July 22nd, 2014

Awkward Ed Miliband White House Moments

Ed arrived at the White House last night hoping President Obama might take a moment out of dealing with several world crises to help him with his election campaign:

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The Labour leader got his 25 minute ‘brush-by’ with the President. This was the least bad photo:

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They discussed Ukraine, Gaza, the EU and the economy. Just over six minutes each subject.

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What was in Stewart Wood’s bag? Surely not a gift from the Commons shop. Fortunately he just went for some DVDs, including House of Cards. The British version, obviously.

Ed didn’t exactly look comfortable:

Of course, within minutes the internet had delivered its verdict:

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Well at least it went better than Gordon, just…


245 Comments

  1. 1
    WTF says:

    What a twat

  2. 2

    Also known as “A regular day for Miliband”

  3. 3
    WTF says:

    Too true!

  4. 4

    Reblogged this on En Ulv i Skogen and commented:
    What a cretin.

  5. 5
    Edward Snowden, The Guardian's hero and living in Russia says:

    Indeed.

  6. 6
    Elvis says:

    A little less conversation, a little more action please.

  7. 7
    Carney Easing says:

    I wonder if Obama asked Ed if he could help him get his girls into Eton ?.

  8. 8
    Guffaws says:

    I can’t wait until Miliband becomes PM, it’ll be a laugh a minute!!!

  9. 9
    WTF says:

    Was he thinking – Obama, is your house also in a trust fund??

    Marxism, Militwat style….

  10. 10
    Will says:

    He looks like the unpopular boy at school trying to ingrate himself with the head boy and realising he is out of league.

    Mind you in his party he always reminds me of the kid at school who was always bullied by the other pupils and teachers etc.

  11. 11
    10north says:

    Ed looks like he’s impressing POTUS with his Rubik cube skillz in the last photo.

  12. 12
    the Elephant man says:

    Dear Beautiful Edward, your weirdness completes me xxx

  13. 13
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Who are these people?

  14. 14
    FrankFisher says:

    Which one?

  15. 15
    Sadiq Khan 4 Mayor says:

    Who’s the bag-carrying porker in the shabby suit?

  16. 16
    Elvis fan says:

    uh ha uh ha

  17. 17
    real world says:

    he was 100% the odd kid at school

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    Sounds like all you window lickers need to get out from the daycare centre if it bother you how others look.

  19. 19
    WTF says:

    The one that stabbed his brother in the back

  20. 20
    Rufus Eastbourne says:

    Desperate times call for desperate people.

    Miliband desperately needs to look serious yet goes to the White House and comes out looking like more of a plonker than before.

    What a weirdo he is. Poor chap.

  21. 21
    M says:

    Ed milliband :- “chuka’s taller than I imagined”

  22. 22
    Sir Peter Hayman says:

    Bugger me!

    As I told the 9 year old.

  23. 23
    WTF says:

    Labour maths he was at least 1000% right, or at least the results didn’t reflect his other qualities..

    Kindest (Not shown)

    Brotherly love (Scrub that)

    Honesty (Scrub that too)

    Economics (Scrub again)

    Whatever…

  24. 24
    TF123 says:

    Is absolute approval from the White House an indicator of a UK politician or party it is in UK voters’ best interests anyway? Approval from the White House almost certainly requires 100pc compliance agreed in full in advance with Washington’s policies towards the Middle East, towards Israel and Palestine, the EU, China, India, Brazil, Russia and of course we must not forget the NSA/GCHQ surveillance partnership. That is quite a list.

    Poor Ed cannot win either way really. The USA dictates UK foreign policy and has already declared it does not want the UK to leave the EU and does not want Scotland to become independent. The EU dictates many other UK policies as well. The White House loved Tony Blair and look at the trouble that got us into.

  25. 25
    WTF says:

    Kasparov he is not….

  26. 26

    If that happens, it will be the case of the British Isles being the new Atlantis, sinking both literally and metaphorically due to Marxist Militwat (or Beaker the Muppet as he’s otherwise known)

  27. 27
    Jesus says:

    The inability to eat a bacon sandwich shows Ed up as being crap at both eating bacon and at being a J#w.

  28. 28
    WTF says:

    I agree with one statement, “He can’t win either way”.

    Whether Israel agrees or not is not the big question; rather can the UK wean itself off Arab defense exporting?!?

  29. 29
    Jesus says:

    Who are you calling big nose?

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    How many of the 25 minutes was Obama in the room for?

  31. 31
    Official transcript of walk by says:

    “Pleased to meet you Mr Wallace, I’ve got a quick question, what do you feed your dog on, his name’s Grommit right?”

    “Er My name’s Miliband Mr President”

    “Oh, any relation to David Miliband? He’s over here doing some charity work”

    “He’s my brother, Mr President”

    “Oh so you’re not Wallace, well you sure look like him”

    “Well nice to meet you Mr (inaudible)…… bye”

    aside to an aide “Have I had my rabies shot ?”

  32. 32

    I shall never fail to regard Mr Obama with love and awe for his gracious condescension. He called me Ed (although it did sound like ‘Ted’) and smiled that lovely smile at me! I thought I could have drowned in his eyes! The White House pen that he let me use – that he gave me with his own dear hands! – I shall treasure always and keep in the most secret drawer of my private cabinet, wrapped in blue silk. Ahhhh!

  33. 33
    Left left their's nothing left says:

    The Kenyan meets the little boy from London or the treat when two lefties meet, so who are you?, as both losers talk to each other, god help us, America has an even longer way to go to recover it’s greatness, we are less than a year away before we go down the sewers.

  34. 34
    Bear hugs says:

    So who’s the fat mick going to libel today?

  35. 35
    Roma Bert. says:

    The one with a famous brother?

  36. 36
    Roma Bert. says:

    Uh huh

  37. 37
    concrete pump says:

    I bet you Barry and his staff have noticed the scruffy ginger c*nt and his carrier bag.

  38. 38
    Finger of Fun says:

    That last picture, is it a joke, Ed looks like he is battling with a bacon sandwich again?

  39. 39
    Village Idiot says:

    …..You can almost feel the contempt with which mili is held!…..Our present set of world leaders is a bit scary, seemingly willing to scream at Russia, without evidence, which is a silly, dangerous thing to do!….There is something not quite right in the way our western leaders are behaving!…Common sense once more, the curse of the left, has deluded them, and , even plebs can see that their thinking is a bit frenetic, but seems to have calmed a little bit today…..Has anyone held up bits of the , three quarters of a ton missile to the cameras yet?

  40. 40
    nell says:

    There couldn’t have been a more effective way of highlighting militwit’s inadequacies than to place him in the high powered white house where he looked totally overwhelmed and out of place. This shows exactly why he must never become the PM who has to deal confidently with world leaders. He would be gordonbrown markII.

  41. 41
    Taxfodder says:

    Truth is the peoples of the Uk and USA are poles apart from their respective governments and political establishments.

    As for patriots, take a tour around the war graves in France and when there ask yourself the question…..if you don’t know yet what that question is, don’t worry you will during your vist.

  42. 42

    Sort of Ironic really as his Father was from the same area of the World as Mr. Kasparov, well Marxists (Socialists) aren’t known for their intellectualism seemingly.

  43. 43
    With millibandcthe UK is doomed says:

    Who the hell walks into a meeting like that with a creased up placky bag that looks like it’s been used as a tramps dhobi bag

    Milliband and his circus are appalling and if they get in I despair for this country I really do.

  44. 44

    1, he was only there because his entourage said that one of Henson’s Muppets was here to meet him, all he had to say was “Fuck off Beaker”

  45. 45
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    The Oratory is better. State school in name but in essence private school standards and you can top it up with one-to-one tuition at £ 50 per hour.

  46. 46
    Ed Millibaconbuttie says:

    I love the last photo of the twat eating the bacon sarnie

    Can’t wait until he does a Middle East to visit . The photoshopping is gonna be absolutely merciless

  47. 47
    An Englishman says:

    I started despairing for the County in 1997.

  48. 48
    Obama's body double says:

    None.

  49. 49
    E L Whisty (Head Groundsman) says:

    That’s it. An epiphany. I now realise that Ed Miliband is a colossal statesman I shall devote the rest of my life tirelessly fighting for right thinking socialist values.

    Starting with my expenses claims…

  50. 50
    Billy Bunter says:

    I love a good rib tickling in the morning. Thanks for that, especially the last piccie.

  51. 51
    E L Whisty (Head Groundsman) says:

    oh, and my property portfolio…

  52. 52
    WTF says:

    The Marxist botherhood (and I mean ‘bother’) are a bunch of ladder-pulling-up-arseholes that try to produce a new monarchy.

    What twats…

  53. 53
    WTF says:

    Me too.

  54. 54

    God he’s such a f… berk !

  55. 55

    I’m in Hungary at the moment, they still posses that “Comrade” attitude, there is no Brotherhood with these brainwashed type idiots, Milibland will turn the UK into anther Hungary with his little junkets, the man is a grade-A twat.

  56. 56
    WTF says:

    +1 I couldn’t think how it would be written. :)

  57. 57
    fat mick? says:

    I guess that’s Labour’s ‘equality and diversity’ line out of the window, then.

  58. 58
    Durrr says:

    It’s called Photoshop

  59. 59
    Ed Millibaconbuttie says:

    FFS the close up of Ed is like looking at a badgers arse

  60. 60
    The Critic says:

    Is that bloke next to Obama doing a crossword?

    Is that woman on the other side of him a translator?

    Is Obama about to say ‘talk to the hand’

    WTF is in the carrier bag – Special Brew for the return trip ?

    Is Obama saying ‘ I don’t get this predistribution thing -explain it again’

    Why did Milliband keep the trip a secret?

    Is he totally incompetent?

    Why do Ed’s advisors let him have photo ops when eating. I know KFC prices are most reasonable in the US but did Ed have to order in during his meeting?

  61. 61
    WTF says:

    Double plus good comment!!

    Better would be that we re-examine the whole ‘charity’ system so the likes of Andrew Lloyd-Weber don’t supposedly abuse the system to cheat the taxman for their own decorative pleasure by buying pictures through a artistic trust to furnish their palaces. (As read in The Times a while back)

    Would welcome a definitive statement from their tax accountant to dispute this rumour.

  62. 62
    Ed Miliband. says:

    What are you doing here Chuka? Mama told me to call by David while I was in America.

  63. 63
    @US_politics_guy says:

    Not sure Obama liked his free owl

  64. 64
    Steve Miliband says:

    200 Benson and Hedges in the green back

  65. 65
    Little Ed says:

    Thumbtimes I wonder why am I doing thith job? And then I wemember Daddy.

  66. 66
    nell says:

    I don’t know about the question but the conclusion my brain came to when I walked around the war graves in Belgium and France was ‘Lions led by donkeys’

  67. 67

    It’s not really silly or dangerous.

    P’utin makes a move against a NATO country – boom – he’s gone.

    There is a strong case to be made that the R’ussian people perhaps need liberation from their regime. Now that notion is credible, and could catch on ;-)

    Vote UKIP :-D

  68. 68

    Dave didn’t exactly project a good image either when he’s was over there:

    A little bit too comfortable ?

    Vote UKIP :-D

  69. 69
    The President says:

    Who the hell was that?

  70. 70

    Maybe, but the USA hardly dictates its own foreign policy these days.

  71. 71
    An Aide says:

    Leader of H.M’s Opposition, Mr President

  72. 72
    Ed says:

    Oh, I came out without an owl about me.

  73. 73
    An Aide says:

    You gotta be kidding me.

  74. 74

    You gotta be kidding me.

  75. 75
    Mick Roach says:

    Vital debates in The House on Russia and Gaza and Miliband’s doing photo ops.

    I’d say style over substance but he manages to look so stupid in the photos. What a berk.

  76. 76
    TF123 says:

    Nothing has changed in that respect. We are still lions led by donkeys. Look how everyone swallows the anti-Putin assaults in our media as though he fired the missile which down MH17 with is own hands. No evidence yet at all, not even up to the standard of Colin Powell’s Emmy winning performance at the UN lying to us about Iraq’s WMD.

  77. 77
    Obamawama says:

    I like this Miliband guy, this putz will do everything I tell him and he’ll kiss my ass too. Tell the British to vote for this guy.

    Obee wama Dobee

  78. 78

    What a waste of time for Obama

  79. 79
    Antipo-dean says:

    In the words of Her Maj, “Are you tired? Are you ill???”

    Or, as I would say, “Didn’t you have a proper education? Get those ****ing elbows off the table.”

  80. 80

    I would love to meet Obama *innocent face*

  81. 81
    Bluto says:

    The political parties are still living in the pre-expenses scandal spin era of New Labour. The public have moved on to 2014 and have nothing but contempt for it.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Is Barry calling security on the phone?

  83. 83
    Halal Pork Pie says:

    I love the fact that they obviously chose the smallest table in the White House for the meeting!

  84. 84
    I Roger Boys MP says:

    Only Labour could elect retards as leader twice
    Oh but hang on , if thats all you have to choose from

  85. 85
    TF123 says:

    You aren’t wrong. Just who defines US foreign policy? Whoever comes up with policies to create war zones everywhere needs a cold shower. Malaysian Airlines do not fly over Ukraine any more, so now they fly over Syria!
    Supporting and endorsing Israel’s carnage in Palestine whatever they do is bad policy and makes no friends outside Washington and Tel Aviv.
    I wonder where UKIP stands in all this? They have kept quiet for a while and not joined the lynch mob for Putin yet.

  86. 86
    Barry says:

    Remind me again — was that wannabe intern from Eezrael or was he just an ordinary (s)limey y id?

  87. 87
    Me too says:

    As Jimmy used to say “I feel for the country”

  88. 88
    Elvtars says:

    Hungarians are not “comradely” . They care for family and close friends only. Years of socialism taught them to be very materialistic and to despise Russians, even children insulted them in the streets. Russian was compulsory in schools yet very few young Hungarians could get beyond a knowledge of the Cyrillic alphabet. They have quite a good business culture and their educational standards are BETTER than those in the West. If you want to see idiots, there are plenty of chavs in the UK.

    Hungary is also shamelessly anti-semitic and unlikely to appeal to Miliband.

    Don’t know what you mean by “Brotherhood”?

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    + 1 (squared)

  90. 90
    tigerowl says:

    OH dear. Usual educational standards of literacy taking the lead in this debate over Eds visit to America. Makes one wonder how we allow some to vote. I would suggest that anyone who wishes to vote should take a Britishness test. Most posting on here would fail miserably.
    Insults, ridiculous comments and just pure ignorance are why Britain is now so devalued overseas we are irrelevant. No wonder numpties like UKIP attract votes. Working people who have employment rights vote UKIP who want to remove those rights. Strange concept.
    So Ed goes to Washington and sees Obama. Who ever goes from this country will be wasting their time. Germany and France are the power brokers of Europe now. Britain is just picking up the scraps. We have shouted insults for so long at Europe they do not need us. And as we do not like foreigners, read the comments on such blogs as this, Asia, China, India, Old commonwealth, in fact everywhere else has no need of Britain.
    UKIP and the Tories have taken Britain back to just an isolated little bit of rock in the German ocean. Welcome to the real world.

  91. 91
    Fanny Batter says:

    Well said

  92. 92
    concrete pump says:

    I don’t think you get this blog, do you..?

  93. 93
    Fanny Batter says:

    Milliband did this meeting purely for the photo opp. And in his photo the nearest thing to the camera is a ginger twunt carrying a plastic bag.
    You don’t need to be a genius to work that bit out…

  94. 94

    R’ussian Donkey Leading L’ions to certain death:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/authorities-russia-continues-firing-at-ukrainian-positions-moves-100-extra-military-units-to-border-357167.html

    That is 100 Units moved to the E’astern U’kraine border near R’ostov, and R’ussia is continuing to fire artillery across the border from their side into U’kraine.

    Judging by the handling of MH17, R’ussia should perhaps consider reducing tractor production a little bit and increasing body bag production so as they can head off a future PR faux pas.

    Vote UKIP :-)

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    “Of course, within minutes the internet had delivered it’s verdict:”

    What? On poor grammar?

    Regards,

    Tom

  96. 96
    visibly shaken says:

    people don’t even ask “why do the rebels need anti aircraft missiles?”

    funny how we hear of Syria and Israel bombing civilians but not Ukraine.

  97. 97
    WTF says:

    I truly think that the UK should think about its trading partners more.

  98. 98
    Chuka ( you can call me Harrison ) Urmunneyaround says:

    Why go to Washington to see Obama when you can see the British version any time ?

  99. 99
    numptie says:

    Do I get a free tigerowl if I vote for you?

  100. 100
    POTUS says:

    A pleasure to meet you David but there is one thing which intrigues me. My briefing notes say that you aspire to be the first J3wish British Prime Minister and you like to eat salted hog subs, how does that work?

  101. 101
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Scroungers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

    Ed Multimillionaireband is basking in the aura of failure ready for the election.

  102. 102
    Anonymous says:

    You are totally fucking insane!

  103. 103
    visibly shaken says:

    where did wee dougie go half way through?

    did he pi$$ himself at the sight of Obama?

  104. 104
    The Dwarf says:

    I s’pose you’d want to give him one.

  105. 105
    WTF says:

    Yeap….good spot.

  106. 106
    the world as will and idea says:

    I don’t think he/she is getting ANY to be fair.

  107. 107
    Anonymous says:

    I am going to have that last pic as my screen wallpaper to wind up the Labour saddos in my office.

    Cheered me up no end.

  108. 108
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Scroungers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

    It will only be a laugh a minute if you don’t live here. The non sponging UK population will be mercilessly crippled by massive tax.

  109. 109
    Anonymous says:

    “Awkward Ed”
    He’s just lucky the Pres didn’t confuse him, with the eponymous equine hero from “Mister Ed”. Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth…
    What exactly do Palestinians have to do, to register on Barack, Dave, and Ed’s parallel-reality radar? Load their civilian casualties and fatalities into fleets of airliners, and fly them directly into Ukraine! When will it dawn on these idiotic loopy-ideology ‘leader’, debate-dodging dumb-asses? That addressing what threatens our entire species, cannot be achieved with a pick-and-perceive attitude that perpetuates unreal self-delusion in a real world.

  110. 110
    What a sad fuck says:

    Replying to your own posts.

    Despite being told countless times you still leave the text ‘deleted’ so everyone can see your many sock puppets.

    Do you even carve time out from this blog to take a shit, or do you sit on the commode while on the PC?

  111. 111

    I think there is precedence: !raq

    Vote UKIP :-D

  112. 112
    Anonymous says:

    If I remember rightly, I think you used to comment on the BBC Peston and Flanders blogs under that moniker.

    You didn’t have much to say of value then either.

  113. 113
    Eh says:

    Is that two questions, or one?

  114. 114
    visibly shaken says:

    i like the sound of living on an isolationist rock.

  115. 115
    Fred the pensioner says:

    The latest news tells us that there is an APB out on some weird freak who stole a gold plated White House pen earlier today.

    Dangerous, so do not approach if you see him.

    PS: Who paid for this little jolly for him and his hangers on?

  116. 116
    Left left their's nothing left says:

    Liebour did it’s best to oversee the destruction of Britain into the nonentity it is now, from getting voted in after WWII they have destroyed peoples savings, jobs, lives, they’ve have shown they do best when they lie, cheat and tax , they destroyed our Commonwealth, they couldn’t wait to join the fledgling EU the referendum they had was a YES YES vote, they loved the peoples of this country so much they opened the doors to the rest of the world rubbish to come and freely graze on the money that was paid in taxes by the people of this country, the hate exudes from all they pores of the people in the Liebour party , I hope Liebour never ever see power again because this time I’m afraid we will end up in civil strife.

  117. 117
    POTUS says:

    Hilary Clinton speaks highly of you David. She says you would have gone all the way to the top if your brother had not been for your brother.

  118. 118
    rick says:

    I think UKIP are very clear on all this: Trade, not war. An end to foreign entanglements. Put our own house in order first and foremost.

  119. 119
    Nick Clegg says:

    I agree with Nick.

  120. 120
    Tony Blair says:

    you’ll never kiss ass like I did, who wants a special relationship with a weirdo like you – now if you’ll excuse me, i’ve got some blood money to spend and watch what you are doing attacking the banks all the time, they pay my salary don’t you know

  121. 121
    The Growler says:

    Poor old Teddy, being ragged again by Fawksey, oh well, just par for the course, same old, same old.
    Now back to the Sun and the fake sheikh, oh dear he has been found out to be a very naughty boy old sheikhy and going to cost his beloved employers with more court costs over the Tulisa Contostavlos affair, bet it makes you proud to work for the same organisation as old sheikhy, eh? It’s almost on the same level as McBride and chums working for Broon.

  122. 122
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who was at the White House, said not enough was being done about MH17

  123. 123
    Len McCluskey says:

    Get back to work. Well after prayer and reflection and contemplation time anyway.

  124. 124
    Ed Watch says:

    I wonder did they notice him having a sly wank?

  125. 125
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who was at the White House, with President Obama, said not enough was being done about MH17

  126. 126
    Attention to detail says:

    They even managed to get the reflection right on the table!

  127. 127
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who was at the White House, for an important meeting with President Obama said not enough was being done about MH17

  128. 128
    Fawney Owl says:

    The numpties in UKIP must be hurting Labour for you to pop up and complain, ah! didums here’s a sugar coated dummy for you little one.

  129. 129
    Chuka posts a Selfie says:

  130. 130
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who in the White House, leading a meeting with President Obama said not enough was being done about MH17. The world must take action.

  131. 131
    Bill Quango MP says:

    mr Miliband? This is Macadamy Weinstinger from the President’s Office..following on from your visit with the President yesterday, he wishes to know if you can answer a question , is that going to be all right?

    “Gosh…jolly gosh..I mean..of course I would…you know, we had quite a long chat..he really seemed to take note of my predistrubtion ideas and predator capitalism …”

    “Uhh..huh…well the president wants to know if you left your breathing inhaler behind? It is silver and has a picture of a yellow daisy on it?”

    “Erm…well..er…actually yes..I think..you see…my mum..she got..”

    “Very good sir..the president said it was really cute. It will be sent to your hotel suite…you have a nice day now..”

  132. 132
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who spoke from the White House lawn after his bilateral meeting with the leader of the free world, said not enough was being done about MH17. The world must take action.

  133. 133
    Bill Quango MP says:

    You’re the only one that still does.

  134. 134
    vrano says:

    There is a sure fire method in dealing with Russian style propaganda.

    You let them set themselves up then knock them down. As for evidence…wait for it.

  135. 135
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who in the White House, led a meeting with President Obama said not enough was being done about MH17, the world must take action and as the British Prime Minister that is what I intend to do

  136. 136
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Serves him right. The head of state of one country is under no obligation whatsoever to waste time meeting visiting leaders of opposition parties from elsewhere – especially those who seem to just invite themselves….

    Meeting Miipede is what US diplomats in London are supposed to be doing.

  137. 137
    The Numbers Man says:

  138. 138
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed was in the White House yesterday.

  139. 139
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Add a speech bubble for Obama.
    “Hi , Tony! So glad you could call me back.”

  140. 140
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Ah, memories! I had an uncle who drilled that into me from when I was knee high to a grasshopper. Still sticks to this day!

  141. 141
    M­a­­q­b­o­­ul says:

    Similar conditions exist in Russia and its crony FSU states as did in North Africa just before the Arab Spring. A small elite have absolute grip on the economy using the power and finances of the state to the benefit of their private companies. Consequently they control employment and dictate wage levels and even jobs are a commodity to be traded.

    Unless you are “connected” you are unlikely to get a decent job and are confined to poverty all your life. You can go to university and get a degree, you will probably have to bribe the professors to get the grades you deserved, but you will end up working in a bar or selling vegetables. It was this situation that caused Tunisia to rise up and Putin is sitting astride such a powder keg.

  142. 142
    Sorry To Go On says:

    Your conclusion is reminiscent of the title of a book about the war published in 1929 and echoed by Alan Clark in “The Donkeys”. The British General Staff were not donkeys but were forced by politicians to conduct offensives against stout defensive positions with unwieldy armies of over a million men. The generals visited the front every day during major offensives and over 60 were killed doing so. It was new to everyone, industrial in scale and utterly unfamiliar when compared to colonial conflicts. They, not LLoyd George (always thinking of the election) took the blame for the inevitable losses. The German generals did not perform any better and their losses were higher.

    Put yourself in the position of Field Marshall Haig. Refusal to lead and resignation was not an option.

  143. 143
    Anonymous says:

    +1 (squared)

  144. 144
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Ed Miliband, who in the White House, leading a meeting with President Obama said not enough was being done about MH17, the world must take action. He thanked the President who handed over the keys and launch codes to the US’s nuclear arsenal.

  145. 145
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Did the green bag have a copy of McMental’s book?

    If these were the official photos for release the press, what were the rejects like?

  146. 146
    Fred the pensioner says:

    You forget, he was NOT elected as Leader – he was appointed to the post by Communist union barons.

  147. 147
    Mr Puniverse says:

    Obama should have taken him to the gym and they could have a workout….

  148. 148
    The BBC says:

    Over now to our correspondent Toenails Robinson who is in the White House where our hero Ed Miliband has been having talks with President Obama

  149. 149
    Number 10 spokesman says:

    Unfortunately our enquiry into child absers in Government has had to be put on the back burner however on the plus side we have announced an enquiry into the Russians which will begin asap.

  150. 150
    Anonymous says:

    +1 (squared)

  151. 151
    vrano says:

    If Hamas’s Arab neighbours are indifferent to their troubles and think they brought them on themselves, why should our opinion be any different?

  152. 152
    Anonymous says:

    What a twat Cameron looks in that picture.

  153. 153
    Off-record briefing says:

    Illegal and/or uncontrolled immigration dominated talks.

    Obama, currently allowing U.S.borders to be overrun, congratulated Miliband on Labour’s success in blazing the trail and boosting the lefty client base in this way.

    Miliband noted that Obama, given his current rate of success, will probably exceed what Labour managed. Both reaffirmed their commitment to “rubbing the noses of the right in it”

  154. 154

    It’s not exactly the West Wing

  155. 155
    Anonymous says:

    You are talking about the UK…right?

  156. 156
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Thank you…and welcome to Washington.

    Ed, today, strode the world stage like a prime Minister in waiting. In a 6 hour meeting in the Oval Office, Ed solved the Middle East crisis, the war in Syria, the Iran Nuclear stand off and the Cuban Missile Crisis. In a conference call with Vladimir Putin, he also agreed to scrap the West’s nuclear deterrent.

    Not a bad day’s work for our young, handsome, intelligent leader to be.

  157. 157
    Fred the pensioner says:

    Great! If we are so meaningless to the EU, WTF don’t they just kick us out and have done with it? That would seem to suit them and us admirably.

    …..oh, sorry, I forgot about our 55 million quid a day subs that they really would miss if HMG lost the cheque book for a few weeks. Perhaps they’ll manage to put up with our griping and sniping for a bit longer then.

  158. 158
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    Oh…and did I mention that Ed Miliband was in the WHITE HOUSE yesterday?

  159. 159
    Stating the bleedin obvious says:

    Obama is so far back from the desk that he’s sitting in another room. Whilst Ed gets so excited he has to hide his engorged todger under the desk.

  160. 160
    Nick Cleggs Foreskin says:

  161. 161
    The BBC's Toenails Robinson says:

    ….WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA

  162. 162
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    ‘Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live’.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/dermer-idf-deserves-nobel-peace-prize-for-unimaginable-restraint/

  163. 163

    The flip side though are careers in the military.

    Wages have been put up and there are benefits attached now – including access to higher education.

    What is keeping the lid on the powder keg is that many of the younger generation are going into a service which ultimately maintains that status quo, and indeed many families aspire for their children to do so now in order to have them escape the poverty cycle.

    Many people there are Ok with dictated wage levels and corruption as it is similar to what existed under the communist system and they perhaps – like Labour voters in the UK – share a misguided cargo cult mentality that going through those motions of self harm will bring back the good times of the past.

    Denying R’ussia a victory in U’kraine, or even delaying it with a large R’ussian body count would damage the support base which P’utin has constructed.

    UK perhaps should give up on the strategy of trying to coerce oligarchs to effect change in R’ussia: They may have money but they have no direct power in R’ussia anymore – Politics trumps Economics in that country for sure.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  164. 164
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    Actually, I find it quite useful having the ‘deleted’ link showing; you can see how many comments come from the same person. Often it’s about half of all comments to any original post.

  165. 165
    Fred the pensioner says:

    The President held out his hand and said that he had heard Milipede was a member of one of those ‘hard working families’ we hear so much about and wanted to examine the crusty carbuncles on Milipede’s hand.

  166. 166
    Farage balloon says:

    …and you think the Tories are any different?

  167. 167

    Old Polish saying…
    “Not our Circus, not our monkeys.”

  168. 168
    Liebour says:

    Tigerowl will detail how Britain was so influential when a proper government sucked up to the EU from 1997-2010. Go ahead, Tigerowl.

  169. 169

    It’s the expressions on the faces around him that speak louder, and broadly are in agreement with your point.

    Vote UKIP :-)

  170. 170
    A Six pack, I would have thought. says:

  171. 171
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    I’ve just had a thought : I wonder if the Guidos employ a room full of monkeys bashing away at keyboards to provide an artificial boost to the comments. It probably enhances any advertising revenue the operation gleans.

  172. 172
    Edward Snowden, The Guardian's hero and living in Russia says:

    +1 Vote UKIP and a :) just to piss off the rest.

  173. 173
    Viperous Old Vince says:

    In Nick Clegg’s case, they threw the wrong bit away.

  174. 174
    Abu Qatada says:

    The time and resources invested in Gaza’s tunnels, which could have been invested above ground, reflect Hamas’s sick and twisted values.

  175. 175

    I though that he would, at the very least, have commented on the level of moss in the lawn and volunteered his use of “Green Thumb” to keep down the weeds in his little bit of this multipli-mortgaged Sceptr’d Isle.
    If one looks closely at the green bag, it appears to be from the House of Commons’ shop and, probably, includes a couple of bottles of cheapo HoC Scotch in lieu of Duty Free.

  176. 176
    A room full of monkeys says:

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  177. 177
    IDF says:

    …but we would have blown them all up!

  178. 178
    Mr Galloway says:

    I don’t get it. If it is honor for Hamas to be martyred, why don’t Hamas leaders step out of their bunkers and get it over with?

  179. 179
    john in cheshire says:

    The top pic reminds me of Frank Zappa song Brown Shoes Don’t Make It (I think) – Nasty on the White House Lawn.

  180. 180
    Joseph Geobbels says:

    Now that’s what I call chutzpah!

  181. 181
    Joss Taskin says:

    Allan’s run out of virgins ?

  182. 182
    The Dougie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B says:

    Ed’s muscled me out in two photos. I may as well have been airbrushed.

  183. 183
    Jeville-Granner says:

    Phew!

  184. 184
    Anonymous says:

    +6 million

  185. 185
    The Way It Works says:

    Harold Macmillan said that the British were “the Greeks in the Americo-Roman Empire”.
    As such the ‘Emperor’ should be present to have his hand kissed by a potential new leader of a vassal state. It is useful also that the President emphasises that America shall have a voice in Europe, albeit one with an English accent, and shall be supported in whatever initiatives he undertakes without demure.

    Miliband is not required to do say anything except “I agree Mr President”.

    Miliband proved quite good at this.

  186. 186
    Putin says:

    You are invited to the black box launch party. Just plug into USB and put what you want.

  187. 187
    Anonymous says:

    …err…only the female ones!

  188. 188
    Frank Foreskinner says:

    Q: What do you call the useless piece of skin that hangs off the end of Ed Balls’s penis?

    A: Yvette Cooper!

  189. 189
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Got to hand it to the IDF.

    Injured Golani Brigade Commander Lt. Col. Ghassan Alian, released from Hospital & returns straight to Gaza to be with his unit!

    Now if that was Owen Jones ,Oy Vey ,he would have 6 months off on sick leave.

  190. 190
    bergen says:

    The way the polls are looking , it’ll be in 9 months. God help us.

  191. 191

    Entirely agree with this analysis of the War Office and General Staff. Brits were used as diversionary forces to draw off German forces from French and fighting static engagements attacking reinforced prepared defences. It only took the General Staff to get a grip on the combined use of Artillery and large infantry tactics and outcomes such as the Ancre (Somme, 13/11/1916) became possible.
    Politicians have always interfered to the detriment of the strategy and the men undertaken the mission. It was ever thus, War is only the continuation of Diplomacy at another level.

  192. 192
    Joseph Goebbels says:

    “Ghassan Alian”

    That was my motto!

  193. 193
    Owen Jokes says:

    If that was me, I’d return straight directly to my eunuch.

  194. 194
    Anonymous says:

    The BBC just can’t help themselves.They even LIE about the length of the meeting.

  195. 195
    Dr Death says:

    I suppose fighting for your very exsitence focuses the mind somewhat…

  196. 196
    Keep your friends close, but keep your enemies closer says:

    Dermer’s comments followed a statement issued by Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, who on Sunday said that the IDF is the “most humane and bravest army in the world.”

    During World War II, the British army responded to German attacks with the “carpet bombing of German cities,” Dermer said. While he was unwilling to criticize the United Kingdom for doing so, he continued, “at the same time, I will not accept, and no one should accept, criticism of Israel for acting with restraint that has not been shown and would not be shown by any nation on earth. I especially will not tolerate criticism of my country at a time when Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live.”

  197. 197

    According to R’ussian Rebel Militia leader B’orodai, whose forces recently shot down a civilian airliner but before realizing that tweeted a stack of gloating propaganda about shooting down a Ukraine military plane, the internet is just lies:

    25 mins is about 30 mins if you are glass half full, otherwise it is just under 30 mins. It’s ‘kind-a-sorta’ reporting one expects from the BBC.

    Vote UKIP :-D

  198. 198
    Jesus says:

    I get it now, you are here to discredit UKIP. The only thing that stops you being as big a twat as BW is that some of the disinformation you post is quite interesting and you are always a good read. But a twat you are all the same.

  199. 199

    It is a little less final than an Ice Pick and tends to leave a pleasanter aspect for the viewer to see. We all know that with Axel Foliage, inherent obsolescence is a definite disadvantage but look upon this is Nature’s way of suggesting an a new direction in your life line, say trawling dustbins for recyclable tin cans and pop-bottles.

  200. 200

    Not at all. If the UK is independent of the EU it would be free to pursue its own Foreign Policy objectives as it did under B’lair and before.

    Those who argue that R’ussian’s should be left to suffer under their current regime are perhaps the ones who are to be discredited, but it is not really the UK’s position to lead that but there should be no restrictions on expressing such a view which would be in line with UKIP’s libertarian position.

    The notion that one should not criticize R’ussia on the basis of some nebulous threat is simply giving in to their form of coercive diplomacy, and is also a very bizarre after echo from the political correctness that Labour decided to impose.

    Your comments towards the flag of the European Union and UKIP constitute a form of ad hominem perhaps because a cogent argument against cannot actually be constructed.

    One should note that the notion of liberating R’ussian’s from their regime is simply mirroring the R’ussian position of liberating R’ussian speakers in U’kraine from their own government in U’kraine.

    UKIP seek to liberate the UK from the EU.

    There is a pattern and logic to the reasoning. Is it becoming clearer now what is actually being targeted for discrediting ?

    Vote UKIP :-D

  201. 201
    Live long and prosper says:

    Good point, Mr Galloway. Anyone considering martyrdom should always follow the lead of those who urge them to martyr themselves. That way they will lead a long and happy life.

  202. 202
    Anonymous says:

    I still cant work out WTF Unite thought they were doing !

  203. 203
    Fanny Batter says:

    THank fuck for that. Without Ed’s insight Obama would be lost on this one…

  204. 204
    The two Muppets says:

    Is he for real ? President Obama knows that Miliband sided with Putin and
    Assad over Syria and chemical weapons . The Labour leader will always
    revert back to his Marxist upbringing and his East European heritage .
    And this muppet wants to be Prime Minister of UK . God forbid .

  205. 205
    Cynic says:

    OBAMA

    “I have been looking forward to meeting you. Michelle and I had Dave round for dinner last week. Incredible guy …you are very lucky to have him as a brother

    Anyway, nice to chat and if there’s anything else I am sure the butler can help you on the way out

    A photograph? Of course. They re available in the Gift Shop for $10″

  206. 206
    Shooty* says:

    So, that means Ed is going to win now, right?

  207. 207
    Off-record briefing PS says:

    Miliband boasted that Labour had so successfully brainwashed civil servants and border officials, that they in turn had persuaded the Cameron-led coalition that it was impossible and wrong to halt uncontrolled immigration.

    Obama noted that it probably helped that Cameron, according to some pundit called Dominic Cummings, is a weak, lazy, clueless lightweight.

  208. 208
    Jesus says:

    If Israel disappeared tomorrow the Palestinians would have about a week of freedom before Hezbollah and Assad’s forces swept through the country and slaughtered them all for being the wrong sort of sand people.

  209. 209

    Everyone knows that naughty schoolboys shouldn’t put their elbows on the table when hauled in to see the headmaster.

  210. 210
    It's Ed Mr President David is his brother who the majority of Labour party wanted as Leader says:

    Obama: ” Having met with the leader of the British Labour Party I can honestly say that I can work with Mr Miliband should the British electors vote for him in May next year. As I said in the meeting to David…you and I are on the same page on most things !”

  211. 211
    Jesus says:

    Why bother? The world will hate you no matter what you do. Better to just carpet bomb them till the ground is more shrapnel than sand.

  212. 212
    R.I.P pre-1997 Britain says:

    Ed Miliband looks like a school kid trying to take things too seriously.

    A different subject from this, I watched Question Time last week, and realised how spiteful, smug, annoying and hypocritical Caroline Flint is.

    I’m not a fan of the Coalition Government, but Labour politicians like Caroline Flint always start-up phony outrages and use scaremongering tactics (true or false) to claim more votes.

    Caroline Flint (from Twickenham) & Ed Miliband (from Camden) are two useless champagne hypocritical socialists that do nothing for Doncaster.

  213. 213

    Pres to Militwerp….” Three half pence a foot. That’s me best offer. Tek it or leave it”.

  214. 214
    Norma Stitz says:

    Miliband practised shaking hands with Chuka before his visit to make sure he could act normally with a ‘person of colour.’

  215. 215
    Squirrel-Chewing On Nuts All Day says:

    Hello douchebag,

    You’ve strayed from the BBC today haven’t you! Still your little arrogant contemptible self I see…

  216. 216
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I’m still waiting for the brown owl they promised.
    And the lap top.
    And free broadband.
    And cure for cancer.

    All promised 2003-2010.

  217. 217
    The Labour Party uses London Socialists to exploit the North says:

    Ed Miliband (from Camden) represents Doncaster North.

    Caroline Flint (from Twickenham) represents Don Valley.

    Yasmin Qureshi (from in Gujarat, Pakistan, but raised in Watford) represents Bolton South East.

    Luciana Berger (from in Wembley) represents Liverpool Wavertree.

    Hilary Benn (from Hammersmith) represents Leeds Central.

    Jack Dromey, Harriet Harman’s Husband (born in Brent, lives in Herne Hill South London) represents Birmingham Erdington.

    Keith Vaz (from Twickenham) represents Leicester East.

    Valerie Vaz (from Twickenham) represents Walsall South.

  218. 218
    Ask Jeeves says:

    Is a ‘brush by ‘ the political equivilent of a hand job as opposed full sex ?

  219. 219
    Anonymous says:

    Obama to wee Douglas Alexander:

    So little Jimmy, what have you been up to since the Krankies finished?

  220. 220
    Michael Foot's Donkey Jacket says:

    Only a cloth-headed lefty bell-end could take a plastic carrier bag to a meeting like that. I’m lost for words – and you know my form.

  221. 221
    Labour Policy Unit says:

    A room full of monkey you say.

    Very interesting.

  222. 222

    I know of the “Hungarian lifestyle” as I live there, my Wife and Son are Hungarian nationals, I’ve lived in and out of Budapest, nobody has a sense of family there, just money and corruption by FIDESZ.

    And not only anti-Semitic but xenophobic in the upmost, and that’s just the Police.

  223. 223

    But, yes their Schools (at least the non-government ones) are far in advance of the UK, only (in my experience) Germany, Norway and France have better educational standards.

  224. 224
    tallrite says:

    Obama: “Who ARE you?”

  225. 225
    tallrite says:

    At least that Caroline has tits.

  226. 226
    Salivater says:

    Hatred of Israel is all that unites Moslem countries. Its an essential service Israel provides for free.

  227. 227
    The Best of All Possible Worlds says:

    Correct. Palestine is regarded by Assad as “Southern Syria”.

    Be grateful. If Islam were monolithic the current undeclared war we have with them would be an open one.

  228. 228
    Matt says:

    The ‘pets’ feeding on the Government teat might also find it amusing.

  229. 229
    Dr Evil says:

    Is a Brush By just an extended and polite Brush Off?

  230. 230
    Think KGB! says:

    Indeed. Can the contents, for what they are worth, be trusted after so many hours available to Russian technicians for altering their data?

  231. 231
    Voiceover says:

    Obama: “So, how come the only ones with dark skin and a bra are on my side of the table?”

  232. 232

    Oh do fuck off 95 — you fucking wanker grammar anonymong pedant !

    Language evolves — innit??

  233. 233

    Is that why Blair s kids went there?

  234. 234
    Obama says:

    …and who’s that wee little irritating Scots guy with with you?

  235. 235
    cynic says:

    They all look as if they see through each other, and don’t like the view.

  236. 236
    Heir-peace says:

    I wasn’t there, but Miliband is clearly a fucking lunatic!

  237. 237
    Time and Motion says:

    I get up at 07:15hrs have shit, shower, shave, dress and am in the car on the way to work at 07:40hrs, now that’s a good use of 25 mins. Another good use is at 18:05hrs I leave work and go to the pub, for pint and a chat, before setting off home ands yes that takes about 25 mins.
    Somehow I don’t see Millipede’s 25 min being as productive or enjoyable…bit like a guy in our office who take 25 mins to make a cup of tea for himself and then complains its cold…un-employable but for the fact he is related to a director.

  238. 238
    FibDem Media Guru says:

    Has he lost his inhaler or remembered his bacon sandwhich

  239. 239
    Skooly Ed says:

    Ed looks like a school boy turning up at a parents evening with his 2 gay dads. Skool Report:

    Ed has a lot to learn, he does not pay attention in class and we are tired of retrieving his head from the school bogs. He has an absolute belief he will be PM one day, despite the fact he is a crap school monitor. He has made friends with the school bully Len McCluski who is likely to be expelled soon. Overall he is getting grades. Goodbye.

  240. 240
    Waiting for it... says:

    Expert on propaganda, or just the Russian-style?

    Care to let us know how to deal with Ukraine-style, US-style, EU-style, China-style, Mid-East etc propaganda.

    Or are you just an expert on Russian-style?

  241. 241
    Is Stella Artois named after this? says:

    I just love Stella drawing attention to it.

  242. 242
    Ed Miliband the Vacuum Inhaler says:

    looks a complete twat

  243. 243
    Mr President your flushbye today is birdshit boy says:

    6 minutes a subject .. meet greet and retreat

  244. 244

    As he does in every picture…

  245. 245
    Evanelpus. says:

    I like that Red-Ed. I heard a rumour he has set a target of 25 million immigrants by 2020, the REST CAN COME LATER.


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