because their granddad did and their dad and so they are going to vote Labour. That makes up 28% of voters being the number that voted for Brown even after he’d destroyed the UK economy and left record debts and deficits.

      But the other 72% is more or less up for grabs. This is why politicians make such a big deal out of losing their hair. Because although it shouldn’t really matter it is just enough for some voters to think ‘too old, past it’ and not vote for them. Kinnock suffered from being a Welsh ginger.

      Miliband has the image of being a nerdy pointy-head with a nasal accent like the dorky one off the ‘Inbetweeners’ but, unlike ‘The Inbetweeners’, without any actual friends.

      He’s the creepy, wheezy kid who got picked last in games, the kid at school who played Dungeons and Dragons. And now somebody is seriously suggesting we vote for him as PM?

      Unfair? Perhaps. But that’s what he looks like, that’s how he comes across and that will affect how people vote.

      Him and Ned Balls are voter kryptonite.

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      • 62
        cynic says:

        It does not matter how weird he is. Voters have limited influence on politics. The corrupt electoral imbalances and Scotland declining to relinquish the subsidy teat will guarantee Labour a majority in 2015.

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    • 27
      Perceptive public twig young weirdo Ed says:

      Mr Miliband also spent his school holidays helping out veteran left-winger Tony Benn;

      From an early age, Ed and David were expected and encouraged to take part in the endless ‘socialist salon’ discussions that dominated the family home.

      When The World at One came on the BBC radio at 1pm the house stopped.

      This was exemplified by his stint as a contributor to LBC Radio’s Young London programme, reviewing books and plays. On one occasion, he and the other contributors were asked to name their favourite film and band. Mr Miliband didn’t have a clue how to answer. In desperation for advice, he phoned a family friend, who suggested he should say that his favourite song was the protest anthem Free Nelson Mandela.

      In an interview with Piers Morgan he said he had been beaten up on at least one occasion.

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      • 51
        John Bellingham says:

        One suspects that he spent every break with his head stuffed down a toilet bowl being bog-washed.
        1/. Geeky
        2/. Funny looking.
        3/. Fucking swot.
        4/. Foreign.
        5/. No girlfriends.
        6/. No boyfriends
        7/. No friends at all
        8/. J@wish.
        9/. Weak.
        Schoolboys are a bit like African wild dogs, they turn on the weakest and tear it to bits–a bit like voters really.

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    • 50
      100 things to do as a teenager says:

      Robotic Ed. Late for class once. Watched Dallas. Think thats it.

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  3. 3
    Taxpayers Alliance - Join the Circus Division says:

    At least he provides amusement to the taxpayer whilst he is in opposition.

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  4. 4
    Aardvark says:

    What normal, healthy, decent person mixes with Marxist union thugs, longs for Marxist totalitarian power of the country, thinks its OK to take people’s money and give it to their friends.

    By nature – a Marxist is a mentally deficient with bad morals.

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  5. 5
    Anonymous says:

    Of course nothing along the lines of who was a bully at school and since when has working hard at school been a bad thing?

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  6. 6
    Ohthisbloodypc says:

    If you want to see a weird looking geek who got bullied at school, have a look at the editor of UK editor of Buzzfeed

    Real chinless dweeb material

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  7. 7
    Every right-thinking Englishman says:

    Yes, Ed is weird, but this poll and the graph are bollocks.

    What next? Bag, Shag or Crag?

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    • 20
      Every right-thinking Englishman says:

      For instance, why no indication of how many “don’t knows” for each question?
      Are they included or excluded?
      If included, then the weird for Clogg must be very since most will not have any opinion about him, but everyone knows who Butch is
      If excluded, it would still be interesting to know the figures of haow many people have any opinion at all on the three.

      Also, start your graphs at 0

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      • 58
        I dislike socialists intensely says:

        It does not matter how you try and fiddle the numbers .Ed Miliband is the
        weirdest party leader by far .Long may he reign.

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  8. 8
    8umboy 8illy Hague says:

    I was popular at school.

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  9. 9
    Bye or Baa? says:

    Baa! Baa! Baa! Baa!

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  10. 10
    Anne Nuity (retired) says:

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    • 13
      cheche says:

      Labour

      Bribing people with other people’s money

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      • 15
        One Million New Public Sector Jobs in 12 months says:

        +1

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      • 35
        Mind the gap says:

        In Jamaican patois ‘Dinabbot’ means thick utterly dense hippo shit. Why can’t this woman be sent back where she came from. Lots of little ni99y no99s she can worry about in Kingston.

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        • 54
          John Bellingham says:

          Unfortunately she came from Paddington (the district not the Railway Station) which makes her constant anti-white racism and mooning for the joys of “being a West indian Mum” all the more irritating.

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    • 14
      One N, Two Bs, Two Ts says:

      I just HAVE to tweet, every time I go for a pee.

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    • 18
      Mitch says:

      The Left can’t stand it, can they? Giving people choices over their lives. To the Left, we are all helpless babies who must be “guided” i.e. told what to do, by our betters and elders i.e. them.

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    • 19
      Hackney target company says:

      Must have learned that trick from Liebour, Diane, except steal the private pensions and give it to the uncivil servants and Liebour hangers on, hopefully Liebour will never ever get near government again.

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    • 44
      Vlad the Loudhailer says:

      There is nothing so bad a Labour politician can’t make worse.

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    • 59
      Lakeslover says:

      OK Diane,

      So which leader of your party removed dividend tax credits on pensions?

      Could it have been a certain Gordon Brown? “The man who stole our old age”

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  11. 11
    SUPER BUNGLE says:

    Paving the way for Chuka Umunna being Britain’s first black leader of a main political party in 2015.

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  12. 12
    Alex Salmond, formerly the cleverest man in politics says:

    Everyone is bullying me, I’ve not done my homework properly and I’m not very popular. Ya bas.

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  13. 17
    Maximus says:

    Gerrymandering innit.

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  14. 26
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    Unless the Tories can pull ahead to a decent 10 point lead over Labour by September then barring as YES vote to Scottish independence this weird geek is going to be Prime Minister.

    A truly terrifying prospect :-(

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    • 40
      Pitchfork Sharpeners R Us says:

      Give us a call when you need us.

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    • 61
      carlo gambino says:

      Unless the Tories can pull ahead to a decent 10 point lead over Labour by September then barring as YES vote to Scottish independence this weird geek is going to be Prime Minister.

      ———————————————————————————

      Sorry to break this to you, but even if the Buckie Gobblers vote ‘Yes’ in the referendum, the voting base for the 2015 General Election will stay the same.

      Only changes after the 2015 GE.

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  15. 29
    Small_Ray_Gun says:

    He’s an alien from Zog that has lived in our midst for long enough for him to feel he’s now fully integrated.
    If he persuades enough of his weird friends to settle here he will try to arrange a ballot for the Zogians in England to declare themselves an independent state. He’ll then very quickly re-federate with Zog.
    They’re already conducting a feasibily study of how a bridge between Zog and here can be constructed.

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    • 32
      an alien from Zog says:

      Don’t compare me with that weirdo.

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    • 55
      Jack Ketch says:

      Hmm! The Speaker is one. The Leader of the Opposition is one. The Chairman of the Conservative party is one. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s father was one. The Prime Minister has a dash of the schmatlz brush. There are as many in the HoC as there are fairies and the female ones are really gobby.

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  16. 30
    helpful suggestion says:

    Stop postal voting fraud.
    Or this weird Marxist will be PM.

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  17. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Who gives a fuck what this generation of 18-24 year olds think. A wasted generation educated under Labour – illiterate, innumerate fucktards.

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  18. 46
    Not in my name says:

    Weird? Well who would have thunk it.

    I had the pleasure of being in his glorious presence last year and watched as the Q&A session turned into a masterclass in how not to do it. No press scum so went unremarked but it was train wreck stuff

    His bag carriers all had looks of resigned gloom.

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  19. 48
    Sizzla says:

    No doubt we’ll be treated to many “he’s actually quite charming in private ” messages.

    They tried the same with Gordon Brown only you ended up questioning the judgement of people who used their spare time to meet him.

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  20. 49
    Ed Moribund says:

    Many people go to Star Trek conventions, debate Marxism and spend their free time terraforming.

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  21. 52
    Alan Douglas says:

    Oh, but he IS a prime Minister in waiting … and waiting … and waiting etc

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  22. 56
    Sid says:

    It really is a shame to waste such a wonderful droll as Ed in politics.
    I think he should really have a whitewashed face, a pig’s bladder on a stick and a clowns outfit.
    he could then go out and make the electorate laugh instead of making them weep.

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  23. 64
    Ed Moribund says:

    Dont worry all, after 2015 I’m going to be a professional Ken Dodd impersonator. I’ve lined up Max Clifford as an agent.

    Ta ta for now.
    Ed.

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  24. 65
    nick says:

    Milliband is an ass. So are Labour for keeping him as leader. Good news for Cameron- hes their best weapon. Goddbye Labour at the next general election and good riddance.

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