Maggie Miliband

If you’re at your wits’ end come eight o’clock this evening then why not tune into Radio 4 to hear Ed Miliband in conversation with the Indy’s Steve Richards. Apparently not joking in his attempt to relaunch himself as a conviction politician, Ed tells Richards that he’s just like Maggie:

“She was a conviction politician and conviction really matters. In the 1970s, it was a similar moment, in the sense that an old order was crumbling and it wasn’t 100 per cent clear what was going to replace it. The challenge of the future is who can rise to the scale of challenge that the country faces and who can create a project for how this country’s going to be run that is genuinely going to make our economy work, not just for a few people but much more widely.”

A frightening thought…

Millionaire Miliband Questions Mount Awkward Ed's House Worth £2.3 Million

Watch wee Dougie squirm. Four times Andrew Neil asks him whether awkward Ed is a millionaire, four times the shadow foreign secretary refuses to answer. Why could that be?

Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that the north London townhouse house Ed and Justine bought for £1.6 million three years ago is now worth a cool £2.3 million. What’s more, Ed’s wife switched their £400,000 mortgage from Clydesdale bank to Barclays in September. That whole calling for Bob Diamond’s head thing must have slipped his mind.

The questions aren’t going away. Guido will keep asking until Millionaire Miliband tells us how much he’s worth…

Video via @liarpoliticians

Video: One Nation Ed in 90 Seconds

Via Staggers

Who Wants to Be a Mili-onaire?

Awkward Ed’s inability to answer the million pound question yesterday hasn’t gone unnoticed.

The Telegraph reports that:

“Ed Miliband found it easy enough to criticise David Cameron’s “millionaire” status, but when questioned about his own personal wealth, the Labour leader struggled to find an answer.”

While the Mail piles in:

“The morning after his widely-praised conference speech, Mr Miliband was forced to defend claims the Prime Minister would personally benefit from a ‘tax cut for millionaires’ but refused to discuss his own levels of personal wealth.”

As seen here yesterday. You’re either in front of Guido…

Ed Splits One Nation Into Two

Not quite a comprehensive failure, but Ed’s ‘I’m just like you’ re-branding exercise has failed to convince voters of his one nation credentials. A straw poll by the Daily Politics shows that, even after his speech attacking “posh boy” Dave, 50 percent of people still think the millionaire Primrose Hill-raised Corpus Christi graduate is posh himself. Or as they put it: “the way he comes across, they way he walks and talks, I think suggests posh. But because he’s Labour he doesn’t really want to say that…If I was his dad I’d be disappointed with him”. Hardly a resounding success…

Fat Cats On Stage Behind Miliband

One nation, two fat cats…

Via Express.

Ed Will Give You Déjà Vu

When you sit down to watch Ed Miliband’s speech at 2:15pm you may find that all of a sudden a funny feeling comes across you – the feeling that you’ve heard these very lines before. You wouldn’t be wrong.

This afternoon Ed will tell the Manchester conference hall: “My family hasn’t sat under the same oak tree for the last five hundred years. My parents came to Britain as immigrants, Jewish refugees from the Nazis”. Almost word-for-word identical to an article he wrote for the Telegraph in June: “My family have not sat under the same oak tree for the last 500 years. My parents were Jewish refugees from the Nazis”

Always looking out for the little guy, Ed will give us an anecdote about unemployment today: “The young woman I met earlier this year at a youth centre in London. She had hope and ambition, she bubbled with talk about her future, she had sent off 137 CVs but not even had a reply to any of them”. The very same anecdote he used in a speech on jobs in March: “Like the young woman I met recently at a youth centre in London. She had sent off 137 CVs, and hadn’t got a single reply”.

Ed’s also going to tell us all about his favourite teacher today: “I still remember the motivation, the inspiration from some amazing teaching. It was a tough school, but one with order, because of the scariest headmistress you can imagine, Mrs Jenkins”. Just like he did in a party political broadcast in April: “We had an incredibly tough, incredibly charismatic headteacher at my school… nobody messed with Mrs Jenkins”.

And what about small business? This afternoon Ed will say: “The small businessman I met in July, Alan Henderson, proud of the sign-making business he built up over 40 years. Alan was ripped off by the bank he had been with all that time and has been living through a nightmare ever since”. The same Alan Henderson Ed talked about during a banking speech in July: “Last Thursday when I visited Alan Henderson. Alan, his wife Margaret and his daughter, Julie, run a sign-making company in Putney…a four year nightmare which has undermined the family business and still does today”.

Finally we have Ed’s famous comprehensive school education. Today he will insist: “I know I would not be standing here today as leader of the Labour Party without my comprehensive school education”. Just like he did in April: “I would never being doing the job I was doing if I hadn’t gone to the kind of school I went to”.

Turns out when it comes to Ed, we really have heard it all before

Exclusive Ed Video: My Education, My Father, My Story

 

Where's Ed? – Press Coverage Plummets

Ever thought you haven’t been seeing much of Ed Miliband recently? You wouldn’t be wrong. A new study by LexisNexis has found that both Boris Johnson and Danny Alexander receive more press coverage than the leader of the Labour party. Ed Balls didn’t fare much better – apparently he has a lower press profile than Ed Davey.[…] Read the rest

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Ed: Gordon Was Politically Crackers

Ed’s back to school interview in the New Statesman is a growing source of amusement this afternoon. The Labour leader used an interesting choice of words to attack the former Prime Mentalist’s government:

“There’s one way that says you just set lots of targets centrally and that’s the way you make public services work.

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Piri Piri Mili

Guido has already reported the efforts to which the Labour Party are going in order to hit the ground running in the Corby by-election. There is only so far the back-room operation can take things though.

Out on the stump events, and indeed pictures say it all…

Guido’s favourite anecdote so far is the report that Ed asked a group of teenage girls: “what can politicians do for you?[…] Read the rest

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Friday Caption Contest (Ed Ball Edition)

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Labour Confirm G4S Will Guard Their Conference

Ed Miliband had a pretty tough stance on G4S after the Oly-shambles, even going as far as saying they should be banned from government contracts in the future:

People want bobbies on the beat, not G4S. I don’t think G4S should receive their £57 million management fee for services provided to the Olympic games. 

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When Mitt Romney Came To Town Part II

Looking forward to Rom-Cam later…[…] Read the rest

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From Mrs Duffy to Master Duffy

Not everyone at the Durham Miners’ Gala liked Ed Miliband’s speech.

At least the son of Brown didn’t call Isaac Duffy “that bigoted boy”…[…] Read the rest

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Miliband Had Peter Oborne In His Pocket

Ed weirdly confessed this lunchtime that he had kept an article by Peter Oborne in his pocket for three months, but Rainman refused to say which one. The Labour leader was hardly spoilt for choice for favourable Oborne articles, however. Was it Oborne’s “Ed Miliband can’t score even when he has an open goal”?[…] Read the rest

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