Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Exclusive:
Douglas Alexander Orders Gagging of Internal Miliband Critics

Labour’s weekly conference call between election coordinator Douglas Alexander and the party’s regional organisers has been blighted with negative feedback about Ed Miliband for months. The local party hands report back on issues coming up on the doorstep during canvassing, and Alexander feeds that back to the top. Ed has apparently been the constant complaint, and the regional staff did not mince their words…

Except, well placed Labour sources reveal, someone has put a stop to all that. Guido hears that an official from Labour HQ – at the express behest of Douglas Alexander – rang the regional officers and told them to stop bringing up the criticism of the leader in the calls. Is an ostrich strategy better than no strategy at all?

Monday, October 6, 2014

#SaveEd: Et Tu, Alan?
Johnson Allies Plot to Knife Miliband Before Election

Yesterday’s post-conference YouGov/Sunday Times poll put the Tories two points ahead of Labour and had Miliband personally trailing Cameron by 41 points. It clearly didn’t go unnoticed among friends of Alan Johnson, whom the Telegraph today reports are plotting to help mount a leadership bid to oust Ed before the election. Apparently “the rebels hope to convince him to stand if disaffection grows over the coming months while also building up enough support inside the party to convince Mr Miliband to stand aside”. For Alan is an honourable man…

The list of suspects is long. In the weekend papers Lord Gulan Noon slammed Miliband’s mansion tax as “hopeless and desperate”, Lord Levy described it as “totally inappropriate”, and donor John Mills said it would cause “all sorts of problems”. An anonymous Shadow Cabinet briefer sniped at Team Ed: “they are in the ideas business, the rest of us are in the winning-votes business”. Even Prezza piled in, attacking Ed as “far too timid” and saying of his policies “nothing sticks in my mind”. Calling all members of the Don’t Unseat Ed Miliband Association: code red…

Monday, June 23, 2014

Former Miliband Insider Defects to the Government

In yesterday’s Sun on Sunday column Guido exclusively revealed that Ed Miliband’s former speechwriter Phil Taylor has sensationally defected to the government, becoming a political adviser to LibDem justice minister Simon Hughes. Taylor, who worked at the heart of Miliband’s leadership campaign in 2010, tells Guido he believes it would be “a disaster” if his old boss Ed wins a majority in 2015, because Labour’s economic policy is “nonsense”. Lifting the lid on the divisions at the top of the party, Taylor says Labour is still blighted by “Gordon Brown type leadership”, warning that “Miliband­-Balls is just as bad as the Blair-­Brown era, everything has to be agreed by both of them and signed off by both of them. Miliband is too weak to stand up for himself.” Taylor is an experienced Westminster operator having advised ministers in the last Labour government and serving in opposition as a spin­doctor for shadow cabinet minister Maria Eagle until earlier this year. He blames the Shadow Chancellor for Labour’s woes: “I fell out with Ed Balls because Labour’s economic policy is nonsense. I tried to push through policies on cuts but Balls blocked them.

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Elsewhere, it’s a Code Red Save Ed situation in the rest of the weekend papers. The Sunday Times is particularly brutal, quoting one of Miliband’s inner circle, when asked what they would do if he became PM, as replying: “I’d get the hell out of there as fast as I could“. A Labour frontbencher twists the knife: “We communicate in a language most people neither speak nor understand“. Meanwhile in the Express a Labour MP reports “It is back to the Michael Foot era, if not worse, in terms of capability and the ability to lead” while in the Guardian a frontbencher warns “We are at the mercy of Brown people who lost it for us last time“. Labour spinners like John McTernan are insisting in a panglossian way that Miliband is the victim of “bullying” from his enemies in the press, despite the most damaging quotes coming from Labour insiders…

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ed’s Guardian Problem (Part II)

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As Guido pointed out yesterday Ed Miliband appears to have lost the support of the Guardian’s political writers, today the paper splashes on the loss of faith within the shadow cabinet. This is despite, or perhaps because, he recently came to the Guardian’s offices to do a Q & A session with the editorial team…

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ed’s Guardian Problem

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Labour spin-doctors have always feared the “Tory press”, they should take a look at the headlines in their own hinterland, the above are from Yesterday’s Guardian. They dwell on the Ed Problem. If the core Labour luvvie vote is lost what hope is their for Ed as the polls narrow. The UK Polling Report rolling average has Labour now on 35% and the Tories on 32% with the trend showing Labour declining. 45 weeks to go…

Thursday, January 2, 2014

François Hollande Abandons “Milibandism”

In a panicky new year message France’s President François Hollande has pledged to cut public spending, lower taxes and reduce labour costs for businesses in a bid to convince French voters that he is trying to avert le triple dip. The opposite of the policies which can be described as “Milibandism”.

It seems only yesterday that Ed was welcomed onto the steps of the Elysee Palace with a handshake from his new best comrade, saying:

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“What President Hollande is seeking to do in France and what he is seeking to do in leading the debate in Europe is find that different way forward. We are in agreement in seeking that new way that needs to be found and I think can be found.”

Socialist Hollande now has the lowest net approval rating ever recorded for a French President at +20%. When you are a loser no one wants to shake your hand, as this batch of photos of Hollande with world leaders shows. Well, all apart from one other socialist leader with an even worse net approval rating of -34%, Monsieur Miliband…

Monday, August 19, 2013

Guy News: Public Have Their Say on Ed Miliband

Friday, August 2, 2013

Save Ed: Now Mirror Goes For Miliband

Looks like George Mudie was saying what everyone in the Labour Party is thinking yesterday. The Staggers, LabourList, even Owen Jones, have all broken ranks and given Miliband a kicking this week. Now it is the turn of Kevin Maguire to twist the knife in the Mirror:

“The truth is the Labour leader isn’t the decisive, dominant political figure he needs to become if he is to stroll into Downing Street. David Cameron and the Conservatives are there for the taking yet too often Miliband fails to land the killer punches. Labour MP George Mudie’s “hesitant and confused” outburst stings because it rings true. The Tories are regularly allowed to call the shots because Miliband doesn’t know whether he is coming or going…

Maurice Glasman, a Labour peer and Miliband’s onetime guru, famously concluded his former pupil “flickered rather than shone”. That verdict was in January 2012. This is August 2013. Election day is now only 20 months away on 7 May 2015. And Glasman’s assessment remains disturbingly accurate for Labour.”

Guido hopes this won’t become a recurring theme in the run up to conference season. Save Ed…

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Quote of the Day

Ed Miliband tells fellow Labour NEC member Ken Livingstone not to worry…

“Ed Miliband phoned me yesterday evening, and he briefed me on what he’s doing – he has not the slightest intention of breaking the trade union link. I had a text from his office saying that the news Ed will end the union link is total nonsense and emphatically not his view or our line.”

 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Prime Minister Miliband: Tough on Sardines

Ed Miliband is giving a speech today explaining how Labour can be tough on spending. He praised by way of example Atlee’s 1945 Labour government’s attitude to spending, “This is a government that banned the import of sardines because they were worried about the balance of payments. It shows a government can be remembered in difficult times for doing great things.”

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