Ed Miliband: What Is Vice?

Asked a question about patronising young voters at Labour’s ‘Youth Manifesto’ launch, Ed successfully managed to patronise young voters. Here is his exchange with former Telegraph investigations reporter Ben Bryant, now at Vice News:

BB: “Hello, Ben Bryant from Vice News”

EM: “From where?”

BB: “Vice News.”

EM:Oh right. What does Vice News do?”

BB: “We make films, we write stories.”

EM: “Right.”

BB: “So one of the criticisms of this election campaign has been how controlled it is. You yourself have only done one walkabout with voters so far. Don’t you think that all of this stage management bullsh*t is particularly alienating young people?”

EM: “I don’t think you count as stage managed, do you Ben?”

No wonder they were keeping him away from questions…

War of the Words

There’s a spin war on and Labour think they are onto a Romney-like gaffe by IDS:

“The Tories renamed the Bedroom Tax the “spare room subsidy”, they claim. Is this really the whole story? 

Back in 2012, a government policy was introduced that remains named the “under occupancy charge” or the “under occupancy penalty”.

It was Labour that started the cultural revolutionary tinkering, branding it the “bedroom tax”.

In doing so, they won the narrative, but lost the honesty war.

Even the High Court ruled that it is not a tax.

And so it a bit rich for the left to complain about renaming policies.

Is it really any surprise that the Work and Pensions Secretary would want to “rename zero-hours contracts flexible hours contracts“? Work without fixed hours guaranteed always used to be called casual labour, before Labour dreamt up the much nastier sounding “zero hours” moniker. War is peace, ignorance is strength…

Rent Your Flat To an MP, If You Dare

Nice to see the mansions of SW1 getting a look in – this letter has been posted to flat owners near Westminster – but surely this has to be the biggest fib of the election? MPs will be “good quality, respectable tenants”:

Dolphin Square landlords need not apply…

Ed’s Floppy Farage Power Pat

At least Nige went back to collect his notes…

Six Questions the Next Government Must Answer

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Carswell Quips He Would Have Liked to Write UKIP Manifesto

Douglas Carswell let slip more than he probably should have last night when asked if Nigel Farage had no input into his party’s manifesto. “If only,” Carswell quipped back.

QT audience member “I’d like to know how much input Nigel Farage actually had into the UKIP manifesto…

DimblebyYou think he just accepted what others have written for him? Douglas Carswell?”

CarswellIf only.

In fact it was put together by a team under the hugely impressive Suzanne Evans, the UKIP deputy chairwoman who was the primary author:

su-evans

Tim Aker stood down from producing the manifesto – he was too busy getting elected as a councillor in Thurrock and an MEP, with a good chance of also becoming an MP – all within an astonishing year. In the past UKIP’s policies have been fairly mocked as made up on the back of a fag packet and disowned as drivel by Nigel Farage himself, this time they have been stress tested by a team of economists. It shows in that days later the manifesto has not unraveled…

Survation/Mirror Snap Poll: Miliband Wins

The Rainbow Coalition

Expect the Tories to play this section showing what life would look like under a Miliband government again and again:

Here is Farage accusing Miliband of lying on the NHS:

Chaos, to coin a phrase…

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#BBCDebate: Moment Farage Attacked “Left-Wing” BBC Audience

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#BBCDebate: Sturgeon Silences Miliband

Both the BBC and Sun ‘worms’ are putting Nicola Sturgeon ahead of Ed Miliband so far. Ed was left gurgling as Sturgeon told him “we need to replace the audience with something better”:

The three left-wing women are ganging […]

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Confirmed: Desmond Gives a Million to UKIP

As Guido reported earlier, and the Express have now confirmed in an ‘exclusive’, Richard Desmond has opened his chequebook and donated a million pounds to UKIP. He says:

“I firmly believe in Ukip. It’s a party for good, ordinary British

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