June 19th, 2014

McBride: Ed’s Team Are Not Election Winners

Damian McBride is back and blogging for the first time in almost a year, giving both barrels to Miliband’s inner circle. Stewart Wood look away now:

“There are many positive things to say about the people managing Ed Miliband’s operation and running Labour’s campaign. They are well-spoken, well-read, well-connected, and if you stay on their right side, quite genial. You’d feel safe sitting them next to your mum at a wedding.
But what they are not is fighters. They will never give their press team and foot-soldiers the ammunition required to win the next 40 weeks in the media and on the doorstep, not just because they lack an understanding of what might do the trick, but also an appreciation of why doing so matters. Not when they could be attending a Thomas Piketty symposium instead.
Just like David Cameron, Ed Miliband has been guilty of recruiting his innermost circle of advisers entirely in his own image. That’s alright in peacetime if it helps him shape his political philosophy and refine his personal blueprint for government. It might even be OK if basking in a large majority in office.
But with an election to win – an election Labour can win – Ed urgently needs to add some ‘wartime consiglieres’ to the mix, not in place of the very capable and trusted people he’s got, but working alongside them…

Ed Miliband’s Labour party is genuinely blessed with countless advisers, MPs and top shadow ministers who not only – to quote Patton again – “love the sting and clash of battle”, but know exactly what war needs to be fought and won each week of the year ahead. The problem is that none of them are currently managing Ed Miliband’s operation or leading Labour’s campaign. And that needs fixing fast.”

It’s almost a job application…


  1. 1
    Civil Savant says:

    What McBride means is that Ed’s liars aren’t good enough. He needs a completely new team of liars, proven in their capacity to lie and be unquestioningly believed when doing so.

    McBride wasn’t a bad liar by all accounts. Campbell and Mandelson were expert liars and still practice the art occasionally on our TV screens.

  2. 2
    Save Ed Miliband says:

    Labour could hire Machiavelli, Karl Rove, Albert Lasker and Joseph Goebbels and it still wouldn’t change the fact that Miliband is a plonker.

    It’s not the team it’s the leader.

  3. 3
    The Lone Ranger says:

    Who cares, we’re voting UKIP :)

  4. 4
    A Circle of Ed's? says:

    Just like David Cameron, Ed Miliband has been guilty of recruiting his innermost circle of advisers entirely in his own image.

    The very thought is nauseous.

  5. 5
    Socialism is theft says:

    All Labour need to do to win the election is to promise them more of other people’s money.

  6. 6
    dai querying says:

    job application? – for which party?

  7. 7
  8. 8
    Mitch says:

    Ed’s team are not election winners.

    In other news, the Pope is revealed as being Catholic.

  9. 9
    Engineer says:

    The McBride approach – the electorate don’t like our policies or our leader, so we’ll win by smearing everyone else.

    Hmmm. Think we’ve been here before……

  10. 10
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

    This Country will be finished if the disgusting Labour Party get elected. I can’t afford that level of scum to be in control of my finances.

  11. 11
    Bloomers in rain-soaked Bongo Bongo Land says:

    Don’t be daft.

  12. 12
    McPoison says:

    I’m looking forward to spending months in Gordon’s bunker with all my old winning chums like Dolly Draper.

  13. 13
    Anonymous says:

    McBride thinks he’s Gene Hunt.

  14. 14
    David Axlegrease says:
  15. 15
    LibLabCons are in it for the LibLabCons says:

    We can win an election but can’t run a country yeh

  16. 16

    Fantastic website. Lotts of helpful info here.
    I’m senhding it tto some friends ans also haring in delicious.

    Annd obviously, thank you for our effort!

  17. 17
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “…love the sting and clash of battle” – which, in his dictionary, means lying, bullying and cheating, as well as smearing not just political foes but the spouses of those foes.

    A nasty, devious but ultimately an empty little shit is McBride. Politics needs less of his ilk, not more.

  18. 18
    Courier Cycle Path says:

    “That’s alright in peacetime if it helps him shape his political philosophy and refine his personal blueprint for government”

    What political philosophy? It’s all rubbishy soundbites.

  19. 19
    David Axlegrease says:


  20. 20
    McPoison says:

    Harsh but….

  21. 21
    Sarah Millington says:

    I am sure that smug sycophant Nick Robinson & the BBC will once again kowtow to this venal, nasty piece of work.

    If a Tory advisor had done what he did the BBC would never allow them to forget it.

  22. 22
    Ryan Oserrous says:

    Leader? He’s a follower. Today he’s pretending to be tough on welfare. Maybe tomorrow he’ll tell us he likes business or will pay down debt? Either way he’s reduced to responding to Conservative pressures.

    Nobody believes him.

  23. 23
    Mornington Crescent says:


  24. 24
    RED LEN says:

    I am the leader.

  25. 25
    Neil Hamilton, UKIP spokesman says:

    We can’t even win a by election

  26. 26
    Rob Butcher says:

    Ed Miliband, what a nimrod!

  27. 27
    T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

    Don’t go for any walks alone in the wood…..

  28. 28
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “Something of the night!” “The nasty party!”

    Repe’at ad nauseam.

  29. 29
    Tom Catesby says:

    If they love the,’sting and clash of battle’, come round here!

  30. 30
    Clarkie says:

    He likes it at the Radisson does Damian.

  31. 31
    Hadley "Screaming Banshee" Freemann says:

    Hear me roar you white male transphobic sexists.

    Join me and Caroline Criado-Perez in campaigning to force all media outlets including blogs to achieve #equality with 50% of stories about and written by female women.

  32. 32
    Tom Catesby says:

    Voting UKIP.

  33. 33
    Tony Smooth says:

    They are pretty much all the same.

  34. 34
    Alreet on the Neet. says:

    Hey Sarah, we saw you on the telly on that show ya do.
    My Mrs ses you should stop eating pies and stotties pet.

  35. 35
    Axelplod says:

    Yeah.. I just figured that out.

    Ed Miliband would be lucky to get a zero hours contract from Wonga.

  36. 36
    Tom Catesby says:

    Great minds think alike, now tell us something we don’t know, genius.

  37. 37
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

    Tough on welfare, yeah right. Look at the welfare shithouse the Labour Party created last time.

  38. 38
    Swiss Tony says:

    Getting elected is rather like making love to a beautiful woman. You fuck whatever is in front of you.

  39. 39
    Anonymous says:

    Why would anyone listen to a word this dirtbag has to say?

  40. 40
    Tony Foo says:

    The labour party like the Conservatives, and even worse the Liberals, are in denial about the size of the electoral problem over immigration. Every single thing senior labour people have said on this subject since the European elections has served to only dig them deeper into a hole. They need to wake up and smell the coffee, the political elite are wrong, and the public are correct, immigration is completely and utterly out of control, from flooding our country with Indian nationals on uncapped ICT work visas, to the numbers being brought in systematically on community organised marriages, and so on.

    If they don’t fix this they deserve to fail.

  41. 41

    I know! What we need is a website – lets call it Red Rag – that can be deniable and will never get caught as it smears our opponents

  42. 42
    anon says:

    That’s a lot of talk for a Marxist fatman. He dreams of being a soldier. He dreams of being in the Mafia. What a seriously disturbed,cowardly asshole.

  43. 43
    Anonymous says:

    Let’s see what happens in Portsmouth South.

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    The intra-company transfer visa system could do with a good audit. That the visa that offers the employer a 24-month holiday on NICs? I wonder how many of the workers on one of those visas remain in their posts longer than 24 months? A revolving door to reduce employers’ exposure to NICs?

  45. 45
    Not in my name says:

    So Ed needs some people with real guts in his team.

    The type of people not afraid to tell him and his minions unpleasant truths and kick hem into worthwhile action.

    Not going to happen.

  46. 46
    NE Frontiersman says:

    ‘Ed Miliband has been guilty of recruiting his innermost circle of advisers entirely in his own image.’

    It worked fine for Wellington; that’s not the problem.
    Ed’s not Wellington; that is the problem.

  47. 47
    Fred the pensioner says:

    …. No 5: …and a guaranteed in/out referendum {or should he ‘forget’ he will be strung up atop Big Ben for the next 15 years}.

    There FIFY.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    The U.K’s unreformed electoral boundaries give a 5%-7% advantage to Labour.

    UKIP will take between 10%-12% of the vote, mainly from Cameron’s Sopping Wet Conservatives.

    Ed Miliband doesn’t need to fight. His party will stroll it.

  49. 49
    Not the Delphic Oracle says:

    The immigration problem is unstoppable unless we get out of Europe’s “Open door” rule. It is no good trying to limit numbers by imposing delays in Benefit entitlements as both external and internal funding readily available to fund any number of Trojan Horses and then families arrive when head of Household is on the benefits register.
    As there is no prospect of changing the rule, as my old dad taught me…If you don’t like the Rules, change ‘em or leave.
    Not much point Clogg offering a Referendum the LimpDicks are re-elected. Like Cameron, it ain’t going to happen.

  50. 50
    Ann, the poverty stricken accounts clerk says:

    Bravo!! More please… :-)

  51. 51
    Tim Yeo-Yo says:

    What is important is that you will be punished for your war crimes.

  52. 52
    Flaming Torches R Us says:

    .. and then the revolution will kick off… I think the Brits have just about had enough of our crooked voting system and its bent beneficiaries.

    Watch this space – oh and get your pitchforks sharpened.

  53. 53
    The two Muppets says:

    McBride is trash ,and a disgrace to politics . He has prior history with the
    numpties in the shadow cabinet . Balls, Miliband and Brown were up to
    their necks in the lies and dirt that this scumbag produced .
    Labour really are the nasty party .

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    I think you spelled “Hunt” incorrectly.

  55. 55

    A blunt rusty pitchfork would be more effective .

  56. 56

    The immigration problem is more than unstoppable, the most porous open border is the maternity wards!

  57. 57
    lose / lose says:

    It’s either that, or one-term Dave who’ll be inviting more moz from Turkey and some medieval peasants from Albania.

  58. 58


    That s beddah . Someone who appreciates the qualities a wartime consigliere brings to “The Family”

    Go in early go in fast and kill every last one of the stinkin’ muthaf—–s

  59. 59
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Innit funny how Paxo – retires from the BBC and then … McBride rears his ugly head.

    ‘cos i was just thinking about that ‘interview’ Paxo did with McBride down in Brighton about 2 years ago – when McBride “publicly invited” the public on BBC TV – to level any criticism at him for any criminal act that he may have comitted.

    The MET Police of course – are as crooked as they come and have been ‘leant on’ to ‘close down’ one particular complaint that was made to them. And the fucking bent and criminally corrupt atop the MET – think that it’s all going to go away do they?

  60. 60
    Tonto says:

    Damn right, kimosabi.

  61. 61
    Alan Clarke, Tory, originator of Bongo Bongo Land says:

    You’d be daft not to.

  62. 62

    Who s back ? Damian ? …..Bad Omen ..

  63. 63
    UKIPping says:

    But we can spell by-election.

  64. 64
    Apthorpe says:

    I don’t think you need worry too much about Ed winning, more depressing perhaps is the fact that Dave will fail to win outright again and look to shore up a government with the rump of the LibDems. I actually think he’ll get a slim majority mainly on the perfomance of Ed and his team of clowns. what Dave would do after that remains to be seen but I’m not putting my faith in that in/out vote on the EU. UKIP need to have a strong a vote as possible to keep the pressure on Dave if he has a majority in the HoC to have any hope of him following some sort of Conservative agenda.

  65. 65

    spinning like a spin doctor should – you can trust them as far as you can throw them

  66. 66
    Damian Mc-Bribe (Gordon Brown's #1 Assassin) says:

    (1) Hatchet job on Harman: More explosive disclosures as Brown’s spin doctor reveals how he spread poison about Harriet Harman and ‘bottler’ David Miliband (Daily Mail, 24 September 2013):

    “Another day – and another set of revelations that will rock Labour from former spin doctor Damian McBride. Yesterday, in this exclusive Mail series, he confessed to smearing John Major, savaged ex-Chancellor Alistair Darling and told how Ed Miliband ended their close friendship just to further his own career. Today, he admits to knifing two of the party’s most senior figures..”.

    (2) The explosive smears that blew up in the face of the assassin: Concluding the series that’s convulsed Westminster, McBride reveals how he was destroyed by his own malign tactics (Daily Mail, 25 September 2013):

    “His confessions have sent the Labour Conference into a tailspin. Yesterday, Damian McBride admitted Harriet Harman and David Miliband were among the many victims he knifed to protect his master, Gordon Brown. Today, in our final extract, he reveals how spreading a series of mendacious allegations about prominent Tories finally saw him evicted from Downing Street . . .”.

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