May 16th, 2014

What Exactly is Axelrod Here to Win for Labour?


Labour have focussed on what really matters in this morning’s papers; briefing out every single detail of David Axelrod’s movements and first meeting with the Shadow Cabinet to the Times, FT and Guardian. However it is unclear from the spoon-fed lines whether his warning that “people are working harder and getting nowhere” is about the British people or Labour themselves.

All this begs the question, what is Axelrod actually here to achieve? Do Labour want him to win the election or merely the odd news cycle? Is this a gimmick that gets them a bit of coverage, or is he actually here to restructure their sprawling organisational mess and install some much needed discipline? This morning it looks like it is much more about PR than anything else…


  1. 1
    Ockham's Razor says:


    You tell me.

  2. 2
    Malcolm Tucker says:

    Miliband – from bean to cup, you f*ck up.

  3. 3
    The underdoug says:

    What is Axelrod here to win?

    Munneee. Lots and lots of lovely munneee. All paid for by the depositors of the Coop bank.

  4. 4
    john mackie says:

    A couple of hebes trying to manipulate their way into power. All that’s wrong with western democracy in a single photo.

  5. 5
    Ho Lee Fuk says:

    Recovery stalls in Europe as austerity grinds on

    ECB needs to launch “shock and awe QE” to arrest slump in Eurozone, says think tank

  6. 6
    Mike Stallard says:

    “All this begs the question, what is Axelrod actually here to achieve?”
    Answer is – a victory for the Trades Unions! He who pays the piper, calls the tune.

  7. 7
    Send him packing says:

    There’s not a chance that the unions gobshites will change anything, so Labour won’t change either

  8. 8
    LibLabCon/MSM EU Election Campaign Grid (Final Week) says:

    16th May: Attack UKIP.
    17th May: Attack UKIP.
    18th May: Attack UKIP.
    19th May: Attack UKIP.
    20th May: Attack UKIP.
    21st May: Attack UKIP.
    22nd May: Attack UKIP.

  9. 9
    Unpaid sub-editor says:

    One of these may be what you intended to post:

    A. Labour have focussed on (what) really matters in this morning’s papers

    B. Labour have focussed on really matters in this morning’s papers

    Could you give us a clue as to which it is?

  10. 10
    Stool Watch says:

    “David Axelrod’s movements”

  11. 11
    Libidinous Demagogues says:

    It doesn’t “beg the question”, it “prompts the question” you illiterate idiot.
    …and you missed a word out.

  12. 12
    Steve Miliband says:

    The Unions dictate Labour policy.

    Euro elections coming up and they are campaigning on a ‘coth of living crithith’

  13. 13

    Austerity is the only realistic way of curing the present ills ,it was spending billions of Euros of imaginary money that got them into this state .
    The EU should not be taken to task for imposing austerity but for making the imposition of it necessary in the first place .

  14. 14
    jack says:

    To “beg the question” means to avoid or evade the question, and is a useful phrase. Please do not join the current illiterate tendency to use it to mean the opposite -“raises the question” – for which there are perfectly good existing phrases …er ..”raise the question” being one of them. Buck up.

  15. 15
    Casual Observer 2 says:

    23rd May: Shit bricks

  16. 16
    john mackie says:

    I, too, am sick of the misuse of ‘begs the question’.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Axelrod’s appointment is about ensuring that J*wish inspired libertarianism i.e. equalitarianism (female and racial), as an undermining strategy to subvert the nation state, is further promoted. Along with furthering right-wing (the New Left) free market corporatism and securing the free movement of labour to establish a Federal EU. Oh, and I nearly forgot, to protect his kinds business interests and hegemonic status.

  18. 18
    Sue Denim says:

    Were you never taught that one shouldn’t end a sentence with “out”?

  19. 19
    Del Boy Trotter says:

    Rodders you plonker!

  20. 20
    Time 4 Change says:

    Sunday 25 May empty bowels when results published

  21. 21
    Head of English, Basingstoke Comprehensive School says:

    What u on abaht?

  22. 22
    Forget me NOT says:

    So who is the troughing ex MP who wants to be re-elected and has demanded Google forget her history?

  23. 23
    Sir barrington Minge says:

    Who is Ed Balls?…….and why?

  24. 24

    Vote UKIP – Get UKIP :-D

  25. 25
    thostids says:

    Well…it seems to me that he is another “Crystal Meth” figure-head from foreign, sunnier climes who will divert attention from the real head bangers. He will make lots of suggestions that will be debated, debased and ignored and, in due course, the whole thing is going to go tits up.
    Miliband and his claque will take up some other ‘ism that a far distant people of whom we know little, like the Scots, might gullibly take up and, in the interim, the taxpayer will find that Cameron’s hair extensions are costing ever more as his galloping Male Pattern Baldness exfoliates his scalp and he and Boris look likes pair of matching boiled eggs in a double egg-cup.

  26. 26
    Alexrod says:

    It’s great to be here in Europe. David Miliband has been an awesome host.

  27. 27
    Guffaws says:

    Miliband: outshined by backroom consultant. Hilarious!

  28. 28
    Steve Miliband says:


  29. 29
    The BBC says:

    Nigel Farage confessed to watching the Eurovision Song Content last Saturday.

    There is a special phone in on Radio 5 Live every day next week – “why is Nigel Farage such a hypocrite”

  30. 30
    The Growler says:

    Well Fawkesy, Liebore could do with some good PR, the Cons have their own PR man in the form of Dave the Magnificent, the trouble he has got a bit rusty in the spin art of PR.
    UKip have their all in one man, PR, leader, spinner a goods allrounder in Nigel, the LimpetyDems really do need a good PR man, they are probably waiting for one of the leading parties to make a big cockup before the GE.

  31. 31
    It's curtains for labour. says:

  32. 32
    The Growler says:

    The LibsDems, Liebore and Cons are too busy attacking each other, looks as UKip will have a straight run, leaving the squabbling children behind.

  33. 33
    Peter Martin says:

    Indeed. I’m guessing A). Moving on…

    “a gimmick that gets them a bit of coverage”

    That wouldn’t secure endless fawning interviews from Today to Newsnight would it? Surely not?

    Despite, or maybe because of such coverage…

    “What Exactly is Axelrod Here to Win for Labour?”

    If building on their efforts so far in becoming an unelectable laughing stock based on revealing their true competencies daily, it may well be the undying gratitude of the British people.

  34. 34
    The Growler says:

    The City of London controls the Cons, you can almost see the puppet strings being pulled when Dave does his speach at the Lords Mayor’s dinner.

  35. 35
    Not in my name says:

    Something must be done.

    So they did. …something…

  36. 36
    The Critic says:

    Question. If Milliband is aiming for the 35% strategy(because the rest of us will never fall for his one nation/squeezed middle/state intervention dividing line bovine scatology , why does he need an election guru? Or do his 35% die hards supporters not believe him either?

    Prayer would be a cheaper, more efffective option than hiring political mercenaries if that is true

  37. 37
  38. 38
    The Critic says:

    And that is somehow worse?

  39. 39
    Unpaid sub-editor says:

    Which are totally dependent on the ability of water to travel uphill?

  40. 40
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Yes! That is the only real hope for the LibDems.

    Some total and humongous cockup. Metaphorical, literal, allegorical, metaphysical, sexual… surely something can conveniently drop out of the sky?

    Please? Pretty please?

  41. 41
    Skiver on Benefit says:


    Please go up a size!

  42. 42
    Pedant on Benefit says:

    Well observed, Sue. Grammatical murder will out!

  43. 43
    r56hu5 says:

    Axlerod is here to win support for Zioloon foreign policies.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    “Begging the question” is a form of logical fallacy in which a statement or claim is assumed to be true without evidence other than the statement or claim itself.

  45. 45
    Libidinous Demagogues says:

    Don’t be thick, it was an anapodoton, now get out!

  46. 46
    Aardvark says:

    Can’t you mix it up a bit.

    Every day, the same conspiracies about JOOOOZ

    Can you write some posts about BLACKS or GYPSIES?

  47. 47
    John Bellingham says:

    British media-manipulation for British media manipulators!

  48. 48
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    So if I were to say ‘can you put the cat out?’ it would be wrong?

    Interesting. I honestly hadn’t heard of that rule before.

  49. 49
    not working and getting everywhere on benefits says:

    I like axel… do doo do do dodah..

  50. 50

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